As Liverpool and City build upon last season's foundation to become an even more extreme version of what brought them success, the rest of the Premier League is caught in the middle in more ways than one.
There are only the basic principles: make mistakes now. Learn and pay for them, but not so much. Understand how to handle supporters and the media. And ultimately, return to the league they once defined.
Simone Inzaghi, more well known at the time as the younger brother of Filippo Inzaghi, implemented a unique 5-3-1-1 formation with an emphasis on direct, counter attacking play that takes advantage of his squad's strengths.
Real Madrid blend together what's real and what's legend. Hell, they use it to their advantage.
It wasn't just about winning trophies, but how they were won. Andres Iniesta brought the control, Fernando Torres the goal.