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Five Managers Who Deserve Plenty Commendation This Season

The European football season is neck deep into the business end. Teams are currently either scrambling to avoid relegation or contending to win the title. A lot of managers have come under the stick for their team’s performance, whereas some others have given us a tactical lesson.

Before the champagne gets popped in May, here are five tacticians who have done fantastically well in Europe’s big five leagues this season.

#1 – Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte was handed one of the most difficult jobs in England last year when he was named Chelsea manager. Conte was saddled with the responsibility of rejuvenating a distraught Chelsea who had finished a lowly tenth despite winning the Premier League the year before.

Without mincing words, the Italian had an uphill task when he dropped the reins as manager of the Italian national team. However, on arrival at Chelsea, Antonio Conte with his charisma, man management, and tactics, has made the job look somewhat easy. So much so, he’s been offered a contract extension in his first year in charge.

Conte’s system of playing three at the back in a 3-4-3 formation has become a standard for Premier League managers. The former Juventus manager has led Chelsea to the summit of the Premier League; four points clear of second-placed Tottenham with five games to go.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea has also reached the FA Cup final, where they will face Arsenal.

#2 – Julian Nagelsmann

At just 29, Julian Nagelsmann can be regarded as the most promising coach of his generation. The young German manager has proven everyone wrong since taking over at 1899 Hoffenheim. He was named Hoffenheim manager last February, with the team joint-bottom of the Bundesliga, five points adrift of safety with just 14 games remaining.

However, the relatively inexperienced 28-year-old led Hoffenheim to 23 points out of a possible 42, to avoid relegation at a hair’s breadth. He was the Bundesliga youngest ever manager and was duly named manager of the season.

This season, Nagelsmann is on course to creating history with Hoffenheim. Thomas Tuchel’s protégé has led the Bundesliga outfit to fourth in the league; Hoffenheim is on course for a Champions League ticket for the first in their history.

#3 – Leonardo Jardim

Leonardo Jardim is working wonders with Monaco this season. The Portuguese manager has absolutely revolutionized the Principality club and is leading them to their first French Ligue 1 title in seventeen years – they last won it in 2000.

After enduring criticism for his pragmatic approach to management for the past two seasons, Leonardo Jardim has revamped Monaco into becoming a strong Ligue 1 and Champions League title contender this term. For the most part of this season, Les Monegasques had been the top scorers in Europe’s top five leagues.

Jardim has created a world beater in Kylian Mbappe Lottin. His attacking tactics has paid off with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Radamel Falcao and Tiemoué Bakayoko despite losing the likes of Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, James Rodríguez and Anthony Martial.

Jardim has led Monaco to the Champions League semifinal and they could well win it. The Portuguese manager is one of the managers that deserves a pat on the back this campaign.

#4 – Massimiliano Allegri

Allegri has emerged as one of the highly sought after managers in Europe and it’s not hard to see why. The former AC Milan boss has been arguably the best manager in the Serie A for the better part of three years. His defensive tactic is one that can barely be faulted.

Massimiliano Allegri is leading Juventus to another Scudetto title this season; the Turin side is eight points clear at the top of the Serie A with just seven games left. Allegri has also guided Juve to the semifinal of the Champions League. It’s their second semifinal appearance under Allegri within three years.

Juventus could win the treble this season as they’ve also reached the Coppa Italia final where they will face Lazio on June 2nd. Massimiliano Allegri could well be named Serie A manager of the season again – he absolutely deserves it.

#5 – Diego Simeone

The fact that Diego Simeone has led Atletico Madrid to their third Champions League semifinal appearance in four years, means he deserves plenty commendation. However, Atleti has not only been phenomenal in the Champions League alone. In the La Liga, Atletico Madrid has become a force to be reckoned with. They have followed up their 2013-14 title by constantly contending for the La Liga title every other season. They currently sit third in the La Liga table with another Champions League place all but secured.

It’s little wonder Inter Milan is prepared to offer El Cholo a bumper package to join them – he’s been really impressive this season.

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