Manchester United’s (Man U) return to Champions League (CL) football headlined the culmination of the English Premiere League (EPL) 2019-20 season, with all 10 games on the Final day throwing up mostly expected results.
The game at the King Power stadium in Leicester however, was the most anticipated given the English giants had missed out on top level European football last season and needed a win to secure a CL spot. They did just that with two second-half goals from Bruno Fernandez (penalty) and Jesse Lingard scoring with the game’s last kick, deep into stoppage time.
With Man U finishing third, Chelsea joined them in the top four with a facile victory over the Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge. The Wolves needed a win to seal a Europa League spot but fell short with Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud scoring for the Londoners. Ironically, both goals came in injury time of the first-half.
Tottenham Hotspurs did seal their Europa spot though. Their game with Crystal Palace ending 1-1, meant that the Wolves could not prevent them from finishing sixth, behind Leicester, who bagged the other Europa spot.
There was despair as well as there always is on the final day, with Bournemouth despite a fluent 3-1 win over Everton, joining Watford and Norwich to be one of three clubs to be relegated. Aston Villa was the luckiest team on the day, holding West Ham 1-1 to avoid relegation by that very point.
The League returns for the 2020-21 season on September 12, and with Champions and Europa League football along with tournaments like the FA Cup lined-up throughout end July and August, the top teams especially, have very little time to regroup and plug gaps before that.
The next season will also see the return of Leeds United to the Premiership after a whopping 16-year gap and the club, which has dazzled the League earlier in its popular Canary Yellow colours and with players like Robbie Fowler, is sure to add to the richness of the League. West Bromwich Albion will also be joining them and the third team to make it up from the Championship division will only be known after the six –team playoffs.
All-in-all, the EPL 2019-20 season will long be remembered, not only because of the Covid-19 pandemic induced disruption (hopefully not), but because of the reinstatement of Liverpool as the best in English Football and the tremendous football that the likes of Mo Salah, Jordan Henderson (player of the season), Sadio Mane, Virgil Van Dijk and gang displayed under the inspirational tutelage of German manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool, were certainly worthy Champions, as they always have been.