With the 2011 year now definitely over, it’s time to look back and highlight the most impressive managerial performances after doing the same with players. The 5 choices were mostly based on tactics used in a game and not necessarily on other parameters such as results. Due to the large number of games played during the year, the eligibility was restricted to derbies (and high pressure games) or games with tactics that showed the manager’s knowledge and ability to apply the same to influence a game. Real Madrid 1-3 FC Barcelona (Pep Guardiola) The most anticipated game in Spain and with an estimated 750 million viewers from around the world, El Clasico did not disappoint. In all fairness, both managers got their tactics spot on. José Mourinho chose to go for all three points (by playing a 4-2-3-1 as opposed to the conservative 4-3-3 that the Special one used in the Copa Del Rey final) which, in retrospect, can be regarded […]