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5 differences between Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti?

Dissecting the contrasting nature of two of the most revered managers in the game...

Top 5 / Top 10 16 Oct 2017, 21:06 IST

Real Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
Two of the most successful managers are not so similar after all

If there was a discussion about the greatest managers of all time, then the names of these two would always be there among the nominees. While Ancelotti’s Milan were a European powerhouse, Guardiola’s Barca revolutionised modern football.

Both of these managers have been successful as coaches and are among the most revered figures in the football fraternity. However, both of them have their differences – obviously – and this slider intends to list them out as here are the 5 differences between Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti:

#1 Tactical styles

Let's begin with the most glaring difference between the two coaches. While Pep Guardiola prefers a more passing brand of football, Ancelotti generally likes his team to be strong on the counter, which is why he was more successful with Real Madrid than Bayern Munich. 

Every team that played under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola had a distinct brand of passing. One could actually say that his Barcelona and Bayern Munich were the connoisseur of a brilliant brand of passing football, something that we can now see in Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti likes to build his team based on a strong counter-attacking ethos. It is not that he is defensive, but, for example, his Real Madrid team didn't really mind not having possession.

Indeed, that Madrid team relied on quick breaks and turned defence into attack within no time whenever they got the possession.

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