After a few seasons of English Champions League stagnation, we are yet to see how this season's crop of teams shall fair, next season should be a year in which the Premier League can once again lay claim to being one of the top European powers.
Roy Hodgson might want Wayne Rooney to "explode" at this summer's World Cup but it is Daniel Sturridge's form that could prove the decisive factor to England's success in the competition.
The pair are locked in a long-standing personal duel which stretches back to their time at Inter Milan, when they occupied the San Siro hot seat in direct succession to each other. As Mourinho celebrated a famous treble win during his second season in Milan, Mancini complained that his Portuguese successor was taking undue credit...
The modern day full-back is tasked with pressing forward and overlapping the attack-minded players as a means of providing an offensive outlet to his team, but also having the fitness levels to return to their starting position to perform defensive duties. Mathieu Debuchy and Ricardo Rodriguez, of Newcastle and Woflsburg respectively, have exhibited these qualities this season and are two prime examples of how a right or left-back should operate.
Emerging as one of the very best player's in one of the very best leagues - with only Luis Suarez picking up a superior rating than Hazard's 8.04 since the start of December - Mourinho was bold enough to suggest that the 23-year old can become one of the best players in the world.
Never has a Premier League season began with so many managerial changes at such high profile clubs. Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement at the age of 71 started a chain reaction that saw David Moyes being given the unenviable task of following in the greatest manager's footsteps.
Ignorant owners are now at risk of becoming a scourge in the game as a result of their thoughtless actions in proposing changes to the side which supporters don't agree with. The price to pay to have club investment is telling.
A team's 'number 10', also known as a playmaker, has become a more and more important figure for most sides in the modern game. They have the freedom to float around the pitch and express their creativity in assisting their teammates to score and often create goals from nothing. It raises the question, however, whether one could actually lead their side to any titles?
While it appears Cahill and Jagielka are first-choice for Hodgson, Terry's experience and evident ability in the back four would be a welcome boost to England, especially on the back of consecutive demoralising defeats to Chile and Germany.
For some years now, fans and teams in the Premier League will have looked at games against Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and more recently Manchester City as games that they would most likely loose. The sort of games you would go into thinking that you would be lucky to get a point. This mindset, however, has changed of late.
Nicola Cortese's methods have proved highly successful and after a double promotion, Southampton now find themselves flying high in the Premier League. Why? Unlike others in the Premier League, he is highly knowledgeable of the game and puts football before business.
The latest show at the gallery, I'm happy to say, is not in any way disappointing. It is in fact one of the most gratifying collections of newish art in the capital at the moment.
Would a more consistent approach from managers towards their players help eradicate diving from the game? Aside from Moyes, we have seen different stances from different bosses, such as Mourinho on the weekend who was quick to defend Ramires' apparent dive by claiming it was a stone-wall penalty.
In the aftermath of a weekend which saw two game-changing penalties incorrectly given in the Swansea/Stoke clash and the Chelsea/West Brom match and a red card worthy tackle not punished in the Sunderland/Man City game, is it now time that referees are made to wear head-cams during the matches so we can see what they've seen of an incident?
Every football fan relishes the appearance of a local derby on the fixture list. It makes the game just that more exciting. But, locality is not the only reason that rivalry erupts in the beautiful game. Here are just seven examples of when feuds have spilled over between two seemingly unrelated clubs....
Like most Newcastle United fans I was ecstatic with not only the three points against Chelsea, but also in the manner in which we got them. Yes Chelsea had the better of the first half, but we more than proved ourselves worthy winners with our fantastic display in the second half...