Manchester United move proves Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel are the envy of every team in Europe – Anita Abayomi

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Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United? This cannot be good for the rest of the Premier League.

The gegenpressing maestro is understood to be set to take on an interim role at United and I can’t say I’m thrilled about it.

German coaches have set the standard in the Premier League. First there was Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, then Thomas Tuchel came in and raised the bar and now Manchester United want a slice of the pie.

It feels a bit weird as champions of Europe to actually be worried about what a side currently 12 points behind us in the league are up to, but do we have cause to be concerned?



(BILD OUT) Ralf Rangnick looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Dinamo Kiev at Allianz Arena on September 29, 2021 in Munich, Germany
Ralf Rangnick is set to join Manchester United as their interim manager

On paper, no. However, when Rangnick’s time as interim boss comes to an end and he takes a seat in the boardroom as one of the club’s consultants, then we should perhaps be a little more worried.

Tuchel has openly spoken about Rangnick and the impact he has had on his career on a number of occasions. During his pre-match press conference earlier this week, he was asked about the appointment of the German at Old Trafford and he wasn’t shy in lauding the man he owes his coaching philosophy to.

“He helped me a lot because he was my coach and then he was one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching so he had a huge influence on all of us at this time. He showed us it’s possible to defend everybody in a zone.”

Rangnick created the gegenpressing blueprint that Tuchel has made his own.

United and Chelsea have shared some fierce battles down the years and no matter how strong their rivalry may be, it can’t be denied that if Rangnick is appointed United boss, the two clubs will share a unique bond given their respective managers.

As the links grow stronger, United fans are growing more and more excited at the prospect of their team playing an exciting brand of football. The question I have is whether their team will be able to handle the demands of counter-pressing football.

Each Rangnick understudy has their own version of the gegenpressing tactic, however, the intensity and the rigours of the system remain the same, and Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates may well be in for a rude awakening.

The Portuguese forward isn’t exactly renowned for his high work rate off the ball, and it’ll be interesting to see how Rangnick will handle this matter upon his appointment.

In Tuchel’s system, every single forward is tasked with pressing. Likewise with Klopp at Liverpool. Can United emulate this regime successfully? Or are they taking a blueprint that has worked for other clubs without actually assessing how this would work?

All I know is Chelsea are clearly doing something right for the ‘great’ Manchester United to want to copy them.

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Source by Football London

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