This Saturday the English football league kicks off, Liverpool-Leeds United play and the coaches are protagonists in an all-star championship.
If they got together to count titles, between the four they would add 8 Champions League, 7 Premier League, 26 celebrations with English teams and 83 in total. Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp and José Mourinho, in a round of coffee, or several; it would be priceless. Although it is probable that between Pep and Mou the weather is not very friendly.
There is no doubt that the English championship to which Marcelo Bielsa arrives with his Leeds United is something like a congress of technicians, but the Rosario will not have time to acclimatize: the debut will be at the edge of the knife against Liverpool champion Klopp, this Saturday 12, at 13.30 in Argentina.
The four horsemen of the Premier is it so among the best technicians of all time. They prove, for example, having won the tough English championship (Mourinho, three times; Guardiola, two; Ancelotti and Klopp, one each) in which they compete again and also the desired Champions League (Carletto, three; Mou and Pep, two; Jürgen, one).
Two objects of desire for anyone sitting on a substitute bench. Or in the case of Bielsa, in an ice cream maker.
The Italian made his debut in England in 2009 as Chelsea manager, with whom he won the 2009/10 local championship. Now head to Everton and he has just convinced James Rodríguez to accompany him from the field of play. Jorge Valdano defined it precisely: “James does not go to Everton: he goes to Ancelotti Fútbol Club.”
With his calm leadership mode, Carletto He has wielded the egos of almost every star and they all speak wonders of his driving style and his wisdom.
Ancelotti has 96 Premier League games between Chelsea and Everton, with 56 wins, 19 draws, 21 defeats and 196 goals in favor. His coaching record is strong. He was champion in four different major leagues: with Milan (2003/04), Chelsea (2009/10), Paris Saint-Germain (2012/13) and Bayern Munich (2016/17).
He also has three Champions League: two with Milan (2002/03 and 2006/07) and one with Real Madrid (2013/14), the famous Tenth.
But the Italian is also the one who most stood out as a player in this poker. He was part of one of the best teams in history, Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan, of which he was the brain on the pitch, playing as a central midfielder. He was local champion twice (1987/88 and 1991/92) and also twice he won the Champions League (1988/89 and 1989/90). It also has a Scudetto previous (1982/83) with Roma. And two World Cups played with Italy: 1986 and 1990. You have plenty of authority.
As a coach, he started out as Sacchi’s field assistant in the national team Azure (They were runners-up in the world in USA 94) and later he had Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid as an assistant. Among his many merits is having transformed Andrea Pirlo from a hitch without a place among Milan’s starters to a remarkable central midfielder with continuity later at Juventus.
On Sunday the 13th he will make his debut visiting an old acquaintance in London: José Mourinho.
The 57-year-old Portuguese is without a doubt the most controversial of current technicians, also one of the most winners. Along with Ancelotti, they are among the five coaches who won the Champions League with two different teams. Mourinho did it with Porto in 2004 and with Inter in 2010.
He is the only one to win the main championships of the five top leagues in Europe: He did it in England with Chelsea, in Italy with Inter and in Spain with Real Madrid. And we must add that in Portugal he was also champion with Porto.
Your resume says that add 25 titles. Eight of them are leagues, three in the country where he works today giving orders at Tottenham Hotspur. He had two three-year cycles at Chelsea and achieved three Premier: 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2014/15.