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2016-2017 Premier League Season: War Of Best Coaches In England

09/08/2016

/ by Augustine Akhilomen

Last season was an historic moment for a team like Leicester City as they won the Premier League title for the time under Italian coach, Claudio Raineri against all odds.

As expected, Leicester will be under immense pressure to defend their title this coming season as some of the big clubs in the league have signed great coaches in a bid to restore their lost glory.

Besides, this summer's transfer window would definitely create that needed change which could determine where the title pendulum would swing to because huge money will be spent, of which it has happened after the signing of Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world record fee of £100m, Leroy Sane to Manchester City for £37m, Sadio Mane to Liverpool for £34m, Ahmed Musa to Leicester City for £16m, Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea for £33m, N'Golo Kante to Chelsea for £30m, Granit Xhaka to Arsenal for £30m and a few to mention.

With the arrival of Pep Guardiola to Manchester City, Jose Mourinho to Manchester United and Antonion Conte to Chelsea, there could be a change of champions this season.

The competition will be stiff and fierce as Manchester United have employ the service of Jose Mourinho, whose experience in England is second to none couple with the fact that he helped Chelsea win three league title during his reign as a manager.

Having replaced Louis Van Gaal after he was sacked, Mourinho’s reputation as a purely defensive manager is unjust and based largely upon the questionable notion that attractive football must involve long spells of possession. Even his most defensive sides, the Champions League-winning Porto team of 2003-04 and the Chelsea side who recorded back-to-back Premier League titles in the mid-2000s, were capable of thrillingly direct counterattacking football which produced wonderful goals, not to mention winning plenty of trophies.

Generally, Mourinho’s sides play perfectly exciting football throughout the majority of a season, but in big matches – particularly in Europe, and towards the end of a campaign – become more cautious. This does not differ significantly from Sir Alex Ferguson’s approach during the final decade of his tenure at Old Trafford, when United’s purposeful, high-intensity football would give way to reactive, counterattacking displays against elite opposition.

It is not difficult to assemble a Mourinho-style starting XI from United’s current squad, and it is a surprisingly exciting side – and that’s without considering the assortment of new signings he has been promised. His off-field approach will, as ever, court controversy. Tactically, however, Mourinho and United appear a perfect fit.

Another challenge will come from Pep Guardiola, who is expected to take the Citizens to a new level after the departure of former boss, Manuel Pellegrini. Guardiola faces a major rebuilding job at City after they scraped into fourth place to secure the final Champions League place by finishing above rivals Manchester United on goal difference.

The hope is that Guardiola can now bring the sort of dominance he enjoyed at Bayern -- and previous club Barcelona -- to the Etihad. He won six league titles in his seven years with the two clubs as well as four domestic cups and two Champions League titles during his time at the Nou Camp.

The key to the success of all has been pace and special domination. Controlling the ball and controlling the opposition. Circulating possession at pace, making opponents work, passing precisely, moving into space, passing again, accurately and smartly.

More so, Chelsea's new coach, Antonion Conte will face the task of overhauling other coaches in the Premier League as he will be hoping to win the title in his first season after replacing interim Chelsea coach, Guus Hiddink.

There are clear similarities between Conte and Jose Mourinho, who enjoyed so much success in west London but departed under not one cloud but an entire rainstorm. Both are self-assured, volatile and demanding, while they often use enemies – whether real or imagined – to try to build a siege mentality and ferocious team spirit.

Perhaps, though, this is the perfect time for such a figure to take charge at Stamford Bridge. After 13 years of silverware and success, Chelsea are currently at their lowest ebb since Abramovich’s takeover and may now decide to abandon the hiring-and-firing culture and choose another path – just as they had intended to do with Mourinho until results forced a change.

Conte, moreover, has experience of reviving a fallen giant – not that one bad season makes Chelsea that just yet – with Juventus finishing seventh in 2009/10 and 2010/11 before he led them to three successive league titles, going through one campaign unbeaten and smashing the 100-point barrier in another.

In addition, Jurgen Klopp'S omission from the list of the most established coaches in the Premier League will be incomplete considering the fact that his exploits in his half season with Liverpool is worth appreciating.

The former Borussia Dortmund coach, who's now familiar with the terrain of the Premier League will also, be gunning for the title if the right players are signed this transfer summer.

Klopp's winning mentality saw the team defeated teams like Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester City last season.


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