2016 – 17 English Premier League

English Premiere League 2016-17

The 2016-2017 season of the English Premier League brought passion and unforgettable moments. Chelsea established its domination under Antonio Conte’s reigns and won its fifth EPL trophy, while defending champions Leicester City fell to the 12th position.

Arsenal lost a streak of several years going to the UEFA Champions League and instead qualified to the Europa League because of its 5th place finish.

Best player (overall):

N’Golo Kanté: The all – world holding midfielder once again proved decisive in a title run. Pace, hustle and a never – ending motor, the Frenchman is by far the best at his position and maybe the most important player at Chelsea.

Best players (by position)

Best goalies: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, 28 goals conceded and 16 clean sheets), Hugo Lloris (24 goals conceded, fewest of any first – choice goalie).

Best defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea, six goals), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal, 90 interceptions), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), David Luiz (Chelsea), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea, passing leader of the Premier League)

Best midfielders: Adam Lallana (Liverpool, eight goals and seven assists), Ander Herrera (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City, four goals and seven assists), Moussa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur, 92% of passing accuracy), Phillippe Coutinho (Liverpool, 13 goals and seven assists), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea, nine goals and 13 assists), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, assists leader with 18),Dele Alli (Best Young Player, 18 goals to his name), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur, 15 assists), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea, PFA Player of the Year, 127 tackles).

Best attackers: Heung – Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur, 14 goals and six assists), Diego Costa (Chelsea, 20 goals and seven assists), Sadio Mané (Liverpool, 13 goals and five assists), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United, 17 goals), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, 25 goals in 37 matches), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, 20 goals), Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal, 24 goals and 10 assists), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur, Golden Boot with 29 goals).

Best coaches:

Antonio Conte (Chelsea) – Champion with the formidable Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – A helluva campaign with the Spurs

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – Third place but very far (15 points back) from the leaders

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – Good year and Champions League football for the Reds


Mild disappointments:

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – Out of the top four, very criticized

José Mourinho (Manchester United) – Saved his season with the Europa League

Recognized captains:

Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

Vincent Company (Manchester City)

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