Sunday, 30 July 2017

Do Football coaches Win Matches, Trophies, & Titles by Luck or By Their Level Of Expertise

Great Football Managers
Now the world great coaches, name them from Sir Alex Ferguson, Jupp Heynckes, Fabio Capello, Jose Mourinho, Louis Vaal Gaal, Carlo Ancellotti, & Pep Guardiola to mention but a few all needed luck at one point or the other in their career to win some critical matches. When luck ran out against them at one point or the other they became ordinary coaches.

A coach may be very, very lucky to have a great team at his disposal, exceptional players in the ranks of his team, little or no injury to key players throughout the season, avoid injuries to key players during a season or in the course of a competition, having his team in peak condition at critical points & sometimes having some highly debatable decisions going in the favor of his team from match officials.

Take Pep Guardiola as a classical example. Guardiola is a genius as far as coaching is concerned as he does not just win soccer matches but wins by playing beautiful & attractive football but even Guardiola has had to rely on pure luck to win some matches. He has been lucky as well to coach some highly exceptional teams with extraordinary players and has been at clubs with the capacity to strengthen his teams no matter the cost of acquiring his desired player. 

If we go way back to the return leg of the champions league semi-final match between Chelsea & Barcelona during the 2008/2009 season. Guardiola had tried everything he knew in the cause of the match but it did not work in his favour. He had already accepted defeat by congratulating Guss Hiddink before Iniesta scored the late equaliser that won Barcelona the semi-final round on away goals rule & Barcelona went on to win the final match against Manchester united with ease & Guardiola became a genius.

 I believe that Guardiola knows deep down in his mind that if not for Tom Hemming Overbo who officiated that match as if he was confused & not in the right frame of mind or had a personal vendetta against Chelsea football club that the match would have been dead & buried against his team long before Iniesta's equalizer. In the just concluded 2016/2017 season the element of luck was not in Guadiola's favor & he ended up winning no trophy for the first time in his illustrious career. 

I want to conclude by saying that the best coaches or managers are those who win matches, trophies & titles and they achieve this by combining their expertise, great tactical & managerial abilities with the element of luck in their favor.

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