The Premier League has seen a huge change of managers for this season, and this has brought a lot of rivalry to the clubs. The addition of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte will be a huge extension to the League, with these three managers dominating some of Europe’s biggest leagues at various points, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus. Now, there will be a huge stretch for these managers after the previous few seasons’ of their new clubs being somewhat underwhelming. With the fierce rivalries this season, pro poker players have been discussing and analysing just how competitive this season is going to be. Discussions about who will win the Premier League this season, whether last season’s winners Leicester are capable of staying in the top four this season with the amount of managerial transitions that have been put in place, and which striker will win the Golden Boot are all on the tips of these stars’ tongues as they analysed the 2016/17 season. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the managerial transfer rivalries that will affect the clubs this season, in terms of their performance and expectations.
Pep Guardiola vs. Jose Mourinho
This season, Manchester home to two of the most well-known and successful managers in the world – Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. The pair have clashed many times, particularly when they were working in Spain at rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, Guardiola and Mourinho classed prior to this, with Mourinho’s stint at Inter Milan. There was plenty of outspoken remarks, plenty of wins and plenty of defeats on both sides of the table. This bitter rivalry is set to continue with fierce clashes as the pair take to their Manchester sides. It’s safe to say that the Manchester Derby will not be one to miss with these two animated, passionate characters at the helm of their teams, as last Saturday’s encounter proved.
Antonio Conte vs. Walter Mazzarri
Whereas the Guardiola/Mourinho rivalry is well known, there is actually a bitter rivalry between Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte and Watford manager Walter Mazzarri which developed during their time in Italy. The Juventus and Napoli managers were once men in arms, until Mazzarri was said to have accused Conte of stealing his formation plans. This spiky affair is one that will be interesting, and as Conte has previously said that neither manager should shake hands, talk or even look at each other, it’ll be interesting to see if they will make amends or continue with their bitter feelings during the Premier League this season.
Jose Mourinho vs. Arsene Wenger
This rivalry is also a well-known one, and both managers have made their feelings very clear towards each other – with even a minor scuffle on the pitch between the former Chelsea man and his Arsenal rival. The feud is set to continue, and there are sure to be even more vicious verbal spats in press conferences throughout the season. The spat began during Mourinho’s first ever season in English football, and even when he left, it continued further afield. Fiery responses and confrontations are a large part of the games between this pair of managers, and even with Mourinho’s move to Manchester United, there’s certain to be a rivalry stretching far out of London.
Liverpool vs. Everton
Although this isn’t necessarily a managerial rivalry, the Liverpool/Everton Merseyside battle is certain to continue for a lifetime. However, Jurgen Klopp has been reported saying that Everton fans are friendly with him, and the rivalry with Everton is ‘less aggressive’ than between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. Although the club rivalry is certain to go on, it may not be as fierce for the managers as it has been in previous years – although the fans are certain to still feel it.
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