Despite Antonio Conte’s achievement this season as Chelsea manager, former Manchester United player turned football pundit, Gary Neville, revealed that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is his choice of best manager in the Premier League for this season.
“You always go for who wins the championship but I’ve gone for an alternative view,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“At the start of the season, I thought Tottenham would dip, I thought they would go backwards.”
He then added: “For Mauricio Pochettino to achieve what he has this year and to get Tottenham into second, to beat their overall record, for me it’s an outstanding managerial achievement.
“I think ultimately I’ve gone with him but I couldn’t disagree with Conte.”
Well, even stats tend to reveal that Conte’s work in Chelsea this season has been excellent beyond words. His team went on a winning run of 13 games and he set a standard in the league to the extent that rival managers including Pochettino, resorted to using his 3-4-3 tactics.
There’s even more proof beyond this.
The Trinity Mirror Data Unit have used the Elo ratings system – to rank each team from the top four divisions of English football over the course of the Premier League era and tracked the progress each club have made under their current managers, and their data shows the significant progress Chelsea have made under Antonio Conte.
Conte’s Chelsea have an improvement of 168 points or 4.5 points (thus far this season) for every league match that he’s overseen. No other manager in the division has earned more ranking points per game than Conte.
Pochettino’s Tottenham could only make an improvement of 1.9 points per game from last season.
Manager: Points per match
Antonio Conte: 4.5
Marco Silva: 3.4
Sam Allardyce: 3.3
Paul Clement: 2.8
Ronald Koeman: 2.8
Eddie Howe: 2.5
Craig Shakespeare: 2.3
Jose Mourinho: 1.9
Mauricio Pochettino: 1.9