The Premier League's winners of 2021
For some clubs, 2021 will go down as an unforgettable year in the Premier League.
We have picked out three winners from the top flight over the past 12 months.
It has been a simply sensational year for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola.
After their last game of 2020, the Citizens were fifth in the Premier League and five points behind champions and leaders Liverpool.
They were not favourites for the title, yet they ended up winning by a whopping 15 points.
This time around they are top of the tree at Christmas, three points ahead of the Reds and are most people’s tip for the trophy after conceding just nine goals in 18 games.
Guardiola’s side are relentless and despite the disappointment of the Champions League final, domestically it has been another fine year for City.
Thomas Tuchel walked through the doors at Stamford Bridge at the end of January and the only way has been up ever since.
Chelsea’s form has dipped a touch in recent weeks but they remain firmly in contention for a first Premier League title in five years and that is a huge step forward.
Their best moment came in that Champions League final win over the Citizens but they have still impressed domestically.
Tuchel has drastically improved the defence and there were signs of some scintillating attacking football too before numerous injuries took their toll.
Bringing Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge was a statement move in the summer and all signs point to some prosperous years ahead in West London.
There have not been many better years in recent West Ham history than 2021.
For a while it looked like they might crack the top four last term but finishing in sixth and securing Europa League football was no mean feat for David Moyes’ side.
They were only two points worse off than London rivals Chelsea and finished above Tottenham and Arsenal.
Despite playing extra games this season as a result of having more Irons in the fire, the Hammers have continued where they left off back in front of fans.
The likes of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen have been linked with big-money moves but the London Stadium is the place to be at the moment.
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