Top 5 contenders for Managers of season in the La Liga ranked
The best of the best from the La Liga.
The funniest thing in football is perhaps the fate of managers in modern football. They tend to take the blame for their team’s performance if they’re below par but are often forced to stand in the background and clap as the players take in the adulation. Well, at least most of the time.
The best teams though are made in their manager’s image. Think of the legendary John Cruyff and his teams, they played their football exactly how their manager contemplated it, total football or Jose Mourinho’s treble winning Inter Milan squad, like their manager, tenacious and daring.
We have seen quite a few tactical master classes this season in the La Liga, but some managers (and their respective teams) have done it on a more consist basis than the rest, and in my opinion (this part is important) the following five have been the best this season.
#5 Jorge Sampaoli
When Jorge Sampaoli left his position with the Chile national team in the January 2016, there were many who were keeping a keen eye on where he ended up eventually. As he took over the reins of Sevilla, he took a club who were used to success under Unai Emery and perhaps enjoying their most consistent results as a football club (in recent memory).
They had won the Europa League in each of the last three years, and the Argentine faced an uphill task in bettering that at Spain’s oldest club. However, their start to the season not only defied expectations but also had the duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid stunned and running for cover. That is no mean feat.
His all-action style, and his persona reflected in his team’s performances. However, owing to their smaller squad, the team fell off the pace (more like ran out of steam), and will finish a very respectable 4th this season.