2013-14 Barclays Premier League Review

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So that’s it. The 2013-14 Premier League season is unfortunately over after nine months of exhilarating drama, outstanding goals and world class players after which saw Manchester City crowned champions, just beating Liverpool to the title.

It was the end of an era at Old Trafford where Manchester United started a first ever Premier League season without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge, whereas Jose Mourinho returned to the Premier League, along with his mind games, celebrations and hilarious interviews.

Carrying on below to read a full review of possibly the most exciting Premier League season ever…

The final table

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  • Manchester City are champions.
  • They will be joined in the Champions League next season by the rest of the top four: Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. The Gunners will have to go through a qualifying round first though.
  • Everton and Tottenham Hotspur will compete in the Europa League next season along with FA Cup finalists Hull City.
  • Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff will be playing in The Championship next season after getting relegated.

Team of the season (AS VOTED FOR BY YOU)

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Player of the season (AS VOTED FOR BY YOU)

Luis Suarez – Liverpool

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The Liverpool striker was in outstanding form in 2013-14 and won the Premier League golden boot for the first time having scored 31 goals despite missing the first five games of the campaign. A series of man of the match performances left Liverpool on the brink of their first Premier League title in over 20 years although it they did fall just short to Manchester City. Only Manuel Pellegrini’s side scored more goals than Liverpool in the Premier League last season by and large to the goal scoring exploits of Suarez and striker partner Daniel Sturridge. The Uruguayan helped himself to hat- tricks over West Brom and Cardiff and four goals in the game against Norwich. Despite not scoring Suarez was instrumental in helping Liverpool to key victories over rivals title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City. He has not only impressed you this season, but his fellow players as well and he was awarded the PFA Player of the Year Award at the end of April.

2nd – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

3rd – Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Thank you very much for voting for this award. The response after the survey went live was bigger than I expected, so thank you for your help and there will certainly be more reader interaction in future!

Young player of the season (AS VOTED FOR BY YOU)

Raheem Sterling – Liverpool

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The 19 year old Liverpool winger had a fantastic season after breaking into the first team under Brendan Rogers last season scoring nine goals and five assists. Sterling’s form saw him win the April Fan player of the month award in which he scored three times. The winger scored in the 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City and then followed this up with a brace against Norwich as well as providing an assist for Luis Suarez in another 3-2 win. The young England international’s good run of form particularly towards the end of the season was also enough to see him included in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad. Although you voted him as your young player of the season, he wasn’t included in your team of the season!

2nd – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

3rd – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Thank you very much for voting for this award. The response after the survey went live was bigger than I expected, so thank you for your help and there will certainly be more reader interaction in future!

Manager of the season

Brendan Rodgers – Liverpool

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The toughest decision in all of my end of season reviews, but I think that Brendan Rodgers just about beats Tony Pulis to the award for manager of the season. I fully acknowledge the Crystal Palace manager’s fantastic achievements, but I think the fact that Rodgers has turned Liverpool from seventh placed finishers in title challengers is amazing. No one gave The Reds a chance of the top four let alone the trophy back in August, and they had in their hands until the final few games before they, or should I say Steven Gerrard, unfortunately slipped up against Chelsea. Their 11 consecutive wins between February and April is also unlikely to be repeated any time soon.  As a result of his feats, Rodgers is now in talks with the Anfield club about a new contract.

2nd – Tony Pulis (Crystal Palace)

3rd – Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)

Goal of the season

Another of the harder awards to decide a winner for, but I eventually decided that Jonjo Shelvey’s fantastic volley from just inside the opposition’s half  against Aston Villa in April was the best strike the Premier League has seen this season – but it was close!

2nd – Pajtim Kasami vs Crystal Palace (October)

3rd – Luis Suarez vs Norwich City (December)

Game of the season

Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal (December)

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Manchester City delivered an ominous message to their Premier League title rivals as leaders Arsenal were thrashed. Sergio Aguero gave them an early lead before Theo Walcott equalised. Alvaro Negredo and Fernandinho made it 3-1 but Walcott scored again before David Silva and Fernandinho again made sure of the points making it 5-2. But it wasn’t finished. Per Mertesacker made it look a little better at 5-3 with a header, but Yaya Toure restored the three goal lead, converting a penalty after James Milner had been brought down. The result meant Manuel Pellegrini’s side closed the gap on the Gunners to three points with another in a growing list of devastating attacking displays at home this season. Read the full report here.

Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool (May)

Read the full match report here.

Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City (April)

Read the full match report here.

Club-by-club player of the season

Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey

Aston Villa: Fabian Delph

Cardiff City: David Marshall

Chelsea: Eden Hazard

Crystal Palace: Jason Puncheon

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Everton: Seamus Coleman

Fulham: Steve Sidwell

Hull City: Tom Huddlestone

Liverpool: Luis Suarez

Manchester City: Yaya Toure

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Manchester United: Wayne Rooney

Newcastle United: Loic Remy

Norwich City: Robert Snodgrass

Southampton: Adam Lallana

Stoke City: Ryan Shawcross

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Sunderland: Fabio Borini

Swansea City: Wilfried Bony

Tottenham Hotspur: Christian Eriksen

West Bromwich Albion: Youssouf Mulumbu

West Ham United: Mark Noble

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The 2014-15 Barclays Premier League campaign starts on 16th August. If you disagree with any of the awards, please feel free to let me know who you think deserved a mention in the comments below!

I will not be doing a Premier League review for May, as some teams only played two games, and I think I have pretty much wrapped everything up in this article nicely. I now start my World Cup previews!

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