Most of the teams these days use similar tactics and formation and have started to play same brand of football. Most of the matches these days are often decided by either an individual brilliance or a tactical error.
However, every now and then comes a manager who goes beyond the conventional tactics to build a team which stirs the pot and forces everyone to take notice. On that note, we take a look at five teams who echo the spirits of their manager and are known for their different playing style than rest of the teams in Europe.
Atletico Madrid (Diego Simeone)
The man every team in Europe wants to hire as their next manager, but I doubt he would leave Vicente Calderon anytime soon. He has got his players playing with fire in their belly and although it may not seem pretty, but sure as hell his methods are very effective.
Atletico Madrid have become a defensive masterclass under Simeone who can soak pressure from the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and can hurt them with brisk counter attacks. They need not have all the possession, but they certainly know how to win football matches.
Bayern Munich (Pep Guardiola)
Speaking of possession, there isn’t a better manager than Pep Guardiola to turn his team in to a ball-keeping machine. Former Barcelona manager has altered Bayern’s playing style since arriving at Alliance Arena as The Bavarians are now a projection of Pep’s ideologies and vision.
Guardiola has carried Bayern to 2 back-to-back Bundesliga titles with third on the way later this season. However, Champions League remains the big prize he is after before going on to manage Manchester City next season.
Leicester City (Claudio Ranieri)
From Pep Guardiola’s thorough research on the game to using all possible technical analytics of his opponents, here comes a man who has allowed his players to just go out and express themselves on the pitch.
Claudio Ranieri assessed his team on the training pitch and from Day 1 has asked them to play in a 4-4-2 system with Jamie Vardy running his socks off and Riyad Mahrez fooling the life out of his opposing defenders.
Ranieri has got a little help from N’Golo Kante, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth who have put a 200% shift every time they have walked on to the field. Ranieri’s refreshing man management and freedom to express sees Leicester one win away from a historic Premier League success.
Liverpool (Jurgen Klopp)
Liverpool look a completely different team now than what we saw under Brendan Rodgers earlier this season. So much so, it almost feels like Rodgers was not even the Liverpool manager when the season had begun.
Klopp with his fast-paced and heavy metal football so to speak has transformed Liverpool in to a winning and more importantly hungry side, who look certain to achieve great things next season.
Manchester United (Louis Van Gaal)
Before you start to boo me out, you would agree that Manchester United have indeed altered their playing style since their time under Sir Alex Ferguson or dare I say even under David Moyes.
It is certainly not attractive what Louis Van Gaal has got going at Old Trafford, but players are not daring to go beyond what their manager tells them to do on the pitch.
Whether Van Gaal stays or not next season, he has definitely left his mark on Manchester United with his negative football for which he will forever be cursed by most of The Red Devils fan base.
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