We all know how important money is in today's game, but thankfully there are still opportunities for teams to succeed against the odds.
Getting the most out of your players is a skill that great managers have had in the past, and right now there are plenty of bosses around the globe who are doing just that.
Working with the resources at their disposal, these managers have succeeded in extracting the best performances they can out of the players they currently have, often upsetting richer and more glamorous opponents in the process.
There is always plenty of room for debate on matters such as these, but here are nine bosses who are currently going over and above the line of duty:
Southampton's Argentinean boss hasn't been without financial help or indeed his troubles lately, but he's impressively gone about his job on the south coast in his 12 months in the job.
The likes of Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez have seen their games mature under Pochettino, with both earning their first call-ups to the England squad this season.
Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers are exciting young full-backs, whilst the careers of players such as Rickie Lambert, Steven Davis and Jose Fonte have been prolonged and improved under their manager's guidance.
Following a strong start to the Premier League season, the Saints are now ninth in the table.
In the summer, Susic will take charge of the only one of the 32 countries at the World Cup to make their debut at international football's premier event, where Bosnia-Herzegovina will face Argentina, Iran and Nigeria.
They'll fancy their chances of making it through that group too, and that could be seen as a just reward following a fine qualification campaign in which Susic guided his team to eight wins from 10 games.
Their World Cup debut will see them facing up to Lionel Messi at the iconic Maracana stadium in their first match, a stunning achievement for a country who only achieved independence from Yugoslavia in 1992.
The current top five in Serie A all look pretty predictable, but then in sixth and level on points with Inter Milan are Hellas Verona.
Promoted last season after finishing second in Serie B, Verona have convincingly beaten the likes of AC Milan and Lazio this season under the guidance of former Inter defender Mandorlini, who has been in his position since 2010.
The terrific form of the 36-year-old veteran forward Luca Toni has helped Mandorlini's side, and they look well set to stay in and around the top few places all season.
Former Argentina midfielder Simeone has seen his side become arguably the most impressive team in La Liga this season, with Atletico Madrid currently sitting level on points with top-of-the-table side Barcelona following 16 wins from 20 matches.
The prolific form of the league's top goalscorer Diego Costa has been key to the rise of the team from the Vicente Calderon.
Whether or not they can win La Liga remains to be seen, but their form has now proven to be so much more than just a flash in the pan, and Simeone deserves huge credit for that.
Defeats in their last two matches have seen Lille fall away from the Ligue 1 pace somewhat, but that shouldn't detract from the fine season that Girard has overseen.
Taking over from Rudi Garcia following his switch to Roma, Girard has shown the same qualities that he demonstrated in guiding Montpellier to an unexpected Ligue 1 title in 2011/12, with Salomon Kalou and Nolan Roux impressing in particular.
The might and financial power of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco might mean that the title is a long way off for Lille, but their manager has certainly got them playing for both each other and for him.
His team haven't hit the heights they found on the way to reaching the Champions League final last season, but Klopp still deserves a place on this list simply for his status amongst the current coaching fraternity.
A humble player at Mainz for 12 years, few could have imagined just what would become of the engaging, likeable manager who has managed to extract terrific performances out of his BVB side, as he's enjoyed a double Bundesliga success and that run in the Champions League.
With the departures of some of his star names only comes more of a challenge for Klopp, who will already be planning on how to replace the Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski.
Many thought that Everton would suffer following the summer departure of David Moyes for a new, and frequently unhappy time at Manchester United.
But Martinez has remodelled the Blues and turned them into a team who seem to value possession over anything else, a style which has ensured that they have been in and around the top four of the Premier League table all season.
An intelligent use of the loan market has seen players such as Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and Gerard Deulofeu brought in, whilst young talents Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman have matured and been nurtured.
When Favre arrived at Borussia Moenchengladbach in February 2011 his brief was simply to keep the team in the Bundesliga, and having done that he ended up taking them to the qualification stages of the Champions League.
The Swiss boss completely turned around the fortunes of his club, and whilst last season's eighth placed finish was a little disappointing, this year they sit in third and are real contenders for a Champions League spot again.
Key performers Raffael, Juan Arango and Max Kruse have been in terrific form this season, and with Favre in charge they only look like improving.
The departure of Fred Rutten as manager and the sale of forward Wilfried Bony to Swansea were supposed to weaken Vitesse Arnhem, but they've actually improved under the stewardship of new boss Bosz.
Sitting joint-top of the Eredivisie alongside Ajax, Vitesse have admittedly been helped by the link-up with Chelsea which has allowed them to loan five players from the Premier League giants, but Bosz has turned them into an outfit capable of winning the league.
The 50-year-old former Dutch international midfielder has certainly got the best out of his team, and a shock league title isn't out of the question.