The new Premier League season has been billed as the battle of the top coaches.
Already blessed with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger, Claudio Ranieri and Slaven Bilic, a number of top coaches such as Manchester United’s José Mourinho, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte have also joined the league.
But they are experiencing some growing pains and some players aren’t taking to their new bosses as they would’ve liked.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart is one such star.
Not a favourite of new boss Guardiola, Hart took a light-hearted dig at his manager after the England goalkeeper bid an emotional farewell to the club in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest to book their spot in this season’s Champions League.
Hart, who is moving on because Guardiola believes Claudio Bravo is the sort of ball-playing goalkeeper he needs, nonetheless completed 100 percent of his passes in the match and when told of the fact, he said: “Wow! Pigs do fly, don’t they?”
Meanwhile, Klopp, who joined Liverpool in October last year, has managed to upset striker Daniel Sturridge by playing him out of position.
Being employed out wide, the 26-year-old is clearly unhappy and says: “Everyone knows where I enjoy playing the most.
“I’m a player who plays on instinct, and in the middle I have clarity on movements and things that I have been doing for years. I am on autopilot there.
“Of course it is more difficult for me to play wide.”
Southampton star Dusan Tadic also admitted earlier in the week that they are struggling to get used to new boss Claude Puel’s formation after the Frenchman took over from Ronald Koeman, who moved to Everton.
Tadic said: “This specific system, players didn’t play so much… and then you need always to learn from that system and this needs time.
“We are still learning things from that system.”
At Manchester United it hasn’t been plain sailing either, with Mourinho and playmaker Juan Mata not exactly seeing eye-to-eye after the the attacker was substituted after coming on as a replacement in their Community Shield match against Leicester City at the start of the new season.