15.11.2021 - What makes a champion team -- the manager or the players? Champion teams come and go at the European Premier League, not because they have the best players in their respective rosters.Oftentimes, all it takes is a respected team manager or coach to motivate every player or member of a team to commit his best to a shared commitment.
This is why Alex Ferguson, who led Manchester United to an incredible 13 Premier League titles in a span of 21 years, is a legend in his time. During his watch as team manager, many said that he turned the odds of Premier League betting largely in his team’s favor - even on premium Thai betting sites like Vwin.
A similar accolade is also bestowed on Ferguson’s archrival Arsene Wenger, a Frenchman who made the incredible Man United mentor less godly by guiding the Arsenal FC to an invincible streak even against Ferguson’s vaunted juggernaut.
While Ferguson and Wenger are a class of their own, there are younger and still active team managers who deserve similar recognition because of their impactful and positive influence on their respective teams.
This honor list includes Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, and Jurgen Klopp.
Mourinho is one of the greatest and most decorated active managers of his generation with 25 league titles and cups won for Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid, and Manchester United.
At 58, this former Portuguese midfielder might yet overshadow the illustrious Ferguson and Wenger. He has managed more teams and chalked up more championship titles than his former “sweet enemies” Ferguson and Wenger.
So far, he has won three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup for Chelsea, and another League Cup and the Europa League for Manchester United. And the count continues.
Despite capturing two Premier titles in record-breaking fashion, 50-year-old Pep Guardiola may still have a long way to go to equal the accomplishments of Ferguson, Wenger, and Mourinho.
Yet he remains unperturbed and appears to be in no rush, slowly making his mark as opportunities come along in the game he once enjoyed playing as a former defensive midfielder for the Spanish national team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and the U23 Spanish team that won the gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
After retiring as a player, he coached Barcelona B and won the Tercera Division, which served as his ticket to assume control of the first team in 2008.
In his first season for Barcelona, he guided the team to triple victories at La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA Champions League. At the age of 39, Guardiola became the youngest manager to win the coveted triple titles in Europe.
It was to be his ticket to more opportunities to handle blue chip teams and establish his reputation in the highly competitive world of European football. He currently mentors Manchester City in the Premier League.
Like most stellar football coaches, Jurgen Klopp was a professional German football player who spent most of his playing years as a striker for Mainz 05. When he hung up his cleats in 2001, the same team took him in as club manager, a job highlighted with unremarkable results until he resigned in 2008.
His transfer to Borussia Dortmund turned his career around. He steered the team to the Bundesliga title in the 2010-2011 season before winning Dortmund’s first-ever domestic double in record breaking, come-from-behind victory fashion. The following year, Klopp further enhanced his reputation by guiding Dortmund to a runner up position in the UEFA Champions League.
In another major career move, Klopp resigned from Dortmund and joined Liverpool in the Premier League in 2015, where he continues to call the shots to this day. He has guided Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2019.
Guardiolo’s Manchester City and Kloop’s Liverpool are among the top contenders in the on-going 2021-2022 Premier League.