Being the manager of a football club is not as easy as it looks. Yes, he/she may have assistant coaches who take care of the first team and other details. But, whenever the going is good, his/her praises is sang. When the going gets tough and rocky, the manager’s head is always on the line for the sack.
The job is a tough one. But some managers make it seem easy with their winning streaks, style of formation they use and the kind of successes they achieve. And that is why they go on to enjoy so much glory that their colleagues can only look at and wish for.
Of all these managers, we will be looking at five of them and what they achieved in 2017.
Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
The Algerian-born midfield maestro announced himself to the world when he helped Real Madrid to a UEFA Champions League win just months after taking over the helm of affairs at the Spanish capital.
Fast-forward to 2017, and he hasn’t slowed down – at least when it comes to winning trophies. His Real Madrid side may have recently suffered a heavy defeat to Barcelona, they still boast a trophy-laden cabinet no other club in Europe can lay claim to.
First, it was the La Liga, then the UEFA Champions League trophy. He then went on to add the UEFA Super Cup before laying claim to the FIFA World Club Cup trophy.
Jose Mourinho (Manchester United)
For now, all Jose Mourinho must be bothered about is how to catch his noisy neighbours, Manchester City. As glittering a season as the last one was for him, he missed out on the Premier League title.
But it wasn’t a bad year for him on the overall. In his first season as Manchester United manager, he won three trophies, including the Europa League trophy, the EFL trophy amongst other titles.
Max Allegri (Juventus)
Juventus’ stranglehold on Italian football may currently be contested by the likes of Inter Milan, Napoli and co. But last season, Max Allegri’s men dominated the Italian Serie A, unquestionably.
Asides reaching the Champions League final, they also claimed the Serie A title.
Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Who would have thought that 3-5-2/3-4-3 would become so popular in England? But that was what helped a manager like Antonio Conte to win the Premier League title in his first season in charge of Roman’s Blues.
Joachim Loew (Germany)
Who else takes a B team to the Confederations Cup and goes on to win the competition in dominant fashion? No other manager than Joachim Loew of course.
The world cup-winning manager took the world by storm by resting Germany’s major names, choosing to give a call up to the likes of Timo Werner and some other youngsters. It was some sort of test he organized for himself, one which he passed in flying colors.
Take a bow, Loew!
There you have it: 5 managers that wowed us all in 2017. But of all of them, which of them would you pick as the best of them all? Which one do you think achieved more than the rest in the 2017 calendar year?
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