We bring you the luckiest teams this time around let’s get into it. Newcastle United, let’s rewind to last July for our first entry on the list Newcastle United faced huge criticism after refusing to renew Rafael Benítez contract at St. James’ Park, this was the man that stuck with them through relegation then kept them up despite the consensus that their squad was among the worst in the division. his replacement was, of course, Steve Bruce who hadn’t managed in the top tier since 2015 and had won just 28 of his 393 Premier L League fixtures.
Tottenham hotspur some people may call spurs unlucky after being lumped with Jose Mourinho after the sake of Mauricio Pochettino some will insist the Portuguese coach has done a good job taking them from 14th to 6th, but that in itself has been luck
winpotch was let go back in November spurs were three points off fifth and had 75 percent more points than the team in 18th, eight months later and despite a rise up the table they remained three points off fifth and with 75 percent more points than 18th place
spurs also massively outperformed on their underlying numbers expected goals suggested they scored 12 more than they should consider 7 less and their 59 points is 10 more than expected. it’s still their lowest points tally since 2009 and hasn’t been good enough for a European spot since 2011.
there’s also no doubt in the season being put on hold worked in spurs favor it allowed their two best players Son Heung-min and Harry Kane to fully recover from injuries and contribute to results. that is despite Mourinho already singling out a number of players most notably record signing Tanguy Ndombele in typical move fashion and were the lucky ones to amazon filmed the entire thing.
Werder Bremen no team has played more Bundesliga seasons than Werder Bremen as they often challenge towards the top of the table for European spots.
more recently though they have been less successful finishing in the top half just three times in the last decade whilst this season almost saw them drop down to Germany’s second-tier despite just three defeats in their first 10 matches a run of just two wins in their next 16 games saw them a fall to 17th, second-bottom in the Bundesliga at this point there were five points off Fortuna Dusseldorf in the playoff position with eight matches remaining and even entering the final Bremen still needed results to fall their way to have a shot at maintaining their top-flight status and they did just that as Dusseldorf went to Union Berlin and lost three-nil Werder Bremen ran out six one winners over Cologne leapfrogging their rivals into 16th.
and then came the small matter of the playoff where a 94th-minute goal from Ludwig Augustinsson in the second leg at Heidenheim secured an unlikely away goals victory they certainly walked a tightrope this season but the four-time Bundesliga winners will still be their next campaign.
For a few months, this season Lazio became everyone’s favorite Italian side Simone Inzaghi team were looking to qualify for the Champions League at the beginning of the campaign?
and a genuine title challenge was hardly expected but for almost half the season it looked like the eye BIANCOCELESTI were the only legitimate threat to Juventus picking up their 36 scudetto.
in search of just their third title and first, since 2000 Lazio went on a 21 game unbeaten run picking up an incredible 55 points out of 63 but they did have a bit of help along the way Lazio won 17 penalties over the course of the campaign more than any other side in Europe’s top five leagues yes including Man United so it may come as no surprise that they over-performed in every single category.
Ciro Immobile 36 goals and 9 assists came from an xg of 28 and expected assists of six as his side on expected points should have finished seventh, 16 points worse off behind Roma, Napoli and ac Milan in total they scored 12 more than expected goals suggested and conceded 10 less even losing six of their last 12 matches didn’t take that crucial champions league spot away from Lazio.
Man United, come on were we ever going to put anyone else at number one now we’re not saying they don’t deserve Champions League football and they were arguably the best team in England since the restart but it doesn’t mean they weren’t fortunate to finish the season in third place with just 66 points.
last season they picked up the same amount of points but finished just sixth and their record this season wouldn’t have been enough to qualify for the Champions League since the 2004-05, campaign it’s also the lowest total for a third place side since Liverpool amassed 65 points back in 97/98 when a 19 year old Michael Owen won the golden boot for the reds.
they rounded off their season with an impressive 14-game unbeaten run sure, but also picked up the record for the most penalties awarded in a Premier League campaign with 14. and then there’s Mason Greenwood who outperformed as xg by almost seven an Anthony Martial by almost four and of course Bruno Fernandez with 15 goal contributions compared to unexpected goals and assists of 8.7 this team ran extremely hot in the last month of the season
also being helped out by an inconsistent Chelsea and hapless Leicester City side allowing them to waltz through to that third spot so guys that was our rundown of 10 of the luckiest teams of this season.