Diego Maradona’s best coach ever

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Most managers wanted the chance to coach Diego Maradona, but only a few got that honor.

Some of the greats of all time got to try to handle the Argentine, many of whom found a way to turn his genius into silver.

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Let’s take a look at some of the best.

Diego Maradona and Udo Lattek at FC Barcelona. (1982) pic.twitter.com/6ArbC5UzGG

– Old Days Football (@OldDaysFootball) July 28, 2017

Managers are not much more successful than the great Udo Lattek, who dominated in Germany and met Maradona in Barcelona in 1982.

An elite coach and a superstar talent, Lattek and Maradona should definitely have done fantastic things in Barcelona, ​​but for some reason it did not work.

Lattek was replaced in 1983 and returned to Germany, where he continued to win Bundesliga titles. He retired with eight, as well as European cups with Bayern Munich, Gladbach and Barcelona.

Barcelona’s Bernd Schuster, Cesar Luis Menotti and Diego Maradona, 1983/84. (Photo: Image) pic.twitter.com/Lu8npby9oF

– A Football Archive * (@FootballArchive) December 14, 2019

The man who was brought in to replace Lattek in Barcelona, ​​Cesar Luis Menotti, was commissioned to get the best out of Maradona in 1983/84, and his return from the Copa del Rey, Copa de la Liga and Supercopa suggests that it worked,

Maradona actually knew all about Menotti at the time because it was under him that he made his debut in Argentina in 1977 at the age of 17.

The boss controversially left Maradona out of his squad for the 1978 World Cup, but his decision was justified as Argentina continued to lift the trophy.

Venables received an order to sell Maradona / Stu Forster / GettyImages

At the end of Maradona’s period in Barcelona, ​​we have Terry Venables, who supervised the Argentine’s departure from Camp Nou just a few weeks into his reign.

Venables would continue to win La Liga in 1984/85, but the vast majority of his career was spent in England, where the respect he received from the players was not always shared by the fans.

He spent time with lots of teams, including both Tottenham and England, and although he failed to match his title triumph in Barcelona, ​​he is still one of English football’s most respected coaches.

Bianchi had many successes with Maradona / Etsuo Hara / GettyImages

Known as the man behind Maradona’s Napoli, Ottavio Bianchi’s career is synonymous with the diminutive Argentine.

He led Napoli to their first Serie A title in 1987 and also added the Coppa Italia for good, and before his time in Naples was over, he would add the UEFA Cup to his trophy cabinet.

Bianchi then continued with reasonable success with Roma, before returning to Napoli shortly after Maradona’s departure.

Bilardo helped bring out the best in Maradona / Etsuo Hara / GettyImages

Maradona was apparently the star of Argentina’s victory in honor of the 1986 World Cup, but Carlos Bilardo was the mastermind behind it.

Bilardo sent shock waves around Europe with their perfect use of the 3-5-2 formation, which gave Maradona infinite freedom and zero responsibility. It was during Bilardo that Maradona really exploded.

The boss also led Argentina to the 1990 World Cup final, despite Maradona battling a debilitating injury throughout the tournament.

Alfio Basile gives Diego Maradona a statement pic.twitter.com/cVDZHyW6DS

– The League Magazine (@Theleaguemag) June 14, 2014

Maradona worked with the legendary Argentine Alfio Basile towards the end of his career with his national team.

Their time together was not fantastic – the 1994 World Cup ended in shame for Maradona – but it did not hurt Basile’s legacy as one of the top coaches in the country’s history.

After delivering a famous Supercopa Sudamerica with Racing Club in 1988, he won the Copa America twice with Argentina, before winning five cups in two years with Boca Juniors.

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