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Who can look forward to the Champions League next season?
Who can look forward to the Champions League next season?

With Manchester United's firm grip on the Premier League title looking impossible to break, the race for Champions League qualification is arguably proving to be the more exciting conclusion to the 2012-13 season. Tottenham are flying high with Gareth Bale's imperious displays and pundits are highlighting the realistic chance of Spurs finishing above Manchester City in the table. Their victory over Arsenal last weekend was a major blow for their north London rivals, whose manager seems to be under real threat from supporters. In West London, Chelsea are the club constantly in the spotlight and are surrounded by negativity following the signing of interim coach Rafa Benitez. Liverpool and Everton are not technically out of the race, but I think that the three London clubs are the most likely to take the remaining Champions League positions. Although, both of the clubs from Merseyside may play a crucial role in deciding which London clubs will finish in the coveted fourth spot. ...

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

If Chelsea's Champions League final win last night could be told through one man it would be Didier Drogba. Eight years as a Chelsea player and eight years as their talisman was encapsulated in one breathtaking performance. Of course, if possession statistics could win you games then Bayern Munich would have won the match, no questions asked. In football though, a strong will can get you far and Drogba was the embodiment of Chelsea's stubborn belief; they were going to win. ...

Arsène Wenger: the Premier League manager of the season?
Arsène Wenger: the Premier League manager of the season?

Arsenal's 2011-2012 season has rightly been described as a 'rollercoaster ride' by all that follow the club. Arsène Wenger has arguably faced the most serious rumblings of discontent since his North London arrival in 1996 and the 8-2 loss against Manchester United seemed to encompass an Arsenal team that was in meltdown. Yet, their 1-0 win over Manchester City showed a team that has come full circle and their immense recovery has made  Arsène Wenger my manager of the season. ...