A self-confessed pupil of Fabio Capello, Luigi Cagni, Luciano Spalletti but particularly Zdenek Zeman’s methods, Eusebio Di Francesco is a firm believer in his all-attacking 4-3-3 formation. The system enabled Sassuolo to enjoy a maiden promotion to Serie A in 2013, while bringing out the best in young attacking talent such as Domenico Berardi and Richmond Boakye.
Di Francesco was sacked by the club in January 2014, only to be re-appointed little over a month later. His second stint in charge of the side bore the lessons of his ill-fated time at Lecce in the top flight and his first spell with Sassuolo. Ensuring Serie A survival twice was an achievement, but getting sixth place and qualifying for Europe made history.
Di Francesco extended his Sassuolo contract in 2016 but couldn’t resist the call from Roma last summer, replacing Luciano Spalletti. The Italian, of course, won the Scudetto in his playing days with the Giallorossi in 2001.
In his first season he led the Giallorossi to the Champions League semi-final with a comeback win over Barcelona, where they lost 7-6 to Liverpool on aggregate in a crazy, entertaining tie.