Speaking to The Athletic, Liverpool’s Fabinho has given his verdict on the summer transfer window thus far and what it will mean for the Premier League title race next season.
Manchester City and Liverpool were head and shoulders above the rest of the league last season, with the Reds finishing just two points behind their recent rivals yet 18 above nearest challengers Chelsea.
However, Brazilian international Fabinho believes the title may be more closely contested next season due to the reinforcements made by members of last year’s top six.
Spurs have led the transfer window in terms of players bought, with Djed Spence, Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, and Clement Lenglet joining the N17 club this season.
London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea have also been active, adding players such as Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling respectively (Daily Star).
Fabinho believes these acquisitions will make the race for the league more competitive in the upcoming campaign. But the former Monaco man was adamant that City were still favourites for glory.
He said (The Athletic): “City are obviously the favourites and it’s tough to fight against them to win the Prem.
“You can play one of your best seasons like we did, score more than 90 points and it still doesn’t mean you win the title. We know that if we want to win it we’ll need to be almost perfect.
“City are always buying new players, always reinforcing their team. This summer was no different with (Erling) Haaland joining them. I think it will be a really good battle with them, but not just them.
“Tottenham have bought some good players, Arsenal too with Gabriel Jesus going there, Chelsea too. Everyone has been reinforcing because everyone wants to beat City. That means the Premier League will be at a really good level this season.”
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It’s clear to see that the rest of the Prem are taking notice of Spurs’ business this summer and are beginning to get worried. Now it’s up to whether Conte can drill his team well enough to deal with this expectation and take the step to the next level.
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