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English Premier League 2019/20 Season Review: Grades For Every Team


After an 11-month season during which the biggest news was that off the pitch, Liverpool claimed the 2019/20 English Premier League title. Liverpool had the championship wrapped up with seven games to play, but the chase for European places and battle to avoid relegation went right up until the final day.

Here is a recap of the season with a grade for each Premier League side.

Liverpool

After pushing Manchester City all the way last season, this time around Liverpool went one better. The Reds were comfortably the best team in the country and deservedly lifted their first league trophy for 30 years.

Final position: Champions

Grade: A+

Manchester City

Anything but the title was always going to fall short of the exceptionally high standards City has set itself. It couldn’t manage three in a row and nine defeats was the undoing. But it still managed 102 goals and, with spending likely in the transfer window, will come back determined to challenge Liverpool next season.

Final position: 2nd  

Grade: B+

Manchester United

For a club like United, finishing third – especially behind its two biggest rivals – isn’t much to shout about. Yet after last season’s sixth-place finish, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for ignoring the critics to guide United to a crucial Champions League place.

Final position: 3rd  

Grade: B

Chelsea

In Frank Lampard’s first campaign as manager, Chelsea finished one place lower than last season but just about held off the challenge of Leicester to secure the final Champions League spot. With striker Timo Werner joining the club and other big-money moves muted, the club want a title challenge next season.

Final position: 4th  

Grade: B-

Leicester City

Leicester was on fire in the first half of the season, winning eight matches in a row, including a 9-0 victory at Southampton. The Foxes looked certain to qualify for the Champions League before falling away and missing out on the final day. Manager Brendan Rodgers will be disappointed, but should find solace in his team finishing in its highest position since it won the title in 2015/16.

Final position: 5th  

Grade: B

Tottenham Hotspur

A topsy-turvy season for Spurs, which parted company with head coach Mauricio Pochettino after a disappointing start. His replacement Jose Mourinho oversaw improvement but not enough to secure a fifth consecutive top four finish. Finishing sixth, and claiming a Europa League place, is the minimum expectation.

Final position: 6th

Grade: C

Wolves

Wolves again won plenty of fans for its exciting brand of soccer. The club was close to challenging for a Champions League place and finishing 7th, the same as last season, is a decent result. With a few extra players, a top-four place next season is far from impossible.

Final position: 7th  

Grade: B

Arsenal

A season to forget for the Gunners, which finishes in its lowest league position for 25 years. There are signs though that Mikel Arteta, who took charge in December, has a plan for the team, and an FA Cup win would soften the blow of a poor league campaign.

Final position: 8th  

Grade: D

Sheffield United

For a while Sheffield United looked a good bet for a top-four finish in its first season back in the Premier League. That would have been truly remarkable but a top-half finish, combined with playing some innovative and entertaining soccer, earns a top mark for Chris Wilder’s team.

Final position: 9th  

Grade: A

Burnley

After finishing 15th last season and flirting with relegation, Sean Dyche’s side was back to its impressive self this campaign. A top-half finish and some notable results along the way, including a 2-0 win at Old Trafford, means Burnley can look forward to a fifth consecutive season in the top flight with confidence.  

Final position: 10th  

Grade: B+

Southampton

In October, when Southampton lost 9-0 at home to Leicester City to leave them 18th in the table, a relegation battle looked certain. Instead, the board kept faith with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who engineered a remarkable turnaround. The Saints finish a respectable 11th.

Final position: 11th  

Grade: B-

Everton

A disappointing season for Everton, which has now not finished in the top six since 2013/14. A top-half finish is the minimum fans expect from a club that was challenging for the Champions League places not that long ago. Manager Carlo Ancelotti, who arrived in December, will be eyeing signings in the transfer window.  

Final position: 12th  

Grade: D

Newcastle United

Newcastle looked a club in crisis at the start of season. Many tipped it for relegation and there was skepticism over manager Steve Bruce. Despite an unbalanced squad though, Bruce steered the team to safety and a 13th-place finish. All eyes now are on a potential takeover of the club.

Final position: 13th  

Grade: C+

Crystal Palace

Palace probably should have been fighting for a top-half finish, but, with safety virtually secured after the restart, it lost seven in a row. This season has shown little progress on last season, when Palace finished 12th, but it at least lives to fight another season in the Premier League.

Final position: 14th  

Grade: C

Brighton

Brighton’s aim at the start of the season would have been survival and the Seagulls just about managed it. That was enough for manager Graham Potter’s first season in charge and it will be intriguing to see what ideas he has for a higher finish next season.

Final position: 15th  

Grade: C+

West Ham United

West Ham finished 10th last season and would have hoped to push on during this campaign. But it was a season of struggle and the 39 points it won is the lowest total since the club finished bottom, in 2010/11. There will be relief at avoiding relegation, but a realization that changes are needed.

Final position: 16th  

Grade: D

Aston Villa

In the end, it was a single point that secured survival on the final day of the season for Aston Villa. It will be a big relief for the club, which spent heavily on new signings last summer. There are plenty of issues to address before next season, but the most important thing for now is the club ha survived in the Premier League.

Final position: 17th  

Grade: C

Bournemouth

An F is perhaps a little harsh on Bournemouth, one of the Premier League’s smallest clubs, which drops into the Championship after five years in the top flight. Eddie Howe’s side remained committed to its ethos of easy-on-the-eye soccer but ultimately failed and faces a big fight to return to English soccer’s top table.

Final position: 18th  

Grade: F

Watford

Watford will also play in the Championship next season after a disastrous season which saw the club go through three managers. A 3-0 win over champions Liverpool in February lifted Watford out of the relegation zone but it couldn’t stay there. The gamble to sack Nigel Pearson with two matches of the season remaining has badly backfired on the club hierarchy.

Final position: 19th  

Grade: F

Norwich City

Like Bournemouth, Norwich played an attractive brand of soccer which, unfortunately for them, did not help the club pick up enough points. Norwich won plenty of fans and should be among the challenges to come back up next season. The table doesn’t lie though, and 21 points is far from good enough.

Final position: 20th  

Grade: F



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