The unpredictable nature of Europe belies a steady hand. So, La Liga or the Champions League? Ernesto Valverde's nature may only be suited for one.
We know his sides can entertain. We know they can score and will get scored on. Now, we're seeing that the 59-year-old manager can get results on a grander stage as well.
Kevin de Bruyne criticized how Roberto Martinez because Belgium rely too much on individual talent. And lacking a focus on tactics, they will always have difficulties against organized, technical sides like Mexico.
Anyone as successful and driven as Monchi will want to make decisions on his own terms. His track record presents a reversal on the traditional problem of a club obsessed with continental success at the expense of domestic play.
Domenico Tedesco is this season's revelation, with Schalke currently sitting second place in the Bundesliga table. His story is one of competence and surprise.