The Premier League is set to kick off again with a match between Burnley and Manchester City. It has been two months since City claimed a treble of trophies in the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup. However, City has made some changes to their squad over the summer, with Ilkay Gundogan moving to Barcelona and Riyad Mahrez joining a Saudi Pro League club. They have also brought in new signings Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol. Burnley, on the other hand, had an outstanding season in the Championship under Vincent Kompany’s management, earning 101 points and scoring the most goals in the league.
The opening Premier League match of the season will take place at Turf Moor at 8 pm. Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford could make his debut against his former club. City’s new signing Gvardiol is ready to make his debut, along with Kovacic. The line-ups for both teams have been announced, with Erling Haaland leading the line for City and Kompany giving debuts to five of his summer signings for Burnley.
Pep Guardiola, the City manager, acknowledged that it will be difficult to replicate their success from last season and expects the standards to drop. He believes it is important for the team to pace themselves and not set specific end goals at this stage. Guardiola also stated that their treble success was a “once in a lifetime” achievement and that they are starting from scratch this season.
There seems to be an identity crisis in the Premier League, with only Guardiola and Mikel Arteta believing that anyone other than City can win the title. The managers of the league’s biggest clubs are openly acknowledging how difficult it will be to challenge City. Despite this, Guardiola is demanding more perfection from his team this season.
Vincent Kompany, Burnley’s manager, expressed that he will put aside his connections with City and focus on getting his team off to a strong start. He acknowledged the success of City and the relationships he built there, but now his sole concern is starting the league with everyone on equal points.
Overall, both teams are eagerly anticipating the start of the Premier League season and will be looking to make their mark in the opening match.