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Sports

Central hub for discussion on all things sports

Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Sep, 26 2016

A manager's role in football is over-hyped.


With Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Conte and Wenger the Premier League has without a doubt become the most competitive and watchable league in the world. But when you see the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Dortmund during their games, the gulf in class is almost embarrassing. The Premier League teams are nowhere close to that level. With such teams being managed by far less experienced managers such as Luis Enrique, Zidane and Tuchel, one can't help but wonder how big really is the role of a manager? Maybe it's just having a good enough personality to act as an enabler between great players in a squad.
With Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Conte and Wenger the Premier League has without a doubt become the most competitive and watchable league in the world. But when you see the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Dortmund during their games, the gulf in class is almost embarrassing. The Premier League teams are nowhere close to that level. With such teams being managed by far less experienced managers such as Luis Enrique, Zidane and Tuchel, one can't help but wonder how big really is the role of a manager? Maybe it's just having a good enough personality to act as an enabler between great players in a squad.

Bhimesh , Sep, 26 2016


Disagree! Just look at how Liverpool has been playing under Klopp- extreme pressing and intensity. It's not like there has been a complete squad overhaul. The two main positions for such a high-intensity style to work, the midfield, are filled by the same two players from two seasons ago- Lallana and Henderson. A manager has a huge role in altering the style and psyche of the players, thereby producing tremendous results.

Disagree! Just look at how Liverpool has been playing under Klopp- extreme pressing and intensity. It's not like there has been a complete squad overhaul. The two main positions for such a high-intensity style to work, the midfield, are filled by the same two players from two seasons ago- Lallana an


Pavan , Sep, 26 2016


It's the players, definitely. A manager is a facilitator, more like a face to absolve the team of any blame. If you say that a manager's "strategy" is the decisive factor, just look at the United vs Leicester game: same 4-2-3-1 formation by Mourinho and the result was emphatic. Why? Because of Mata instead of Rooney in that vital number 10 role.

It's the players, definitely. A manager is a facilitator, more like a face to absolve the team of any blame. If you say that a manager's "strategy" is the decisive factor, just look at the United vs Leicester game: same 4-2-3-1 formation by Mourinho and the result was emphatic. Why? Because of Mata


Mrinal chatterjee , Sep, 26 2016


Isn't dropping Rooney for Mata a strategical move in itself?