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  1. How COVID-19 is Impacting the Premier League

    In 2020 the world of football has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and the restrictions governments have in place. Within this blog post we are going to look into how the Premier League teams, players and fans have been impacted by the restrictions in place. And will also investigate how these changes have impacted the performance of the squads by comparing their season-to-season stats.

    Changes to Scheduling and Spectators

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    The Premier League has seen two seasons in total impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions which lead to an alteration in scheduling as well as spectators. In this section of the article, we are going to look into how these two important elements of the football season have been adjusted accordingly.

    In March 2020 England went into a full lockdown which saw a stay-at-home order in place. This was constantly extended to roughly four months which saw the Premier League matches postponed. However, in July these restrictions were altered so that matches could go ahead but without supporters in the stands. Therefore, the season ended two months later than expected which subsequently meant that 20/21 started later than scheduled to allow for the regular season break.

    In December 2020, the restrictions for spectators were updated for England which saw a handful of supporters allowed back into stadiums under new regulations. Low-risk areas known as Tier 1 were allowed to have 4,000 spectators or operate at 50% capacity (whichever was the lowest figure) and medium risk areas called Tier 2 were allowed 2,000 spectators or 50% capacity (again, whichever was the lowest. Despite this development, high risk areas in Tier 3 are unable to host or attend any matches.

    Starting on the 5th December, here are the first few matches to go ahead with spectators:

    • Chelsea V Leeds
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  2. Why La Liga is miles ahead of the Premier League - and will be for some time

    The age old debate of whose league is better has been a familiar one in the new age media world. Which is unfortunate for Italian fans, who ruled supreme before the turn of 2000, trailblazing their way through Europe and winning major trophy after major trophy. But with Serie A’s decline, it has paved the way for La Liga and the Premier League to battle it out to be Europe’s number one.

    Both leagues have plenty to offer for different needs when watching football, but there are a number of factors which lead one to think that Spain’s league is far ahead of their competitors. 

    European football 

    When you take a look at the last 15 winners of a European or international trophy, ranging from the Champions League to the Europa League to the Super Cup to the Club World Cup, 14 have been from Spain.

    That doesn’t just include Barcelona and Real Madrid, but also Sevilla, who dominated the Europa League and won it three consecutive times under Unai Emery.

    Spanish teams have consistently produced on the European stage, even if they haven’t ended up winning a trophy. Take Atlético Madrid for example: Diego Simeone has reached two Champions League finals in the previous four years, but was defeated by Real Madrid both times. The fact they are consistently making the semi finals shows what a mature and experienced side they have become, even if they haven’t won the trophy at any point in their history.

    Simeone’s team are not a team who have failed to fulfil their potential, either. They are a team who have risen through European football slowly but surely, having won the Europa League twice in 2010 and 2012. Gaining that experience in Europe’s second-tier competition stood them in good stead when going toe-to-toe with some of the biggest teams in Europe.

    There are four excellent European sides in Spain - Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla - who are present when the business end of the two compet

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  3. Riyad Mahrez is deserving of a move away from Leicester City to a bigger club

    There has been plenty of conversation regarding Riyad Mahrez’s future at Leicester City over the past few seasons, and yet he remains at the Foxes. 
    Last summer it was expected that the 26 year old was to leave Leicester for one of Chelsea or Arsenal, as he remained in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport for his phone to ring and be told the good news.

    However, that call never came and Mahrez has still been playing for Leicester for the first half of the season. With only a week left of the transfer window, it looks unlikely that the Algerian is going to move this January and will have to wait once again for his breakthrough. 

    Mahrez is one of the most deserving players in the Premier League who belong in the group of clubs outside of the top six to be transferred to a European club. While he did make his stamp in the Champions League last season with Leicester, he should be aiming to compete in Europe’s top tier competition with consistency. 

    In Leicester’s title-winning season, Mahrez contributed to 28 goals in 37 appearances - an absolutely remarkable tally for a player who had only been in England one season previous. 

    While his assist and goal record slowed down last season, the Algerian has picked them up again this season and has already matched his eight goals scored in last year’s campaign. 

    Mahrez takes 2.2 shots per-90 minutes, which ranks him inside the top 20 players in the Premier League for that particular statistic. Bearing in mind he is not a centre forward, that is some achievement and says how willing he is to go for goal. 

    The former Le
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  4. Craig Shakespeare is the Right Man to Take Leicester City Forward

    12th June 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Craig Shakespeare's tremendous job steadying the ship following the unfortunate sacking of Claudio Ranieri as caretaker manager back in February has clearly been appreciated by the Leicester City hierarchy, who offered him a three year deal to take over the reigns on a permanent basis.

    Shakespeare duly accepted the offer presented to him, which served as a deserved reward for his fine efforts over the closing third of the season. Winning eight of his 16 matches in charge, Shakespeare, who served as Nigel Pearson's and Ranieri's assistant, proved he was well and truly up to the task.

    Getting off to a sensational, record breaking start, which saw him become the first British manager to win their first five EPL matches, plus overcome an exceptional Sevilla side to reach the Champions League quarter finals, was the perfect start for the Englishman.

    Moreover, the way he reunited and refocused a squad that had become evidently fractured under Ranieri this season also deserves special mention. The players clearly relished working under the familiar Shakespeare too, and their improved application and results were a testament to the effectiveness of his methods. Indeed, leading last year's champions to a respectable 12th place league finish illustrated his ability accordingly.

    "Craig has shown all the qualities in leadership, motivation and talent management that are required to be successful in this role," explained Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester's vice chairman.

    "Those qualities, aligned with his first?class coaching acumen, his knowledge of Leicester City and its philosophy, and the respect he has earned at every level of the club make him the ideal choice to help take us forward.

    "Continuity is among the key elements to making such a process work. Over the last nine years, Craig has built a unique

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  5. A Brave Decision to Sack Claudio Ranieri

    4th March 2017. By Danni Biggs.
    So, was it a shock or a relief that Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri got the sack? Claudio the league-winning manager has been sacked just 9 months after leading his side to Premier League victory. Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton praises those in charge for taking a brave decision to sack Claudio Ranieri.

    Reactions to the sacking of Renieri were quite saddening to say the least. Gary Lineker was one of many to express feelings about this outrageous decision. "I shed a tear last night for Claudio, for football and for my club." when speaking to BBC Sport the day after Lineker added "Last season was the inexplicable one, not this season. The fact they are in a reasonable position in the Champions League, they are not in the bottom three and given
    the magic of last season surely he deserved more time."

    7th May last year concluded one of greatest stories in British Sport. Claudio joined his triumphant squad to lift the Premier League trophy, the first major trophy the manager had ever won.  9 months down the line after guiding a club that narrowly missed relegation to champions and creating history the recent league-winning manager got the sack. The decision came after their 2-1 defeat against Sevilla in the Champions League, which saw the departure of Claudio just 24 hours later.

    Was it the Right Decision?

    The Italians first season in charge ended in complete success, defying history in fact. A manager that turned Leicester City a team that would be generally found in the bottom half of the Premier League table into champions. Celebrations took place in the center circle where the triumphant squad and Ranieri celebrated his first ever major trophy.

    So how did the clubs greatest ever fairytale

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