Premier League managers' tactical ingenuity is the best in the world
There are several glamorous things attached to the Premier League, making it arguably the finest in the world. The views it generates has made many owners millions of pounds in recent times. That profit allows clubs to invest in the best managers the globe has to offer. Looking at how much emphasis England's elite teams place on getting the right coach, it's obvious they expect specific results.
At this season's beginning, two of the Premier League's top six sides waved goodbye to their managers. Chelsea welcomed Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte's replacement. Further north in London, Arsenal chose Unai Emery to succeed the long-serving Arsene Wenger. Those changes have brought both the Blues and Gunners noticeable improvements, all in less than three months.
Throw in Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and the two Manchester teams, the Premier League is unrivalled when it comes to managerial quality. England isn't just a place they converge for the big bucks, they make things happen which has a great effect far and wide. These top managers impact how lower sides set up, too.
During Conte's Chelsea era, the Italian successfully utilised a three-at-the-back system to tame the league. His tactic worked so well that almost every side in the division tried it at one point. The type of ingenuity showed by the former Azzurri boss lives on among Premier League bosses this campaign.
Jurgen Klopp's gegenpressing, when in full flow, works out every member of the opposition. The German's preferred style has helped his players to improve not only their work rate but overall performance. As a result, Liverpool reached a Champions League final for the first time in 11 years last season. Their system harnesses some individual brilliance, evidenced by Mohamed Salah's incredible performance.
Mauricio Pochettino is another formidable operator. The Argentine has taken Tottenham from regular Europa League contenders to a team with genuine title prospects. Doing so with little resources, he's considered a master in developing youth.
In Manchester, the two clubs arguably possess the world's best two managers. Pep Guardiola has done tremendous work at Manchester City, securing three trophies last campaign. The Catalan coach's CV includes lifting the Premier League, a title which has so far eluded arch-enemy Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. The Portuguese can boast the Europe League, EFL Cup double during his time at Old Trafford, though.
Guardiola and Mourinho use contrasting styles to bring about success. However, many believe the two reached such heights solely due to the money spent. Especially the Man City boss. That's the wrong way of thinking, though. A team's triumph is largely down to the manager, who enforces a strong work ethic to bring out each player's best.
City's achievement last season went somewhat under appreciated. That was mainly due to their Champions League run getting cut off at the last eight. But many forget that no team had ever broken the Premier League's 100-point barrier. The Citizens did so by playing at an intense level week in, week out, while also entertaining their supporters. None of it would have been possible without Guardiola.
City's success has a greater effect on the Premier League. The way they perform reverberates. It played a part in Everton sacking Sam Allardyce six months ago, replacing him with Marco Silva. Now backed financially, the Toffees' ownership demands a more attractive playing style, one which fans will appreciate. West Ham United took a similar route in swapping David Moyes for Manuel Pellegrini. This mentality, enforced by Guardiola and other managing pioneers, was unheard of in England's top flight not too long ago. It makes much sense now.
The Premier League's revolution has only just started. Managers such as Guardiola, Klopp and Pochettino will continue to push it forward. The question is, where will it end? Perhaps once perfection is achieved.