The curtain has finally been drawn over the English Premier League 2019/2020 season. The top four battle is over, the race for the Champions League is finished, the Europa spot tussle is settled, so as the relegation battle also.
Two teams out of the top five went into the final day of the campaign knowing their Champions League qualification status while the remaining three still have to battle their way through. The Europa league spots also had only one space left for grabs with two teams going into the final day of the league hoping to get the sixth position that guarantees an Europa league qualifier.
As earlier stated champions Liverpool and runners up Manchester City already booked a spot in the upcoming season’s UEFA champions league. The battle for the two spots left was between Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City.
The Nigerian people would say another man’s food is another man’s poison, the trio of United , Chelsea and Leicester City never wanted to finish in fifth place which makes them play in next year’s Europa League group stage, but Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspurs went into the final day with the aim of securing an Europa league qualifying ticket.
A outright victory was what Chelsea needed to guarantee them a top four finish and they did justice to that as Lampard’s men got a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, the goals coming from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud.
Manchester United needed just a point to scale through while their counterpart Leicester City needed the maximum three points and they faced each other at the King Power Stadium.
The first half of the game ended in a stalemate as neither of the sides could find the breakthrough in first-half. The Red Devils went ahead in the second half through a Bruno Fernandes penalty, after Anthony Martial was fouled in the box while running towards a pass from Bruno Fernandes.
England International Jesse Lingard wrapped up the three points in the 98th minute and that was what United needed to finish third leaving Leicester City in fifth position.
On the other hand, Wolves loss to Chelsea meant a Top Six finish for Tottenham, giving Mourinho’s men an european ticket.
England skipper Harry Kane put Spurs in front for a first-half lead, before former Leicester City man Jeffrey Schlupp restored parity early in the second half.
However there’s still an European competition slot available, and that’s in the Emirates FA Cup. The winners guarantee themselves an Europa league ticket but if the winner is already in Europe, the seventh placed team in the EPL takes the ticket.
Arsenal who are without an European competition ticket after finishing eight on the log, three points behind sixth placed Spurs, would be hoping to be victorious on August 1, when they take on Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup final. If Arsenal win the tournament, that guarantees them an Europa league group stage spot leaving the seventh placed team with nothing.
Premier League teams in Europe for the 2020/2021 season
Champions League:Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United
Europa League group stage: Leicester City
Europa League qualifying round: Tottenham Hotspur