LN – The DT dance in Europe: from Barcelona’s dream to repatriate Guardiola to the movements and rumors about Zidane, Pochettino, Pirlo, Conte, Allegri and Inzaghi

The end of a new football season in Europe, which officially culminates this Saturday with the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, leaves several coaches free or close to being substituted. That is why several clubs are already beginning to plan for the future. And, in that sense, not only is the player market coveted, but also that of managers.

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The most resonant case is that of Zinedine Zidane, who left Real Madrid. The Frenchman will not continue in the merengue team after a season in which he failed to win titles and after enduring a good deal of criticism towards his management.

Although Zizou had made this determination, and that the Spanish media had communicated it for weeks, just this Thursday Real Madrid issued the official statement where it stands out: “It is now time to respect your decision and to show our appreciation for his professionalism, dedication and passion in all these years, and for what his figure represents for Real Madrid ”.

His possible successors include the names of the Italian Antonio Conte, the former striker Raul Gonzalez and even Mauricio Pochettino, who does not know if he will continue in Paris Saint Germain.

Zidane ended his second cycle at the helm of Real Madrid

Zidane ended his second cycle at the helm of Real Madrid

Free, Zidane’s future is unknown. Although being one of the most sought-after coaches, offers will not be lacking. The most daring say they have four cards on the table: take a sabbatical, replace Mauricio Pochettino in the PSG or take over the selected from France, after the Eurocup.

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Beyond French, the cases are various, and with brilliant names. Here, the one by one of the European football coaches dance.

Pep Guardiola

A last Dance. That is what the president of Barcelona, ​​Joan, dreams of Laporta, which will do its best to reunite Lionel Messi with Josep Guardiola, the most successful coach in the history of the Blaugrana club. With a plus: the imminent arrival of Sergio Agüero.

According to the sports newspaper Sport, the manager considers Pep to be the best option to replace Ronald Koeman and to carry out the football re-foundation of a club that once again lost the Champions League or the Spanish League. This is the only way to understand the Dutchman’s request for patience before his separation.

Guardiola, what last November he renewed his contract with Manchester City until June 2023Avoid talking about your future by all means. It happens that he does not want to lose focus on the maximum objective: the final of the Champions League against Chelsea, scheduled for this Saturday.

Guardiola will look for his first Champíons in 10 years this Saturday

Guardiola will look for his first Champíons in 10 years this Saturday (LINDSEY PARNABY /)

In any case, rumors are growing in England that Pep could leave City in the event of becoming European champion., considering that the great mission for which he was hired was fulfilled. It is not something implausible. From the 50-year-old DT’s environment, they implied in private talks that it is not in their plans to extend his stage on English soil once he achieves the goal of lifting the most important cup on the continent at club level.

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Laporta, Guardiola and Messi have already met in Barcelona. It was in 2008, when the president entrusted him with the first team after the coach had just a very good season at the helm of Barcelona B. Together, they staged a brilliant cycle, in which the club won a sextet historical in the 2008/09 season, with a team that will be remembered forever. His Barcelona, ​​whom he managed for four years, dominated the Spanish League, in addition to winning two Champions League and two Club World Cups.

In case it is impossible to repatriate Pep for the next season, nothing could prevent it for the 2022/2023 campaign. In fact, that could also be Messi’s last cycle with the Barcelona shirt (Laporta is excited about renewing the link with the idol for two years), before the Rosario star begins his experience in MLS, as he is supposed to will then.

Mauricio Pochettino

Will pochettino continue to lead PSG?

Will pochettino continue to lead PSG? (FRED TANNEAU / AFP /)

The auspicious start of the Rosario coach at the helm of Paris Saint Germain arrived at the end of the season with a bittersweet taste on the palate. Happens that the team was betting on winning the Champions League for the first time, or at least repeating the title in Ligue 1, Y in both competitions he was left empty-handed (He finished second in the local tournament after winning 7 of the last 9 leagues and fell in the semi-finals of the Champions League with Manchester City). Yes he was able to obtain the least valued competition in the previous one: the French Cup.

Apart from sports, in France they comment that the relationship between Pochettino and Leonardo, the sports director of PSG, is not good, and that that would trigger the separation of DT, who reappears in the plans of Real Madrid and Tottenham, where he left two seasons ago.Jose Mourinho

The one who knew how to be, from the Real Madrid bench, Guardiola’s archrival during Barcelona’s golden age will seek to impose all its imprint on a very popular club and little winner: Rome.

