The 2020/21 football season will be remembered as a season like no other. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, football, like most aspects of everyday life, came to a grinding halt. The 2019/20 season was put on hiatus and returned in June 2020. Although the football returned, the fans did not. The remaining matches were played inside empty stadiums, devoid of atmosphere, lacking soul. The season came to an end in July and the 2020/21 season was pushed back to September to give everyone involved a chance to breathe. There was hope that fans would once again be in attendance, but as the new season got nearer it was abundantly clear that empty stadiums would again be a regular sight.

The lack of fans did not put a stop to the goals, however. On a crazy Sunday in October, Tottenham stunned Manchester United with a 6-1 win at Old Trafford and Aston Villa put seven past reigning champions, Liverpool. Despite the hiccup at Villa Park, Liverpool had started the defense of their title reasonably well. However, injuries to key players such as Virgil Van Dijk soon took their toll and the Reds began to slip down the table. 

Liverpool were replaced at the summit by Manchester City. After a slow start, Pep Guardiola’s men went on an incredible record-breaking 21-match winning streak, putting them well clear of nearest rivals Manchester United who ended the streak with a 2-0 victory in March. City’s third title in four years was confirmed on the 11th May when United were beaten by Leicester City.

The Premier League title was the second trophy of the season for City after their league cup triumph over Tottenham, and they were looking to make it a treble by winning their first-ever Champions League. Stood in their way, Chelsea. The Blues had sacked club legend, Frank Lampard earlier on in the season due to disappointing results and had replaced him with Thomas Tuchel. The German had an instant impact, and despite defeat in the FA Cup final to Leicester City, Chelsea finished 4th in the Premier League and claimed their second Champions League with a 1-0 win over Guardiola’s City

Elsewhere, Watford and Norwich City bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and they were joined by Brentford. The Bees secured their first-ever promotion to the Premier League after beating Swansea in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley

North of the border, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers claimed their 55th Scottish League title, a feat made all the more remarkable by finishing the season unbeaten. Redemption for Rangers, whose victory came after a 10-year long journey back from the Scottish Third Division. It also stopped bitter rivals Celtic from claiming a record-breaking 10th Scottish title in a row.

While some teams revelled in glory, others faced the harsh reality of defeat. Sheffield United finished rock bottom of the Premier League after failing to win any of their opening 17 games. Newly promoted Fulham and West Brom put up more of a fight but ultimately joined the Blades in relegation to the Championship. 

The 2020/21 season came to a close at the end of May. Trophies, promotions, and relegations had all been decided. But what of the fans? With COVID numbers decreasing around the country, and a vaccine rolled out, hopes of fans returning to stadiums were renewed. These hopes were boosted when it was announced that the FA Cup final would see the attendance of 20,000 fans. An emotional final day of the season saw 10,000 fans into grounds across the country. After the strangest of seasons, normality appears to be right around the corner. 

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