The 2019/20 Premier League campaign will be completed. We just aren’t sure when or how. The FA, Premier League and EFL released a statement to confirm this and, despite rumours circling online, that the season would not be voided.
“English professional football bodies’ thoughts are with all affected by COVID-19 and are united in finding ways to resume 2019/20 season as soon as it is safe,” the statement read.
“We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.”
But, for those wanting to see how the season finishes, here at Football Whispers, we’ve got you covered. Using Football Manager 2020, we’ve finished a campaign to give you the answers you’ve all been waiting for.
You can’t say Football Manager isn’t realistic.
Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now it’s here. Or should I say, the Reds are.
Liverpool romped to their first Premier League title, easing to a 12-point advantage over runners up Manchester City. Although with four draws and four defeats, the virtual Jürgen Klopp oversaw a worse record than the real one surely will.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team claimed a surprising third-place finish and Arsenal, under the guidance of Mikel Arteta for the entire season, held off challenges from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton and Leicester City to qualify for the Champions League.
Tottenham Hotspur sacked José Mourinho. They then sacked his successor, Lucien Favre. It was a campaign to forget for the beaten 2018/19 Champions League finalists who missed out on European football to finish ninth.
Steven Gerrard replaced Dean Smith at Villa Park but couldn’t save Aston Villa from relegation. Quique Sánchz Flores succeeded Steve Bruce at S. James’ Park and then followed him to the jobcentre queue after failing to keep the Magpies in the Premier League. Norwich City put up a fight but returned to the Championship at the first time of asking.
The domestic cups added a lot to this season, too. The Carabao Cup was an all-Merseyside affair with Everton beating Liverpool on penalties. The FA Cup was a Manchester Derby and despite United claiming an early lead, Sergio Agüero took centre stage to help Pep Guardiola’s side to a 3-1 win.
The 2019/20 campaign was a blockbuster one on Football Manager. Let’s hope for a similarly entertaining finish in real life…