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Events: August 13, 2021-22. May 2022
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Promoted Brentford kicks off the 2021-22 Premier League season when they play Arsenal on Friday (8:00 p.m. BST) – the first of 380 games over the next nine months.

The London Derby at Brentford Community Stadium – the first league meeting of the two clubs since 1947 – takes place 33 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.

Master Manchester City who the British transfer record to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £ 100million, their title defense will begin on Sunday (4:30 p.m.) in Tottenham.

Champions League winner Chelsea Host Crystal Palace on Saturday (15:00).

“This season will be one of the strongest Premier League seasons,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of last year’s runners-up Manchester United.

“Anyone who lands over last year’s champion becomes a champion.”

Capacity bottlenecks for the first time in 17 months Will be allowedexternal link after the relaxation of the corona restrictions.

While Brentford – dubbed the Bees – is making its first appearance in the Premier League, Watford and Norwich have both made a quick return after relegation in 2019-20.

Four clubs – Crystal Palace, Wolves, Everton and Tottenham – start the season with new bosses.

Who are the big signings to watch out for? What rule changes are there? What are the Covid-19 protocols? What else is new?

Big signings so far: Grealish, Sancho & Lukaku

Manchester City, which ended 12 points ahead of the top last season, have once again shown they mean business by spending a British record of £ 100m on Aston Villa captain Grealish.

The fee exceeds the £ 89million Manchester United paid for joining Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba in 2016.

In addition, City have expressed interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane as they aim to win the league for the fourth time in five seasons under Pep Guardiola.

At the end of the summer transfer window 23:00 BST on August 31,external link After the start of the season, the clubs still have time to strengthen their squad.

Manchester United have already signed English winger Jadon Sancho and will add French 2018 World Cup defender Raphael Varane for a total of £ 107m.

Jadon Sancho returns from Germany after previously playing for Manchester City

Chelsea have set a club record of £ 97.5million for the former United striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, while Arsenal have signed Brighton’s English defenders Ben White for £ 50 million as the Gunners try to improve from eighth place last season.

Liverpool, which have Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back in competition after long-term injuries, have added defenders Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for £ 35 million.

Elsewhere, Villa has spent a combined £ 83 million England striker Danny Ings, Argentinian midfielder Emiliano Buendia from Norwich and Winger Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen.

FA Cup winner Leicester, the Defeat Manchester City in the Community Shield last saturday, have added Midfielder Boubakary Soumare from Lille for a reported £ 17 million.

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Tottenham signed Argentina defender Cristian Romero from Atalanta for £ 42.5 million.

Notable departures include Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero to Barcelona, ​​Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud to AC Milan and Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum to Paris St-Germain.

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Start of the season with little capacity

Since March 2020 there have been no more capacity bottlenecks in Premier League games due to Covid-19.

Sports facility capacity restrictions were lifted on July 19 when the government lifted almost all remaining legal restrictions related to the coronavirus.

The 2021-22 season kicks off with a site that is almost at full capacity, with the exception of seating close enough to the playing area to fall into the stadium’s “red zone”.

The UK government has yet to decide whether fans will be required to provide full vaccination records by the end of September.

Top-class games are played almost at full capacity

Reports have suggested evidence might be required for events, such as soccer games, with crowds of 20,000 or more.

The Premier League wants all clubs to test Covid-19 ticketing measures before possible government-required passports.

Chelsea have announced that fans will need to “provide evidence that they have a low risk of transmitting Covid-19” in order to enter Stamford Bridge.

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New faces in office

A fifth of clubs in the Premier League have changed coaches since the last day of last season on May 23.

Nuno Espirito Santo, who led the Wolves to two top 7 finishes, the FA Cup semi-finals and the Europa League quarter-finals before leaving in May, has taken over Tottenham, who at the end of last season had Ryan Mason as caretaker had the following Dismissal of Jose Mourinho.

Rafael Benitez returns to the Premier League after being appointed to Everton after a two-year absence not well received by everyone Toffees fans.

The former Liverpool coach, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti, described Everton as a “small club” after a draw in the 2007 Merseyside derby.

“It’s been a long time,” said Benitez, only the second man to take over both Everton and Liverpool, when asked about his “little club” comment.

Nuno Espirito Santo (left), Rafael Benitez (second from left), Bruno Lage and Patrick Vieira (right)Season start at new club: Nuno Espirito Santo (left), Rafael Benitez (second from left), Bruno Lage and Patrick Vieira (right)

Benitez is one of four Spaniards competing in the top division along with Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta, City’s Guardiola and Watford’s Xisco Munoz.

Former Benfica boss Bruno location has replaced his Portuguese compatriot Nuno at Wolves, while the 1998 French world champion Patrick Vieira, the new boss at the Crystal Palace.

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Thicker lines: VAR is to be “recalled”

The video assistant referee system was introduced in the Premier League in 2019 to check for “clear and obvious mistakes” in four game-changing incidents: goals, penalties, red cards and mix-ups.

Despite Criticism of the system of managers remains VAR for 2021-22, but there have been adjustments.

Thicker lines are used when using VAR to evaluate offside calls.

There have been several instances over the past season where a player’s toe or armpit resulted in goals being excluded, which fans and pundits considered ruining the game.

The use of VAR is “recalled”, telling officials not to punish “trivial things”.

Referees are instructed not to impose the type of penalty awarded to England’s Raheem Sterling on their EURO 2020 semi-final victory against Denmark.

There was minimal contact with Sterling when he won a late spot kick.

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What else is new for 2021-22?

Aside from the time it takes to make decisions, perhaps the most controversial aspects of VAR are handball and offside calls.

Both have been changed for the 2021/22 season.

In handball:

  • What is the hand or arm position in relation to body movement?
  • Is the body made unnaturally larger?

In the event of accidental handball:

  • It is an offense if an attacker scores a goal immediately or immediately after the ball hits a hand or arm.

So the punishment Leeds cashes in Liverpool it was no longer there last September when Mo Salah flicked the ball off Robin Koch’s knee and arm.

Likewise, Max Kilman of the Wolves would not be for that now Handball that cost his team against Leicester since his arm would be considered to be in a natural position.

For offside:

  • The advantage of doubt for the attacking sides has now been restored.

In addition, assistant referees now have more freedom to signal immediately if they are clearly offside rather than hesitating if they are wrong.

Players who continue to take the knee

Players from all 20 Premier League clubs will continue to kneel ahead of the games to highlight their opposition to racism.

The Premier League says it “wholeheartedly supports” the decision made.

A sleeve badge “No Place for Racism” is also worn on their shirts by players and match officials.

“We now find it more important than ever that we continue to kneel on our knees as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism,” said a Statement of the players published through the Premier League.

Premier League players kneel in Black Lives Matter solidarity

So follow you

The Premier League has received government approval to extend its existing domestic television contract with broadcasters for an additional three years.

The new deal with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport runs from 2022 to 2025.

The previous deal was worth £ 4.7 billion.

Premier League matches will continue to be broadcast live on Sky Sports and BT Sport, while Match of the Day will continue to show highlights on the BBC.

In addition, BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will have live Premier League commentary throughout the season.

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