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Published on June 26th, 2017 | by Vieri Capretta

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Zizou v Conte v Mourinho: Who is the best of the best in coaching?

Five top coaches, five top resumes, and five top reputations but only one can be number one says Vieri Capretta

It is a fascinating mental exercise to decide who the best coach in the world of football is, and one that several have tried to do. Recently, FourFourTwo magazine have given the prize for the best coach in the world to Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, after his masterpiece in his first Premier League season, ahead of Zinedine Zidane, Massimiliano Allegri, Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho. A rational top five, although I would personally change things around a little bit. The biggest factor to keep in mind is the results achieved compared to how good the squad is deemed to be.

5) Jose Mourinho – Manchester United

The Special One has won the Europa League with Manchester United, and that’s great, but after all the money spent last season, more will be expected from him. Three titles in one season, nonetheless, is a decent tally, especially considering where Manchester United were coming from.

4) Massimiliano Allegri – Juventus

The Italian coach has won three consecutive Serie A titles (although inheriting Conte’s machine) and has reached two Champions League finals. But not winning for Juventus is not as ‘good’ as not winning for Atletico Madrid. Losing once in the Champions League final seemed ok, twice is a problem. Something is missing: winning is the main thing.

3) Antonio Conte – Chelsea

Conte’s Premier League victory for Chelsea is one to remember: unexpected, dominating, solid. Nobody would have said it, having picked up a squad destroyed from the previous year. Yet Conte dominated and won the title. Round of applause. But let’s not forget that more or less the same squad had won the title only two seasons before, under Mourinho. And Conte’s ability to mould a great Italy team from one of the worst Italian generations of talents at last year’s Euro 2016 was amazing, but only lead to a quarter final.

What’s more, Chelsea had no grueling European competition. Conte did a unique job with Juventus but was unable to impress in the Champions League or the Europa League. Something is missing for him.

2) Diego Simeone – Atletico Madrid

Two Champions League finals in three years with Atletico Madrid are some sort of miracle, on top of considering the Argentinean lifted the Liga trophy in 2014. It’s an incredible feat to put together a team ready to give their all in every single match. Although it was not a tip-top year just gone for Atletico Madrid, the recent achievements remain incredible ones.

1) Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid

In first place, there has to be Zidane. Yes, he coaches an incredibly talented team. Let’s not forget Alvaro Morata, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez on the bench or out for much of the season. But winning the Champions League for two seasons in a row had never, ever, happened. But there was the Liga title win too this season. Almost perfection. And in the 18-months in charge for Zizou, it is fair to say that Los Blancos have improved in their playing style, making it increasingly more entertaining and victorious. The best in the world.

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