Football roundup – The Business End of the Premier League & The German rollercoaster
The Business End of the Premier League
It’s the make-it-or-break-it time of the season in the Premier League as we approach the month of April. Every team is playing around 7 matches in 4 weeks in the league. So many crucial fixtures to look forward to that could change the dynamics of the table in a month.
The title race is very much in Arsenal’s hands as we enter the jam-packed month of April that could decide the fate of the young and determined Gunners with Manchester City breathing down their necks.
A Top affair
Mikel Arteta is leading the young blood of Arsenal to a grand slam finish in the Premier League since the 2003-04 season in Highbury. Most of all, the first league trophy lift in the Emirates stadium since its coronation. The highly motivated Saka, Odegaard, Xhaka, Gabriel, and Ramsdale are geared up to make the moment happens to reignite the spark of a whole new different flavor of Arsenal football since Arsene Wenger.
Under Pep, the current champions’ aspirations are high in the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup, as they begin a crucial stretch of games. Manchester City is displaying indications of a strong finish, having lost just once in 14 contests.
Entry to the Champions League would be Manchester United’s primary goal for the upcoming season, and as of now, it is firmly in their palms thanks to the fact that their Europa League and FA Cup campaigns are still alive. Erik Ten Hag may have ended the trophy drought, but since Sir Alex Ferguson’s post-era, the supporters have only asked for consistency and character in their gameplay, which remains in the hands of the Dutch Manager.
Another trophyless season is on the horizon for Tottenham, and the recent departure of Conte has just made things worse despite spending $140 million on transfers. The only talking point of the club remains to be Harry Kane, who has just become a country and club legend in a span of 2 months. The Champions League would be a great consolation, but with Newcastle breathing down their necks with 2 games in hand, anything could happen at the end of 38 games.
The Bundesliga Roller-coster
For the first time, Dortmund is leading at the beginning of April above the German powerhouses Bayern who are just a point behind. The Meisterschale battle is just as fierce, with four teams who have a chance at the title. The season’s unexpected duos are FC Union Berlin and SC Freiburg who have been a force to reckon with so far.
The upcoming Der Klassiker has been given even more spice by Thomas Tuchel’s unexpected appointment as Bayern Coach. Dormund’s visit to the Allianz Arena is undoubtedly the biggest game of the season and could determine the league’s champion. Only a victory will allay worries about Bayern’s slide and take the top spot away from Dormunds Control.
Borussia Dortmund had a lot of unknowns at the beginning of the season, so supporters may have been wise to adopt a pragmatic outlook. Some BVB fans may have fallen off the hype train as a result of Edin Terzi abruptly taking over as captain of the ship after Edin Rose was unexpectedly fired.
But after a rocky start to the season, Terzi was able to shrug off all uncertainties and find some steadiness. Borussia Dortmund has closed a nine-point deficit and is now one point ahead of the defending German champions as a result of an incredible turnaround in form since the winter break.
Without a doubt, this is Borussia Dortmund’s best opportunity to capture the Bundesliga champions over the last decade.However, before supporters can harbor any expectations, Bayern were quick to fire Julian Nagelsmann and bring in former Champions League winning Chelsea boss – Thomas Tuchel – despite Nagelsmann having a prolific unbeaten run in the Champions league. And immediate indications seem to be positive as Bayern have quickly managed to establish a 2 point lead as they prepare to face Pep Guariola’s Manchester City in the champion’s league Quarter Finals, and Tuchel might even set up a potential meeting with his former team – Chelsea, or they could set up a European heavy weight match against Real Madrid depending on who wins the tie.