The 42-year-old Argentinian replaced the highly successful Ramon Diaz as the River Plate coach in 2014. Gallardo often referred to as the ‘Napoleon’ has been the reason for River Plate’s run of success. Possessing a profound knowledge and understanding of the game, Gallardo, a devoted admirer of Marcelo Bielsa has lived up to his nick name.
Gallardo managed an unbeaten streak of 32 games, the club’s all time high. His style of play and attacking minded football has been lauded by many critics and pundits. His 4-1-4-1 or his 4-4-2 strategy with 2 deep lying midfielders has been impressive to watch all season.
The current Porto caretaker has been instrumental for the club’s success this season. After four long trophy-less seasons, Conceicao returned to its former glory days by capturing the Primeira League. The attacking minded football played by Porto all season has been from the brains of Sergio Conceicao.
A brilliant game of possession-based football accumulated with the attacking full backs and with the experienced Iker Casillas between the posts, Porto has regained its former glory with Conceicao. With excellent progression made in this year’s Champions League, Porto can indeed see a repeat of 2004.
Standing out as a manager in the Premier league requires an insurmountable amount of brilliance. Eddie Howe is the man behind Bournemouth’s success in England. Slowly climbing the table, Bournemouth has done well under the guidance of Howe.
Favouring a possession based tactic with high pressing all over the field, Howe has done well to keep Bournemouth within the grasp of the top ten in the league. Forwards Josh King and Callum Wilson have benefitted from the managerial strategies. The defense has been strengthened with the addition of Nathan Ake. Despite, limited resources, Howe has done well to keep Bournemouth in contention of a top ten finish.
Mark Van Bommel–
The former Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder turned coach has made PSV into a formidable force in Europe. Bringing his robust on field nature into PSV Eindhoven, Van Bommel has propelled PSV to the top of the league. His impactful 4-3-3 has benefitted Hirving Lozano and Luuk De Jong more than anyone. With the team already netting 60 goals while conceding only 8, PSV are on another level, under Van Bommel.
PSV has successfully held off rivals Ajax with a dominant 3-0 win and now sit at the top of the table. With such effective and tactical football, PSV have the dexterity to win the Eredivise and go far in the Champions League.
The manager of Lazio has lived up to his name in his stint as the manager of the club. In a tough Serie A, Lazio have held off the advances of other Italian clubs to sit in the 4th position in the table. This success has been largely due to the mastermind of Simeone Inzaghi.
With the experienced Ciro Immobile leading the attack, Lazio has been truly impressive under Inzaghi. With the dynamic S M Savic in the heart of the midfield and Joaquin Correa supporting the forward, the Lazio team has evolved under Inzaghi.
Julian Nagelsmann– The 31-year-old Nagelsmann has been widely regarded as the best young mind in football. Currently managing Hoffenheim, Julian has led his young team to a Champions League spot this season.
Idolizing an attacking style of play, the German is truly on the helm of becoming one of the greats. Soon to be RP Leipzig’s coach in the coming season, Nagelsmann will be sure to showcase his excellence to the world.