Christian Eriksen is as close to an old school No. 10 as there is in the modern game. The differentiating characteristic that allows him (and other playmakers of his mold) to thrive in 2017 is the versatility and mobility off the ball.
Leipzig may be too young to have achieved a lifestyle status, but they are a philosophy - one that either represents the future of the global game or another example of the relationship between fans and supporters divided by spreadsheets and finances.
Antonio Conte has overachieved in his first season at Chelsea, but there remains doubts to how far he can take his sides in Europe. This is specifically aimed at whether a three defender backline is as effective in the Champions League as it is domestically.
Whether years from now Michael Carrick becomes a footnote or grows in history, he represented a moment and an ideal for a specific playing style. But eras go as quickly as they come.
The only factor preventing Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Mourinho from winning every trophy is the entire world. Unseen forces accentuate any storyline. Referee conspiracies are not a bug, but a feature.