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Written by Martin Graham | May 24, 2022
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has given early predictions ahead of next season, sending Manchester United into the Premier League title race.
Manchester City crowned the 2021/22 Premier League title on Saturday, the last day of the season, to defend their title in 2020/21. Liverpool came in the conclusion, and occupied the second place with 92 points, one point behind City, which scored 93 points.
Chelsea came third with 74 points, 18 points behind second-placed Liverpool. It has been a choppy season for the Blues, whose ownership has changed hands due to the worst conditions.
They also lost two finals to Liverpool in the process and unsuccessfully defended the UEFA Champions League title, losing in the quarter-finals.
The club is now under new ownership and, if all goes well, will be strong enough to challenge in the transfer window as they normally do. They will also become stronger and more stable enough to challenge the 2022/23 title, having been promoted as the 2021/22 title winners.
Tuchel believes his club will give Manchester City and Liverpool a tougher test than they have done this season, but he also indicated that Manchester United will be a force to contend with after the appointment of Eric Ten Hag.
The Red Devils brought in the Dutch coach, who resumed his work after leading Ajax Amsterdam to their third consecutive Eredivisie title (2020 canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic).
Tuchel believes Tin Hag’s winning mentality will help reshape United into a force to be reckoned with for his side as they chase the runaway leaders Man City and Liverpool.
“It’s going to be a very tough race,” he said. “Manchester United will be in the race and Tottenham will be in the race with Antonio Conte, for sure.
“We want to stay in the race and Liverpool and Man City are doing their best to make their teams bigger and set the standards very high. That is the challenge we are competing in.”
Man United finished in sixth place with 58 points, their lowest ever tally and their lowest ever finish. Lots of issues both on and off the field plaguing the club which they were unable to deal with, resulting in poor team performance.
Next season begins in August and Tuchel is preparing to face the best ever. With a new owner in place, the move could be just what Chelsea need to secure their sixth Premier League title.