Milan's rebuild follows an ideal theoretical blueprint: a foundation built from the youth academy (Abate, De Sciglio, Donnarumma, Locatelli), finding value in transfer windows (Suso, Bonaventura, Lapadula), sprinkled with the occasional high priced signing (Carlos Bacca).
Jose Mourinho has never walked into a club and not provided an immediate boost. This United job has been different and he needs to make it work, at least for a while, as a kind of cosmic résumé-bolstering exercise.
Atleti are seemingly fighting three battles this season: against their opponents, against success and expectations, and against a stylistic evolution. On the other side of town, Real Madrid are discovering yet new ways they can win.
As other South American countries try to find short-term solutions, Uruguay have discovered success through Oscar Tabarez's steady hand, defensive and midfield intensity, and match winning moments that can only be provided by Luis Suarez's combative instincts.
Fernando Santos has emphasized his simple fundamentals of a strong defense and a midfield press that takes advantage of the youth in that position. Santos side not only won their first senior international trophy last summer but also built the foundation for success at 2018 and 2020.