Blockbuster season on cards

JOHANNESBURG - The English Premier League, undoubtedly the most competitive league in the world, has started like a house on fire.

After only three games, three leading clubs are yet to drop points and are all enjoying a 100 percent record to the start of the season.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are all riding on the crest of the wave and despite it being too early to suggest anything, the three giants have sent out a bold statement to the rest of the chasing pack — catch us if you can.

The 2016/2017 season was always going to be a defining moment for the Premier League in the sense that, apart from major signings, the coaching department has taken on a completely new shape.

All of the three leading teams have had a makeover on their coaching line-up and their styles of play are telling.

In Pep Guardiola, Manchester City are probably the most enterprising side in the English Premiership and their victories have been swashbuckling. They have been playing some very creative brand of football.

City have not only been winning but have been doing so in a crushing manner if their last three league games are anything to go by.

Having won things and a lot of titles with Barcelona and then Bayern Munich, winning is part of Guardiola’s fabric and there is every likelihood City will definitely go places under this unassuming Spaniard.

Chelsea have also shown huge ambition under Italian Antonio Conte and have produced some impressive results under his guidance so far.

Whether his bubble will burst anytime soon, the former Azurri coach has shown he has what it takes to take the Blues to the next level.

Not to be outdone, Manchester United under Jose Mourinho have been at their imperious best in the past few games and look a good bet to win the league title at the end of the season.

They have one of the most feared strike forces and look like they can score whenever they go into the attack.

While most football pundits are already talking of a three-horse race, English football provides one of the most fascinating scenarios in football world.

Who could have put his money on Leicester City winning the league title last season?

Who could have seen Mourinho being fired by Chelsea and who could have seen Guardiola, Conte and Mourinho seating on different benches but within the same league environment?

But that is English football for you.

We might be talking of City, Chelsea and United being favourites but anything can happen in the near or distant future in which any of the chasing pack might do the unthinkable.

That is why the English Premiership is the most watched football league on the universe.

It provides thrills, drama and suspense.

Yes, Spain, Germany and Italy have provided more European champions but their biggest downfall is that the two countries have one or two teams that dominate the league year in, year out.

In Spain, we all know it will either be Barcelona, Real Madrid and at times Atletico Madrid while in Germany it has always been Bayern Munich with Borussia Dortmund coming in here and there.

Juventus are also threatening to do the Barca, Madrid and Munich in Italy where they are winning everything, just like what Paris St Germain have been doing in France.

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