UEFA Champione League 2010-11 Preview: Top FIVE Managers to Watch Out For

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UEFA Champione League 2010-11 Preview: Top FIVE Managers to Watch Out For
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It's the pride that they play for

The wait is over. The countdown has begun. Few more days and the titans would clash again. The most reputed competition in Europe – UEFA Champions League – is always expected to produce some of the most arresting moments in an unforgettable fashion and the scene is no different once more for the 2010-11 season.

Europe has seen quite a few signs of revolution in the pattern of football over the last few years. A decade that has seen as many as eight teams reigning supreme over ten titles has assured quality football to prevail all around. Almost all the footballing philosophies and ideas have worked in the last decade and we have seen champions coming from all the distinguished genres of the game.

From the out and out midfield driven Bayern Munich to a totally reverse containing approach of FC Porto – have all worked and worked to their best. Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho have been the only managers in the last decade to have won the honour twice – the latter of course with two different teams.

AC Milan and FC Barcelona have been the only teams in the decade bygone to manage the winners’ badge twice – failing to do so on successive instances though.

It is no secret to anybody pertaining to the football fraternity the great role does a manager play in structuring a team’s success at the Europe level. Tactical supremacy has been the lethal weapon for the managers on their way outwitting the counterparts and eventually guiding their side attain the highest esteem.

Not much different in nature, is this year the Champions League going to be. There are some of the Europe’s most exciting managers eager to add the highest glory to their CV whereas there are many keen on marking their presence a felt one.

An important thing to understand is that a great manager may not necessarily win the title for his club but is the one who makes the most of what is available to him riding his team to the correct path and see to it that they deliver their best on the field. Rest as they say is destiny and if you have any doubts over it, ask Ottmar Hitzfeld – for reference, Hitzfeld led Bayern Munich in that infamous final of 1999.

Let us focus on five of the managers most likely to steer the tournaments’ fortunes with their percipience and shrewdness. Here is a look at the five picked ones I feel would formulate the diagram of this year’s championship.

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