How did they think he was going to succeed there?
He's probably a great interview. He's very astute about the game, and is one of the new generation of managers who is really dialed into the data and tries to apply it in novel ways. His implementation is suspect, especially in a physical league like the EPL though. He probably needs more seasoning, and should have stayed at Porto a season or two longer.
High pressure systems like AVB's are going to be more prevalent in the coming years, but there will always be a place for big, physical teams who defend with a deep line and play on the break. For high pressure systems to really work, you need ball retention and team pressing from front to back. It's a difficult system to sell to the players (especially attackers), as so much of their energy without the ball is spent closing down their man.
This post was edited on 11/20 at 11:42 am