Jose Mourinho

The team from the Italian capital reached the semifinals of the Europa League, where they were eliminated by Manchester United. However, he had already announced a few weeks ago that Paulo fonseca he would not continue in his position. The subsequent announcement was an unexpected bombshell: The Special One. After a discreet passage through Tottenham, the Portuguese will add to his experiences that of leading a team that wants to make noise on a continental level.

Antonio Conte

Not even winning the first Inter Scudetto in 11 years shielded Antonio Conte

Not even winning the first Inter Scudetto in 11 years shielded Antonio Conte

Without a doubt it was the most surprising disassociation. After winning the Scudetto with Inter and put an end to 9 consecutive Juventus titles, the club announced last Wednesday the departure of Antonio Conte. The decision, by mutual agreement, never ceases to surprise. In its second season at the nerazzurri, Conte did an excellent campaign. However, the fragile performance in the Champions League did not go down well (He finished last in Group B and couldn’t even get into the Europa League).

While Conte’s name appears among the candidates to succeed Zidane at Real Madrid, at Inter the spotlight is on his replacement. Everything indicated that it could be Maurizio Sarri. But in the last hours the name of Simone Inzaghi came up, that he had everything arranged with Lazio to renew the bond and in 24 hours he changed his decision and left.

Simone inzaghi

Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper cover

The cover of the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper this Friday. (capture/)

Inzaghi had arranged his renewal with Lazio, but within 24 hours he left. He had assumed as DT in 2016 and since then registered a 53.39% efficiency of the points in play, After 251 games, it added 134 wins and 45 draws, while it suffered 72 defeats. According La Gazzetta dello Sport, Simone Inzaghi “definitively broke” this Thursday with Lazio, despite having given an oral agreement on Wednesday.

The Italian media assume that Inzaghi will replace Conte at Inter, the club that has Lautaro Martínez as a figure and cut a streak of 9 consecutive Juventus titles.

Andrea Pirlo and Massimiliano Allegri

With Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus expected more from Pirlo, who could not achieve the club's tenth consecutive Scudetto

With Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus expected more from Pirlo, who could not achieve the club’s tenth consecutive Scudetto (Marco BERTORELLO / AFP /)

Used to being a champion, the fact of not reaching the tenth title in a row was taken as a great frustration at Juventus, which also stayed out of the Champions League in the round of 16 and could only settle for the Italian Cup. In Seria A he finished in fourth place and was very close to being left out of the 2021-22 Champions League.

Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo, in an image from the past that can be reissued.

Andrea Pirlo, newcomer as a coach, failed to convince the Vecchia Signora leadership and was fired: the club moved the chips quickly to go in search of Massimiliano Allegri, who was already champion as coach of the Juve. He has already been announced as Pirlo’s successor. In his first Bianconera stage, he won 11 titles (5 Serie A, 4 Coppas Italia and 2 Italian Supercoppas) and reached two Champions League finals.

Gennaro Gattuso

Gattuso changed Naples for Florence

Gattuso changed Naples for Florence

Napoli’s frustration at not having been able to get into the Champions League put an end to the cycle of the combative ex-midfielder, who in the blink of an eye he resolved his future and signed with Fiorentina.

In the celestial club they are enthusiastic about Luciano Spalletti, inactive since he left Inter in mid-2019, or with the return of Maurizio Sarri.

Julian Nagelsmann

At 33, Julian Nagelsmann will have the great challenge of leading Bayern Munich

At the age of 33, Julian Nagelsmann will have the great challenge of leading Bayern Munich (Odd ANDERSEN /)

The 33-year-old coach, who has just revolutionized Leipzig, will have the difficult task of succeeding Hansi Flick at the ever-ambitious Bayern Munich. Flick, in turn, will be the new coach of the German team after the imminent Eurocup, where Joachim Low will say goodbye.

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It will be a big challenge for Nagelsmann, because he will succeed a man who won seven titles in two seasons, but his auspicious work at Leipzip positions him as a technician with a great future.

Edin terzic

Your case is very striking. He had taken over as coach of Borussia Dortmund last December, in replacement of Lucien Favre. However, now he will run away and hand over his position to Marco Rose. But far from emigrating, will continue in the club as a member of Rose’s coaching staff, who tops Borussia Monchengladbach.

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at London's Emirates Stadium on February 21, 2021

Arsenal’s Spanish coach Mikel Arteta makes gestures on the touchline. Will he continue at Arsenal? (John Walton / POOL / AFP /)

The Arsenal manager is in the crosshairs. The London side finished eighth in the Premier League, which marginalized him from the next European competitions. That malaise could cause the ejection of the Spanish coach.

Although his separation is not confirmed, fans of the Gunner club they are excited about the arrival of an old idol: the Frenchman Thierry Henry.

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