A new English Premier League season is around the corner, and it is going to be a melting pot for the best football managers in the world. Wherever you look in the league table you will see elite managers at the helm of clubs. To make matters more interesting is that old rivalries will rekindle.
Just when we thought the Manchester derby could not get any more intense, the Jose Mourniho v. Pep Guardiola rivalry will be the talk of the headlines.
Both managers have different approaches as to what style they believe will win matches in football. On the one hand, Mourinho has been known as a pragmatic, he plays to win. At Chelsea F.C. he “parked the bus” when he had to, and got the job done. His sides displayed counter attacking football at its finest, and punished teams on the break.
In contrast, Guardiola is somewhat of a football “purist”. His sides play football with dominant possession, and rely on patient passing for the build-up. Combined with Mourinho’s arrival at United, the rivalry will add another spark to the Manchester derby.
Things look as interesting in Merseyside, where Jurgen Klopp will look to hit the ground running at Liverpool F.C. He will aim to use last season’s UEFA Europa League failure to spur his side on for the forthcoming season. On the other hand, Everton F.C. have appointed Ronald Koeman, who was able to make Southampton F.C. play a distinct style of football that troubled even the strongest sides in the Premier League.
Last season, Claudio Ranieri pulled off the greatest surprise when he mastered a Premier League win for Leicester City F.C. For the new season, we’ll see if he could challenge for top honors with the added responsibility of competing in the UEFA Champions League. In addition, he faces the difficulty of keeping hold of his Premier League winning players.
In London, Chelsea F.C. look to change their fortunes by hiring Antonio Conte. The Italian coach caught the eye with how he transformed his country’s performance in the recent UEFA Euro 2016. His side defeated Spain comfortably, and were unlucky to have lost against Germany in a penalty shoot-out. This will be a big challenge for him, and whether he can get accustomed to the demanding Premier League.
Finally, David Moyes marks a return to England with his new job at Sunderland F.C. He will be looking at this opportunity to remind everyone of his managerial capabilities when he was Everton manager. Sunderland is a different challenge, because last season they only narrowly missed out on relegation. The club have been in a similar position for a number of seasons, and so will it be a fight for survival for Moyes?
When you look at the new managers coming in the Premier League you can see that each of them faces a daunting task, whether it is to reshape a side or challenge for the title. A number of the world’s top talented football managers have chosen the Premier League to be their new home, and I for one am looking forward to seeing how they would compete against each other.
There is no certainty as to which manager will remain in the job by the end of the season, and that is the beauty of the game.