Barclays Premier League is perhaps the most popular and loved football league in the entire world. Football as a sport is the most followed athletic event worldwide as there are several billions of supporters of diverse clubs from all corners of the world. Consequently, the Barclays Premier League or BLP attracts the best players that the sport has to offer. This factor has helped the league’s playing standard to reach the very pinnacle of the footballing world.
The top teams in the BLP, namely, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hot Spurs, and Leicester City, contested in hot pursuit to emerge as the league champions in the 2019-2020 season. However, due to the immediate outbreak of Covid-19, the season came to an abrupt halt.
Let us analyse some of the most significant scenarios that made the 2019-2020 Barclays Premier League season memorable:
An overview of the 2019-2020 Season
The 28th Premier League season started on 9th August 2019, with Manchester City being the defending champions, having won the league the previous season only by narrowly edging ahead the emerging Liverpool team led by the German manager Jurgen Klopp.
The first turning point in the 2019-2020 season was witnessed on 14th September, where Norwich beat the defending champions Manchester City by 3 goals to 2. The previous season Manchester City managed to win the league title only by a single point. Liverpool came in second with 97 points, and City finished at 98. Therefore, Manchester City’s loss to Norwich gave Liverpool a 3 point lead which they would capitalise tremendously.
Liverpool managed to extend their lead by 8 points and was convincingly at the top of the table by defeating the defending champions 3-1 at home at Anfield. This is where Liverpool would secure the top position on the table and eventually end the season.
Other significant events that occurred in the league were related to the sacking of long-term and very successful Tottenham Hot Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham then appointed one of the most successful managers in the league’s history as their head coach, namely Jose Mourinho.
Manchester City managed to secure the most significant home win by defeating Watford 8-0. On the other hand, Leicester City registered the biggest away win by toppling Southampton 0-9. From March, the league was put on Hold after the Manchester City and Arsenal game was postponed. The suspension of matches was later uplifted, and the first game was played on 17th June.
The league would finally come to a close by 26th July 2020, with Liverpool being crowned as England’s champions. This would be Liverpool’s first league win in the Premier League era and the first title victory since 1990.
Football fans worldwide suffered tremendously during the lockdown period imposed due to the outbreak of a global pandemic. However, the organisers responsible for managing the Barclays Premier League operations did a fantastic job to make sure that an outcome was eventually generated. The BPL 2019-2020 season will forever be remembered by football fans worldwide due to the bizarre circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.