Football is a great sport with different variations of how it’s been or should be played. It’s rich history is filled with documented memories of change in playing style and pattern that have successfully revolutionised the sport. The presence of tactically-obsessed managers have given more room to spot differences in playing patterns which have formed part of the football traditions of many country. Today, revised editions and new tactical playing patterns are making waves as new strides in football management. It’s either you beat them or join the bandwagon of football’s tactical geniuses. The credibility and managerial nous of a manager is now ascertained by results orientation which is a by-product of his football philosophy. This is the crux of football as a beautiful sport.
This season was dubbed: ‘THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OF THE WORLD BEST MANAGERS’. The presence of José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola at Manchester United and Manchester City respectively was greeted with much fanfare. The likes of Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs made the league season a salivating prospect for lovers of the game. The plethora of the finest tacticians was predicted as the battle of wits for whoever would eventually win the league and this is a battle one man in Southwest London appears to be winning – take your hats off for Antonio Conte.
After a difficult start to life in the Premier League, the Italian has transformed, moulded and fashioned Chelsea into the best side in the league. The introduction of his favoured tactical system of 3-4-3/3-5-2 has not only given a balancing act to Chelsea, but it’s also revolutionising the English game that has been so obsessed with the conventional way of playing football in a either 4-4-2/4-3-3 system.
In hindsight, Conte’s achievements are surely going to be appreciated in the fullness of time as his rapid transformation of Chelsea from a burning fire into a blazing inferno is admirable. More so, in retrospect this will make him revered by not only the Chelsea fans, but also by football lovers all over the world.
Let’s live in the spirit of the game. Cheers.