8. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
Over the years, Simeone has steadily built Atletico into one of the most consistent sides in La Liga. Simeone’s style of play includes compact defenses and quick counter-attacks which is evident by the fact he has been one of the most successful defensive-minded managers.
He led Atletico to two UEFA Europa and UEFA Super Cups each including two Champions League final appearances in 2014 and 2016. Atletico Madrid won La Liga in 2014 with Simeone also leading them to a Copa del Rey. He is in contention to win the league title this season as well. Some of Simeone’s coaching idols include the likes of Marcelo Bielsa, Sven-Göran Eriksson, and Alfio Basile.
7. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
The Galacticos boss started at the helm of Castilla before being appointed as the head coach of Real Madrid in 2016. He went on to win the UEFA Champions League three times in a row becoming the first manager to do so. Along with the European cups which also included two UEFA Super Cups and FIFA Club World Cups, he won the Spanish Super Cup and La Liga twice each.
He left Madrid in 2018 but returned a year later in March after failed performances under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. His tactical philosophy including fluid formations and attacking football, along with leadership skills uniting the dressing room has been vital for Real Madrid’s domination at the highest level. He is widely regarded as one of the best football managers in the world. Marcello Lippi and Carlo Ancelotti remain two of Zidane’s main influencers.
6. Antonio Conte (Inter Milan)
The former Chelsea boss surprised everyone with his success at San Siro this season, with his group of Premier League misfits and experienced Italians combining perfectly. Conte ended Juventus’ dominance on the Serie A, with his Inter side winning the league title for the first time since 2010.
This is his 4th Serie A title, having won the first three during his time with Juventus. The Italian also won the league title in England during his time with Chelsea. He seems like the man who can take Inter to where they belong; to the very top.
5. Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s transformation under Tuchel has been astonishing. They’ve been basically flawless so far, and are in the finals of both the FA Cup and Champions League. That is pretty wild when you consider where they were under Frank Lampard, looking on enviously at those above them in the Europa League positions.
Before Chelsea, Tuchel has served as head coach at Borussia Dortmund and PSG, among other clubs. It will be interesting to see if Chelsea can win a silverware under him in this season.
4. Didier Deschamps (France NT)
Didier Deschamps became only the third person to win the FIFA World Cup both as a player and a coach alongside the greats Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer when France lifted the trophy in 2018. He also became the second to do so as a captain after Beckenbauer.
He began his coaching career at Monaco in 2001 and led them to the 2004 UEFA Champions League final. Deschamps was appointed as the manager of Juventus following their relegation for their involvement in the 2006 Calciopoli Scandal. He won Serie B that season and brought Juventus back to the top division. He left coaching after that season and returned two years later with one of his former teams, Marseille, and led them to the Ligue 1 title in his first year in charge.
In July 2012, he was named the head coach of the France national team and only reached the quarters in the 2014 World Cup before eventually winning it in 2018.