With all football fanatics waiting in bated breath for the showcase World Cup in about a month and a half time, the grand tournament promises to be an absolute ripper right throughout. Spain won the last edition in South Africa four years ago and might well retain the coveted trophy at the Marcana. However with Germany arguably having the best possible squad going to Sambaland, hosts Brazil and fierce rivals Argentina can get the share of the spoils. Italy too are on the rise having a great squad at their disposal but the destiny of the Julet Rimet trophy will depend on how the coaches plan their philosophy and draw their tactics with creative imagination on the pitch. So today we present our readers with the top five coaches to look out in the World Cup.
Joachim Loew: My personal bet for the World Cup this time has to be the Germans. Joachim Loew has reputedly insisted that Brazil are the biggest favourites playing at home but this might be the year for Germany. Loew perhaps has the best squad to choose from and the plethora of talent that is available is simply sumptuous. Bastian Schweinstiger and Toni Kroos will marshall the midfield in a 4-4-3 counter attacking setup while Phillip Lahm certainly remains the heart beat of the side. Will Miroslav Klose play in his last World Cup and etch his name in golden words as the highest goalscorer of all time in World Cup history.
Alessandro Sabella: there is absolutely no doubt that Argentina will roar their way in the tournament. The Albiceleste perhaps boast of the best attack in the tournament and with the likes of Messi, Di Maria, Aguero and Higuain at their disposal, Argentina can go all their way to the final. Sabella’s prefers an attacking 4-3-3 setup but their defensive discipline might haunt them well in the early stages of the tournament. Javier Mascherano is expected to marshall the back four but there are concerns over Fernando Gago’s presence in midfield. However there is perhaps one man who simply cannot write the script better at the Marcana. Will this be Lionel Messi’s year?
Cesar Prandelli: The Azzurris qualified for the World in great style winning six of their qualifying matches and drawing four on their way to book tickets for Brazil. Prandelli effectively uses a tactically flexible 4-3-3 formation but it can seamlessly change to a 3-5-2 system and produce great results on the pitch. Once again Andrea Pirlo will be the heart of the team in midfield with the controversial Mario Balotelli or Serie A’s surprise package Torino’s Ciro Immobile given the license to lead the line up front. With Lorenzo Insigne and other great young players combined with experienced ones on their rooster, Italy can pack a punch and are definitely one of favourites this time for the Cup.
Vincent Del Bosque: Spain would certainly start as favourites going into the tournament with the meteoric rise of Atletico Madrid and Real this season, both of them who will contest an all Spanish Champions league final in Lisbon might make the case for the national team a bit too stronger. A proponent of the robust midfield system, which changes on the pitch depending on situations, Vincent Del Bosque would once again have his eye on the trophy. With Barcelona having a disappointing season both domestically and in Europe, it will be interesting to see how the 63 year old Del Bosque fields his staring eleven. Can he retain the cup? Hopefully time will provide an apt answer.
Luiz Felipe Scholari: How could we have ended the list without him! Scholari has certainly the biggest of stages to shine once again but can he lead the Sambas all the way like he did in the Confederations Cup? Brazil certainly have a young squad but Scholari is expected to build the team around Neymar’s strengths but with Oscar, Ramires, David Luiz and Thiago Silva all in good shape, the home team might just propel themselves to the pinnacles of glory in front of the vociferous home faithful.