Premier League title race: How can clubs catch Manchester City?

Premier League title race: How can clubs catch Manchester City?
From ESPN - April 16, 2018

The Premier League title race is over already, but what can the chasing pack to do change things around next season? ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss one thing their clubs need.

MAN UNITED: Consistency is key

Jose Mourinho's team have to be more consistent if they want to win the title next season. The last week has summed up the entire campaign -- beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium then lose to bottom side West Brom at Old Trafford. The quality is there: United have beaten City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham this season. But there have also been some dire performances: City at home, Huddersfield away, Tottenham away and Newcastle away.

City have had very few bad days and that's why they are champions. Pep Guardiola's side have set a new standard of consistency this season and could end up breaking the Premier League points record. That's the level United have to reach, because City will only improve over the summer.-- Rob Dawson

LIVERPOOL: Strength in depth required

This season is undoubtedly progression for Liverpool, but their long wait to win England's top flight still goes in. It was clear that two defeats and four draws in the opening nine league matches meant Liverpool were always playing catch up to Man City.

From Oct. 22, though, Liverpool have only been beaten twice and drawn six matches since. Jurgen Klopp has been carefully managing the fitness of his players this season to ensure there is no burnout. But due to the strength of rivals, Liverpool will need to come flying out of the blocks next season if they are to be contenders. Adding more quality depth to the squad this summer can help with that. -- Glenn Price.

TOTTENHAM: Start quicker

For Tottenham, consistency is key. Spurs have been the best team in the Premier League in the second half of the last three seasons but their relentless form from the start of winter was not enough to catch Leicester or Chelsea, while they were 21 points behind City by mid-December.

If Mauricio Pochettino can find a way of avoiding a slow start and his team's annual Autumn slump, then Spurs will be genuine contenders, particularly now that they have improved against their top-six rivals (City aside) and will have a new season for the 2018/19 season. Some new faces in central midfield, defence and even a new goalkeeper will also be needed.-- Dan Kilpatrick

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