The Competition in the Barclays League

by Neil Bhardwaja

This season in soccer, an intense “brawl” has been occurring in the Barclays League. Amazing teams have been facing each other with outstanding results. There are 4 teams with a solid chance to get to the finals or even win: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City.

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1. Arsenal

Outstanding Players: Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott

Arsenal may not have outstanding stars like other big clubs such as Real Madrid or PSG, but they have a solid team. They have incredible chemistry and a great play style, and these strengths are propelling Arsenal through the League. Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott are still pretty young, yet they play with experience, as they possess incredible dribbling and especially sprint speed. A solid midfield includes Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, and Santi Cazorla. Mesut Ozil has incredible heading, Jack Wilshere has awesome passes that set up incredible opportunities for goals, and Santi Cazorla certainly assists with his accurate crosses.

2. Chelsea

Outstanding Players: Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic , Andre Schurrle, Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea has certainly been a team to watch this year, as they have gained incredible players like Diego Costa. Chelsea possesses and incredibly strong offense, and their goalie is a force to be reckoned with. Diego Costa, the main striker, has proven his skill by greatly improving Atletico Madrid, and now he is lending his talent to Chelsea. His phenomenal dribbling and especially shooting gives the opposing team’s goalie shivers. One incredible aspect of Chelsea is their speedy midfield. Schurrle and Hazard are incredibly fast players, who can easily dribble the ball from one end of the field to the other. Chelsea also possesses Matic, a phenomenal defender with good headers and incredible defense. One of Chelsea’s biggest weapons in their arsenal (joke intended) is their goalie, Thibaut Courtois. A younger star, his incredible diving and speed can make him be compared to a younger Neuer. He along with Diego Costa helped lead Atletico Madrid to a better future.

3. Manchester United

Outstanding Players: Radamel Falcao, Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, Luke Shaw, David de Gea

Manchester United made an incredible slew of trades this year, getting incredible players from clubs like AS Monaco to Real Madrid. Man. United has a unbelievable offense with powerhouses like Radamel Falcao, Robin Van Persie, and Wayne Rooney. Though they may not be the fastest, they have a very powerful shot and good dribbling. Angel di Maria and Juan Mata make up a good midfield: they are fast and have good passes and defense. Angel di Maria already proved his A game by assisting Ronaldo in Real Madrid. Luke Shaw is an amazing defender, and he is still young so he is very energetic. Man. United is similar to Chelsea because they also have a young goalie prodigy, David de Gea. De Gea has incredible skills, and he is expected to rise in rank.

4. Manchester City

Outstanding Players: Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany

Manchester City has a very good chance this year to make at least the semis. Man City has a very fast and strong offense including Aguero and Jovetic. Aguero has incredible speed and physicality. Jovetic, a young star, has trumped expectations with his fast dribbling and unbelievably powerful shot. Yaya Toure is a solid midfielder who is agile and an excellent defense. He also has extraordinary passes and is very athletic. Samir Nasri, though younger, plays a very offensive midfield road due to his shot and speed. Vincent Kompany is a world renowned defender who can definitely stop people from even getting close to the goal. He even has a outstanding powerful and accurate header, that makes him an offensive force also.

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