ANALYSIS By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Editor Veni, vidi, vici – I came, I saw, I conquered. Julius Caesar in 47 BC, not Jose Mourinho in. José Mourinho forgot happiness need not be a weakness 2 Ken Early: Like Napoleon, Mourinho is the outsider always trying to prove himself. of José Mourinho’s leadership approach, Soccer & Society reading, posing in their stadium, veni, vidi, vici, letting emerge48 a new reality in.

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Fighting to the end is a hallmark of winners; City displayed plenty of it in this victory. And should Madrid fear failure too once Jose mourinbo to conquer foreign fields? He is more vein a technician than a tactician, the difference being that he maximizes the chances of good results on the field through methods he trusts, rather than inventing new tactics, positions or formations based on his team.

Instead, he started his non-playing career at the brutally unfashionable Serie B side Arezzo, before travelling the length and breadth of Italy’s famous boot from Bari to Atalanta and Siena, with mixed results, before taking the reigns at the Old Lady.

Statistics seldom lie, they often merely deceive. It also gives Mancini the freedom to rotate a few players in the next few matches as he tries to keep the squad fresh in their bid to retain the FA Cup.

Veni Vidi Vici! What the Success of Italian Managers in the Premier League Can Teach the English

Even though the quest to retain their trophy is almost definitely futile now, City still went toe-to-toe with United moyrinho much of the game, ably repelling United attacks, and carving out opportunities of their own, instead of giving up and rolling over.

Pavan Mano dreamt of playing football professionally from young — a dream partially fulfilled when he played for his college for two years. The noisy neighbours are not going away any time soon. Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. European success had not befallen the Nerazzurri since Helenio Herrera and the halcyon days of Mkurinho in ‘s. Hallmarks of his time as a manager include assembling a team consisting of the now widespread central defensive midfielder or destroyer, an out-and-out striker, a reliable centre-back and a solid keeper.

Serie A might have a reputation for putting the manager’s head on the chopping block quicker than a medieval prince, but perceived failure in one job has never hindered the persistent from getting back on the horse, learning from mistakes and improving. Ranieri, who earned less plaudits and medals than his Premier League leading successor during his playing days, started his managerial life at the age of 35 in the rugged Calabrian outpost of Vigor Lamezia, before taking Cagliari from Serie C1 to the top flight in successive seasons.

Occasionally, he catches himself reflecting about football; and at other times, he clings to the belief that it’s better to be a has-been than a never-was. For Inter Milan, he secured the first ever Treble in their history. Instead, this was Vii sending out a message that they will definitely be back next season; United will have their work cut out for them retaining the title.


And at Inter, the men from Milan marched to Madrid and European glory for the first time in 45 years, led from the front by their commander in chief.

However, beyond the sheer number of available and willing coaches, there are lessons to be learned from the Premier League’s most successful import. The quartet of Conte, Ranieri, Mancini and Ancelotti should not just be viewed as disparate, otherworldly super bosses hand picked from Europe at the expense of homegrown options, but rather as case studies in longevity and durability, and as a possible blueprint for building winners.

Now, he plays purely for amusement — often that of others’. He was faced with the challenge of overcoming title holders Barcelona in the semi-finals beating them on aggregate having mourlnho by a goal at Nou Camp which Mourinho described as the most beautiful defeat in his life.

Real Madrid have won both the league and the domestic cup since Mourinho took charge. In hindsight, both had worked out plans and strategies meticulously in their heads. That Jose wrested the Copa del Rey from their grasp, only to reclaim the league title a year later setting new maximum points and goals scored records in the processfurther enhanced his claim to a spot in the managerial Hall of Fame.

Andrew Headspeath 13 Mar Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Chelsea fared better following the departure of the self-styled Special One, but ultimately missed out on the Premier League title, the Champions League and the Carling Cup right at the end under Avram Grant inwith Mourinho having departed in October following a falling-out with the Blues’ very own Roman, owner Abramovich.

It was also a chance for City to demonstrate that they were definitely as good as, or even superior to, if we wanted to push the envelope a little bit further United.

However, rather than being blacklisted, the young coach was given the opportunity at AC Milan, with whom he enjoyed his longest spell to date and took home two Champions League titles. Mancini claimed before the game that the gap between the two sides was nowhere near the 15 points as reflected in the table — based on this showing he was right. Ancelotti built his reputation with a ludicrously talented Parma squad that contained the likes of Hernan Crespo, Gigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro but his subsequent move to Juventus was an objective failure.

But is it really his fault? Man Utd are at the worst point ever under Ferguson, and have recently lost against Real, Chelsea and City and yet they are deservedly storming ahead in the league. Obviously, England needs to catch up to the European crowd by producing more UEFA qualified coaches, that much is certain – and the statistics are damning. To make matters more impressive still, there have only been 11 Italian managers in Premier League history, meaning over a third are or rather will be very shortly Premier League winners.


The Portuguese coach has been accused of favouring short-term success over long-lasting gain at his previous clubs, but is building a team for the next decade at the Bernabeu. He was followed by the stylish and brooding Roberto Mancinithen along came the uber avuncular Ranieri and now the hard, tactical innovator Antonio Conte And when he did, his teams fell into decline.

Nevertheless, based on this game, the signs are encouraging. Secondly, contrary to popular myth, Mourunho Italians don’t receive preferential treatment in the most geni league around. Two-and-a-half seasons at Porto saw a haul of six trophies won, three seasons at Chelsea brought another six, as the erstwhile Pensioners became the world-famous Blues.

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Throughout the season, United have demonstrated a ruthless consistency, something that City have not, but a lack of consistency must not be confused with quality.

He has worked wonders by getting great energy levels, synthesis and cohesion from his players. The Portuguese is often accused of placing short-term vidj above long-lasting growth at his clubs, and the current crises at Chelsea and Inter would suggest the year-old’s transfer policy did vidj lack long-term vision.

Despite having Zinedine Zidane, the current Bayern boss could only muster an Intertoto Cup from two seasons in Turin, and embarrassingly surrendered a five point lead in three games to Lazio at the end of the campaign to throw away the Scudetto. They are definitely not 15 points apart in terms mourino quality; this match proved vii. While Villas-Boas looked to revamp the mentality and playing style of the players he had inherited, Jose Mourinho, seven years previously, had decided on several new and mostly Portuguese additions to the core of his squad well in advance.

They also had the courage and conviction to implement their ideas and stick with them to the hilt. In a sense, this was a Manchester derby joss City absolutely had jlse win, to reassert the fact mouinho although this was not their season, they will continue to be challenging for honors in seasons to come. Victory over Bayern Munich brought a triumphant treble; it was an epic event, a trememdous tale tinted with legendary lustre, magic and myth.

He came, he saw, he conquered. This was City laying down a marker for the future. History can only be built up over time when you prove, again and again, that you can meet the standards of excellence. He is one of those managers who excels at getting the best out of their players, through coaching and man-management.