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Thomas Tuchel 4th, Ancelotti 2nd… the 5 best football managers in the world right now

The style of play and identity of a football team is highly dependent on its manager. It is not enough for a club to have effective footballers. He needs to have a cohesive plan that allows him to get the best out of those players, and it’s the job of the coach or manager to lay out that plan for success.

A manager must be involved at every stage of the process. Recruiting the right players, giving them confidence and deciding which tactics to use on the football pitch are all manager’s responsibilities.

Although it can be an extremely rewarding profession, it is rarely a profession that offers great peace of mind. When things are going well, the credit goes to the players, but as soon as things go wrong, the manager is the first to be blamed.

But these are the challenges that come with working at the top level of the game. Without further ado, let’s take a look at five of the best managers in football today.

#5 Antonio Conte

Tottenham Hotspur have, for a long time, been stifled by a perceived lack of ambition. They were hardly even enterprising in the transfer market and also struggled to make the most of available resources.

Spurs got off to a bad start to the 2021-22 season and were struggling when Antonio Conte was brought in to replace Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach. Conte implemented his plans quite quickly at the club and led them to Champions League qualification against all odds.

It should be noted that the Italian coach won the Serie A title with Inter Milan in the 2020-21 season before leaving the club due to some irreconcilable disputes with the board. Under Conte’s tutelage, Spurs have recruited well this summer and fans are optimistic about their chances in the season ahead.

With a good pre-season, it’s impossible to predict how good Tottenham Hotspur could be this year.

#4 Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea v Club America - Preseason Friendly

The way Thomas Tuchel took charge of a struggling Chelsea side midway through the 2021-22 season and almost instantly turned them into European champions speaks volumes about his coaching abilities. Thomas Tuchel enjoyed success at Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain before joining Chelsea.

He led PSG to two Ligue 1 titles and led them to their first Champions League final. Tuchel’s Chelsea side struggled to be consistent in the league last season, but reached the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals, which they lost to Liverpool.

Tuchel’s Blues also gave Real Madrid a hard time in the Champions League quarter-finals, but they were eventually eliminated by an aggregate score of 5-4. The German coach has brought out the best in several players and has already made Chelsea one of the toughest teams to beat in Europe.

#3 Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool FC v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22

Jurgen Klopp has done a phenomenal job at Liverpool since becoming their manager in 2015. An imaginative tactician and wonderful manager of men, Klopp is one of the greatest managers of the modern era. He first turned heads when he guided Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title in 2011 and 2012.

It ended Bayern Munich’s monopoly on the Bundesliga title, albeit for a short time. At Liverpool, his ‘heavy metal’ style of football worked perfectly. The Merseysiders have become, during Klopp’s reign, one of the best teams in Europe.

They came extremely close to winning a historic quadruple in the 2021-22 season. Liverpool lost the Premier League title to Manchester City on the final day of the season for a point. They lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, but won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

#2 Carlo Ancelotti

Liverpool FC v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22

When Carlo Ancelotti was appointed Real Madrid manager in the summer of 2021, he was expected to guide the club through a period of transition. The team had an aging core and that’s why they needed someone with experience to lead the club into a new era.

Not only has Ancelotti managed to secure new signings with a vision to maintain their success, but he has done so by getting the most out of the current squad. Ancelotti led Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League title in the 2021-22 season.

Throughout his managerial career, Ancelotti has stood out for his ability to adapt. He was able to get down to business with relative ease and build successful teams without upsetting the existing system. He thus saves precious time and allows his teams to navigate the changes with a certain ease.

Don Carlo is the most successful manager in Champions League history, with four titles.

#1 Pep Guardiola

Manchester City v Aston Villa - Premier League

Pep Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the greatest tacticians of all time. His Manchester City side play spellbinding attacking football and dominate the Premier League under his stewardship.

Guardiola has won four Premier League titles in the past five seasons. The Spaniard began his coaching career with a very successful stint at FC Barcelona. He implemented a game system based on possession of the ball which had great success at Barça.

Guardiola’s greatest achievement at City is managing to adapt this system to the exciting style of football in the Premier League. He took City to the Champions League semi-finals last season and is set to do even better this year after signing over the summer.

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