Tactics, formations and player roles are decided by the manager before a game and these pretty much dictate their team’s style of play. Superior tactics is what separates good managers from great ones and very often, the winning and losing teams. Many famous upsets have occurred mainly because the underdog manager out thought his counterpart. Modern football is lucky to have numerous tactically astute managers operating at the highest level. Here are 5 such names that hardly get it wrong before a game.
5. Jorge Sampaoli
Sampaoli is an attack minded manager whose teams have always been a delight to watch. The Argentinian who is fondly remembered by Chileans for leading them to two successive Copa America titles now manages Spanish club Sevilla. In just his first season at Spain, Jorge has transformed the club into genuine title contenders. Sevilla have been an unstoppable attacking force this season, scoring at an average of 2 goals per game. Sampaoli has employed a high intensity-high pressing system at the club and the players have responded perfectly to it. Sometimes he has even switched to a 3 man defense to dominate the midfield and pressurize the opponent. This is a man who led an average Chile side to victory against an Argentina side filled with world class players, twice. Sampaoli is undoubtedly one of the most sought after managers today, and he deserves every bit of the appreciation that is coming his way.