It’s that time of year again. The slate has been wiped clean and football fans all over Europe have convinced themselves (however flimsy the evidence) that something magical has happened at their club in the close season, setting them up for a glorious campaign. After all, whoever their team, they currently lie joint first in the standings!
When it comes to the Portuguese title race in particular, for the first time in a long time, thanks to Sporting shattering the Benfica-Porto duopoly last season, all three of the traditional contenders appear to have a reasonable chance of finishing top of the pile come May next year.
PortuGOAL takes a look at the squad adjustments that have been made and the arguments for and against Sporting, FC Porto and Benfica becoming the 2021/22 champions of Portugal.