Carlo Ancelotti's present day role is turning big clubs with big ambitions into European champions, which makes judging his year to year success relatively straightforward. Yet there is more under the surface.
Max Allegri begins with an appreciation for the defensive structure of a 4-4-2 before defining the qualities he envisions in specific midfield roles with the #4 (deep lying playmaker), #8 (box to box midfielder), and #10 (attacking midfielder).
Will Monchi build a Spanish side in Italy, or shape his transfer policies for Serie A? Will he move forward with Luciano Spalletti as his manager?
Things have been difficult for the Netherlands since the 2014 World Cup, but at least their side has a pathway to once again be at the forefront of modern soccer, in whatever form of pressing, possession, or counterattacking it takes.
Barça have become more like Real Madrid over the years because occupying the moral high ground doesn't feel as good as winning titles. This is what Piqué is bristling against, when he periodically plants a couple jabs into Madrid's ribs.