In the Champions League final last season, Klopp led Liverpool to victory over Tottenham and won the Champions League, finally getting rid of the embarrassing status of the second in the millennium and becoming the leader of the Champions League. In world football where the winners and losers, people only seem to remember the champion, and the runner-up will be forgotten after the final. However, it is already a remarkable thing for a coach to lead the team for a season and finally make it to the final. Even if he loses the final, it is respectable.
In fact, in recent years, in addition to a few Champions League champion coaches, there are also three Champions League runners-up coaches that are also impressive. It is their hard work. Resistance made the final champion full of beauty. The three coaches are Simeone, Allegri and Pochettino. In the past few years, they led their respective teams to compete in the Champions League. They all fell short in the finals and became tragic heroes. So, will they get involved in the Champions League in the future?
Of the three, the most unfortunate is Simeone. Beginning in 2014, Simeone led Atletico to the Champions League final twice, but unfortunately, he lost to Real Madrid both times. Those few years can be said to be the peak period of Atletico Madrid and also the heyday of Simeone coaching. Under his rule, Atletico Madrid became an iron-blooded division, which was tougher than Bayern. Two Champions League finals, even if you win one, it’s rightSimeone’s hard work gave back. In fact, Atletico Madrid had a chance to win the two finals, especially in the 2014 final. Atletico took the 1:0 advantage to 92 minutes and 47 seconds. Unfortunately, Ramos finished the countdown and equalized. Eventually collapsed in overtime.
Those years were actually the best time for Atletico to win the Champions League. If it is missed, it is difficult to have a better opportunity. nowAtletico Madrid lost Griezmann and Godin, the team is bound to face a decline in strength, and Simeone’s passion reached its peak during the two finals of the season, and now it has brought him back to that state. It's difficult. So if Simeone wants to win the Champions League and stay at Atletico Madrid, it is very difficult, almost impossible.
The situation is similar to the other runner-up coach Allegri. Allegri has achieved great success at Juventus, not only allowing Juventus to maintain its dominance in Serie A, but also leading Juventus to the Champions League final. It is a pity that he met the strongest teams in Europe at the time, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the two finals. What is even more regrettable is that the Juventus team that met Barcelona and Real Madrid is already the strongest Juventus in recent years, and it is also the Juventus most likely to win the Champions League.
Similar to Simeone, Allegri was also defeated at his peak, but Allegri lost in both finals. , Juventus is indeed slightly inferior to Real Madrid and Barcelona in terms of strength and performance in the finals. Now Allegri has left Juventus. Although he had a scandal with Paris, he wanted to take a break according to his own intentions. Period. If Allegri wants to win the Champions League, it’s time for him to come back and coach the top European giants again.The situation in continental football is changing. In the next few years, it is impossible to predict which team will lead the way. At that time, it depends on Allegri's ability to choose.
Of the three coaches, Pochettino is the youngest and the weakest, because Pochettino only reached the Champions League final last season, and he eliminated Manchester City and Ajax. The process has a certain element of luck. To be honest, not many people believed that Tottenham could reach the finals last season. Compared with the top European giants, Tottenham still has a slight gap in rank.
However, compared with Simeone and Allegri, Pochettino has His own advantages, first of all, he is the youngest, and he still has a lot of time to create miracles. In addition, Pochettino’s coaching ability has been recognized by many people. Real Madrid has also had scandals with him before, and it is certain that Pochettino His future will never be Tottenham. When the time is right, he will come to a top European giant and continue to write his own legend. Pochettino reminds me of Benitez, although the two characters, coaching ideas, coaching style are completely different The same, but Benitez was also a young coach, conquered everyone with outstanding results, came to Liverpool from Valencia, and created his own myth. Now, Pochettino is facing similar growth. Path.
In the next few years, no one dare to give an accurate definition of the pattern of European football, but there is one thing It is certain that the Champions League will continue the situation where a few top giants take turns taking turns. Examples like Porto in 2004 are basically impossible to recur. This is also the opportunity for the three runners-up coaches, because at their age, Ability and qualifications are bound to become the object of competition for rich teams.