Former Manchester United skipper Gary Neville has made a bold comparison between Thomas Tuchel and the elite managers in the Premier League. according to the former England international Thomas Tuchel, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Antonio Conte have one thing in common that is winning.
Thomas Tuchel won the best coach in the World last season after guarding Chelsea to their second Champions League triumph. He has won three trophies after 16 months in charge of the West London Club.
This season despite losing to consecutive finals to Liverpool, he was able to win the FIFA Club World Cup with Chelsea and also help them place third in the Premier League after off-field issues like the sanction and the sales of Chelsea.
What did Gary Neville say?
Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, He said: “Tuchel, Conte, Klopp, and Guardiola – they are animals of managers these four. They win trophies all the time. They stand on that touchline and can eat you up and eat you alive almost with their presence and aura. The rest of them have got a long way to get to that.”
Meanwhile, Gary Neville claims Manchester United’s new managers Erik Ten Hag and Mikel Arteta will find it difficult to Challenge these elite managers for the top four positions.
The former Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag will take over from Manchester United interim coach Ralf Rangnick after winning the Eredivisie with Ajax this season. the 52 years old have a football philosophy similar to that of Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel, and Jurgen Klopp. He was one of the sought-after coaches in Europe.
However, The former Manchester United captain believes that it will take time before the Dutchman can step his authority in the Premier League and claims he finds it difficult to challenge the top four clubs.
Neville also insisted that Mikel Arteta is also facing a similar fate after Arsenal missed out on a top-four finish despite beating Everton 5-1 in the final Premier League game.
He added: “He has got a big job.
“Expectations for next season, with the four managers and four clubs that are in front of him at the moment, won’t be too high. Yes, United will want to break into the top four but there will be time and there will be patience.
“It is a big challenge for the likes of Arteta and Ten Hag.
“It has been a desperate season and Erik Ten Hag has seen a glimpse of what the rest of us have seen all the way through.
“I don’t think any United fans wanted to watch a United game in the last few weeks – we have almost wanted the season to end immediately and switch our attention to the summer and see how a new manager can come in with optimism.
“It has gone from 12 months ago, when United was preparing for a Europa League final and finishing second above Liverpool, to where we are today. I can’t explain it.
“Ten Hag needs time to settle into the club and get used to the club. It is a huge football club. The media over here, the expectation… United is always the story. People either want to watch United win or they want to watch them lose, it is a fact of life.
“They will always be the story even in a bad season like this because there is an element of wanting to watch a disaster – a football disaster – happening before your eyes.
“The season is done with and it needs putting to bed very quickly. It has been an awful season on and off the pitch.”