In the world of football, events move rapidly and nowhere is this more evident than in league matches, where games arrive hard and rapidly to the point where managers eventually criticize the system every season. The 2021-22 season is almost around the corner, and some teams have already made significant transfers this summer, with management appearing to be a primary emphasis area.
Managing a football club necessitates a wide set of skills as well as a thorough understanding of the game. Managers should be able to work personally with players to encourage and discipline them, in addition to being tactically smart. While we have been fortunate to witness numerous world-class managers impose their supremacy, there are still others who are yet to prove themselves, and the upcoming 2021/22 season could be the perfect platform for them.
So with this, let’s take a peek at the five managers who have a point to prove in the 2021/22 season.
Five managers with a point to prove this season
Barcelona did win their first title under Ronald Koeman, but placing third and winning only one domestic trophy throughout the season might be regarded as an average or poor season given Barcelona’s expectations.
There were several difficulties at hand, as Ronald Koeman required a year to adapt to his new role as coach at the Nou Camp. With so many off-pitch difficulties, one can confidently claim that Ronald Koeman did a decent job in his first season since, in situations like these, a lot worse might have occurred.
The coach, as well as the players, have endured but the season was far from ideal, and Koeman will need to significantly improve to meet the club’s expectations and provide better results in the 2021-22 season.
Juventus are ready to resort to a friendly face in the hopes of reinstating the Old Lady to her glory days after a tumultuous season that saw their nine-year reign over Serie A come to an end while their rookie manager struggled to keep the good times going. This year, they were unable to retain their Serie A championship, finishing fourth in the rankings. Juventus’ demise over the course of a single year is obvious and on the final day of the season, the team went from winning the league to squeaking into the Champions League.
Juventus has rehired former manager Massimiliano Allegri for a second spell at the club, putting an end to Andrea Pirlo’s one-season experiment.
Allegri has a long history with Juventus’ black and white. Between 2014 and 2019, he served as the Old Lady’s manager for five years. Allegri demonstrated his worth by winning five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia titles, and two Italian Super Cups during his career. He will now look forward to replicating the same in the 2021-22 season.
AC Milan should be pleased with how their 2020/2021 season concluded. Stefano Pioli deserves all of the credit for Milan’s success this season. A season marked by overachievement can sometimes be attributed to a new player playing considerably better than predicted.
However, that was not the case with Milan, who were incredibly well-drilled and handled team after team in the early months of the season.
There’s no reason why Pioli can’t launch a more prolonged championship push next season and dethrone their city rivals with Champions League financing and the proper additions to the club.
In a move that can only be characterized as interesting, Jose Mourinho has been hired as the new manager of AS Roma. The tremors have died down a little due to the timing of the news, but they’ll resurface once Mourinho gets his hooks into the transfer market. Mourinho was erstwhile the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, where he had two tough years.
With Roma’s fortunes in shambles, Mourinho was recognized as the man who might turn things around. After finishing eighth in Serie A in the 2020-21 season, Mourinho will be under a lot of pressure to produce at Roma. On this Giallorossi team, there is still a lot of work to be done, but Mourinho has some intriguing young players to develop and hopefully not humiliate into darkness.
After a disappointing 2021-22 season in which Arsenal missed out on European football for the first time in 25 years, Mikel Arteta is expected to face more criticism in the following season. Arteta’s time at Arsenal has been mediocre thus far.
In his first season in command Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League, their lowest result in over a decade. He won the FA Cup with which was his first and only victory as coach of the club.
The following season will be his true test, in which failing to qualify for Europe for a second straight season would almost definitely result in his termination. Arteta will be under a lot of strain and will have a lot of expectations for the upcoming 2021-22 season.