English Premier League 2015-2016 Season Review

Leicester City after winning the EPL title Photo/
Leicester City after winning the EPL title Photo/

The season 2015-2016 was the most difficult and entertaining since the inception of the league in 1992. Every team was in for something, not forgetting Champions Leicester’s fairytale title win. Also defending champions Chelsea crumbling under pressure and missing out on European football.
Leicester city played a solid counter attacking football that saw them lose only three games the whole season and end up being crowned champions. They suffered defeats at the hands of arsenal twice and Liverpool once. They finished the season with 81 points and secured the EPL title with two games to spare. Key to their success was the experienced coach, Claudio Ranieri and star players such as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante. Vardy was among the top two top scorers in the premier league.
Arsenal was a title contender at the start of the season as the team started brilliantly but finished second after being plagued by injuries and fatigue. Key players such as Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez spent most of the season nursing their injuries. Mesut Ozil lead with most assists while Olivier Giroud was the club’s top goal scorer. Arsenal finished strongly with 71 points.
Tottenham Hotspurs tried to finish above Arsenal for another season in vain .They finished third after slipping on their way to overtaking Leicester for the title after a draw with Chelsea. Harry Kane fired spurs for the title challenge and became the league’s top scorer. They finished with 70 points, 1 behind second placed Arsenal.
Manchester City had a fabulous season but faded off in the last few games after speculation on Manuel Pellegrini’s future began. He was to be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the Etihad next season, and this seemed to distract the team who were title contenders at the beginning of the season. City didn’t have the fighting spirit despite of having stars such Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and David Silva. They finished fourth with 66 points.
Manchester United had a complete disastrous season. Louis Van Gaal’s tactics didn’t seem to work out as he was fired at the end of the season. Rooney was on the receiving end of blame as he under performed the whole season. United failed to quality for UEFA Champions League but secured a place in the Europa League by finishing fifth with 66 points.
Southampton played a great season with players such as Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama making an impact. St. Mary’s Park was a difficult Stadium to play in for the top teams. The saints finished sixth with 63 points.
West Ham played a counter attacking football which saw them see off big teams throughout the season. They were solid on defense and swift on attack. Key to a strong season was midfielder Dimitri Payet’s outstanding performance all through. The Hammers finished seventh with 62 points.
Liverpool didn’t showcase much even after the takeover of Jurgen Klopp as manager. Their start of the season was promising with young talented players digging in for good displays but suffered fatigue and morale issues after being eliminated at the Europa League. Liverpool finished eighth with 62 points.
Stoke City is an average EPL team which always finishes in the top half. This season however they were on course to qualify for the Europa league after a string of good results but finished the last few games poorly. They finished 9th with 51 points.
Chelsea was the defending champions but endured a terrible campaign which saw their manager Jose Mourinho face the axe. Stars like Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Fabregas failed to deliver where it mattered most. Chelsea finished tenth with 50 points.
Everton had a good start to the season but endured back to back defeats as the season was closing down. Romelu Lukaku carried the goal scoring burden and the team suffered when he couldn’t score. They finished eleventh with 47 points concluding one of their worst campaigns.
Swansea had a poor season compared to previous campaign where they finished above the top half. Considering the kind of football they play Swansea need to finish in a spot which guarantees them a place in Europe. The positive thing about the season is how they finished strongly, with Ayew scoring important goals. Swansea finished twelfth with 47 points.
Watford had a solid season with the likes of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney scoring freely in important matches. They however didn’t finish in the top half of the table as they clinched thirteenth place with 45 points.
West Brom was one of the most inconsistent teams in the 2015-2016 campaign. Despite having the likes of Saido Berahino and Morrison, they struggled to gain momentum and lost in winning situations. They finished a disappointing fourteenth place, 6 points above the relegation zone with 43 points.
Crystal Palace never thought they would finish at the bottom in the start f the season. They played good counter attacking football but had difficulties defending and finishing their attack. They finished in position fifteen with 42 points.
Bournemouth fought game by game to avoid relegation and did so by missing the drop with just 5 points. They finished on position sixteen with 42 points.
Sunderland has been known to have 9 cat lives as proven over the past two years. They are kings of survival and beaten big teams to ensure they don’t go down. Sunderland finished on position seventeen, just a place above relegation with 39 points. They missed the drop with only 2 points.
Newcastle was unlucky to be a relegation victim by finishing on position eighteen with just 37 points. Three more points than their fellow drop candidates, Norwich city.
Norwich City faced the drop by finishing a disappointing position nineteen with only 34 points, 17 points above bottom placed Aston Villa.
Aston Villa was the poorest team of the 2015-2016 campaign. They never won a match for a half a season, struggled to score goals and could not keep clean sheets. Aston Villa was relegated to the Championship for finishing last and garnering only 17 points all season.

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