Written By: Kenneth Anucha March 23, 2017, 6:35 pm
The major leagues across Europe are drawing to a close. This season has been lit across the leagues with great displays by some clubs and managers. Some clubs have taken the fight to their rivals and given them a run for their money while others have remained favorites in some of the leagues.
We’ll be taking a look at the table toppers across the leagues so far this season with more emphasis on their managers. The top seven leagues comprising of the PL, Laliga, Bundesliga, Portuguese Primeira Liga, Eredivisie, French Ligue 1 and the Serie A. Only the league leaders in the English Premier League have a new manager in Antonio Conte.
We’ll be taking a look at these managers and how well their teams are doing with emphasis on their numbers so far this season.
MONACO / LIGUE 1
The manager that has embraced youth this season as he parades a team of excellent young prospects who are in the limelight and being targeted by Europe’s biggest clubs. A very composed attacking minded team. Leonardo Jardim’s predominant formation is 4-4-2.
Jardim’s side have been a revelation this season, giving PSG a run for their money all through this season right to this moment. Let’s see how far they can go as the season draws to an end. Their attacking numbers are excellent.
CHELSEA FC / PL
The Italian arrived Stamford Bridge in the summer to manage the English team who had ended up being in line for the worst defensive champion ever in the league. His favorite tactical 3-4-3 formation was being analyzed by fans and pundits alike. Prior to his arrival to the club, there was this myth about the 3-4-3 formation not being feasible in the league. However, he arrived and adopted a 4-2-3-1 formation in his first few games till the drubbing by Arsenal which caused him to fall back to his 3-4-3 basics.
Decent contribution and impact by Conte so far.
REAL MADRID / LA LIGA
The Frenchman took over the Los Blancos last season and commenced the 2016/2017 season on a high. He has given opportunities to the promising youngsters to make a case for themselves and has also taught Madrid to win games in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.
4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 respectively in relation to the quality of the opponent
We’ll see if Zidane’s Real Madrid can maintain their consistency and land their first Laliga title since the 2011/2012 season
JUVENTUS / SERIE A
The Italian champions made a shaky start to the season by their standards in recent times but have pulled together to stretch their lead at the top of the table. Allegri also varies his formation from time to time. He adopts a 3-4-2-1, 4-3-2-1, 4-3-3 etc. No predominant formation on paper. He strategizes weekly based on the opponent.
They’ve owned the league title for many seasons now. Your guess is as good as mine on if they’ll win or not.
BAYERN MUNICH / BUNDESLIGA
The Italian took over the helm during the summer. His side had a torrid start to the season as newly promoted Leipzig gave them a run for their money. However, they’ve bounced back and sit comfortably at the top of the table with a massive double figure point advantage.
Just give Carlo Ancelotti’s men the title already
GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST
FEYENOORD / EREDIVISIE
The former Dutch player led side has given Ajax and PSV a run for their money all through the season.
Let’s see how far they can go to spoil the party for the likes of Ajax and PSV
BENFICA / PRIMEIRA LIGA
The Portuguese manager’s Benfica is being hotly chased by rivals FC Porto in a hotly contested league title run. He varies his formation. So far, He has deployed 4-1-3-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 etc.
Rui Vitoria will have to ensure his team remains consistent with more variance in tactics as this may go down to the wire.
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