How can two teams searching for continuity feel so different? Even with Ernesto Valverde more successful from a trophy standpoint last season, his signing feels like an existential acceptance that Messi must carry the team.
In the end, the most important aspect of style is having one, to look like you're trying to do something a specific way, and succeeding. Liverpool and Atleti had styles in their UCL matches this week against Bayern and Juventus.
That Gasperini is finding success at this relatively late age shows there are foundational truths of the game, about pressure and fitness, regardless of the current tactical moment.
How does Maurizio Sarri recover from this? It was the heaviest defeat for Chelsea in 28 years and they looked lost as a team.
Maurizio Sarri, perhaps too successful too early in the season, is a victim of his own success and expectations.