Why failing to qualify for a transition team for Europe could be a blessing.
European qualification in many football leagues and cultures is considered to be one of the more realistic goals at the beginning of a season. While the championship title is to be won by an elusive team, six to seven teams can compete in European competitions, namely the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. The fans of any team with a decent top 10 roster expect their teams to be in the mix to achieve the stated goal.
The traditional "top" teams are naturally expected to display this consistency in every season they find themselves in. This expectation and excitement turn into anger and criticism when their respective teams fail to score the necessary points in the league to qualify for European qualification. The fans generally ask the club and the players what they have every right to do.
Well, to be fair and brutally honest about situations like this – if your team hasn't even managed to get into the top 7 in the league, there is a chance that something is clearly going wrong with your club, whether it is it is about aging players, an unstable system, etc. or whether it is a transition from .
We as modern football fans do not understand that change is inevitable. One cannot expect a football team to always be at the top as star players and managers can lose their lead after a certain amount of time on a team and when they do they are usually fired or in some cases management given a new group of Players in the form of promising youngsters and less proven signings.
These newcomers will obviously need time to familiarize themselves with the ethos and system. A manager can only incorporate these factors into the new players if they give them playing time. Once given game time, some players can sprint out of the box while others get stuck in limbo. The task is not to work on them as individuals, but to bring them together into a kind of collective machinery in which everything happens at the required pace.
The entire transition process is exhausting, irritating, boring and yet exciting and fascinating and a worthwhile thing to watch as a fan. Unpredictability and instability are key characteristics of a team trying to improve themselves but unable to capture a common wavelength. " Development is unstable" – Jürgen Klopp (during the 16/17 season amid mixed results in the Premier League after Sadio Manes' departure for AFCON).
While we are talking about the transition, it would be ignorant to dwell on the fact that the world's largest football institutions are going through this phase. May it be the heavyweights from La Liga or the teams from London.
You were in the 18/19 season with a fragile defense and a shaky goalkeeper in the form of Thibaut in disarray Courtois, which ultimately led to an embarrassing second leg for Ajax in the UCL round of 16. They brought Zidane back and projected a letter of intent and were now looking at the same players. The goalkeeper finished the league with more than 18 goals against, the youths run the show and are now starting to resemble their former selves. All because the team was facing an exit from UCL for the first time in 4 years, which was a massive reality check for the board, and so came back to the old manager and the old process and the trust in said manager and the process ultimately led to La Liga fame for the club after many years.
While there is talk of changing teams and the impact the lack of European football has on such teams, the most recent examples from Liverpool and Chelsea are the best reference point.
Season 15/16 Chelsea had a terrible time and was 10th on the table; Liverpool were no better as they were only two places above them (a season in which they lost two League Cup and Europa League finals under Klopp). Thus, both teams had not qualified for Europe for the next season, ie 16/17.
They signed an enigmatic manager in the form of Antonio Conte along with N & # 39; golo Kante of Leicester that summer David Luiz returned from PSG to Stamford Bridge and Mitchy Batshuayi was sold for € 40 million (€ 33.2 million) Million pounds). So the new coach had a rejuvenated and strong team to work with and the focus was clearly on playing well in the league again as there was no pressure to build a team for Europe. Conte revolutionized the style of play at the London club by playing on the back in the Premier League 3!
The result was a proactive 3-4-3 formation that resulted in a Hawthorn title win on May 13th in May 2017, one of the best comeback stories in league history. They achieved something so great, and they looked good doing it!
You had already suffered a European heartache in Basel that summer and lost the Europa League final against Unai Emerys Sevilla. It was obvious that they had found a jewel in Jürgen Klopp. The question now was whether he could include the players he needed to do the club well in the league and the other national competitions.
The board supported the manager and Liverpool signed such as Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Grujic and perhaps the most important of them all, Sadio Mane from Southampton. The recruitment had been decent, and Klopp found a number of players to work with and they did just that. Liverpool prevailed against Barcelona at Wembley last season and there were signs of good things.
The season started with a fantastic encounter in the Emirates, in which Liverpool won 4-3, but then Burnley lost 2-0 despite 80% of the ball. It was going to be such a season for Liverpool. Mane, Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana turned out to be the players who were able to seal the Champions League qualification for Liverpool.
There were brilliant days like the 2-1 away win at Stamford Bridge and there were bad days when Liverpool were on the pitch losing a 4-3 result at Bournemouth. There were massive defensive weaknesses for Liverpool and the opportunity to fight for the title became too great for them this season.
They fought early in 2017 which meant there was a realistic expectation of somehow qualifying for the Champions League for 17/18. Liverpool achieved this goal by beating Middlesborough on the final day and holding 4th place one point above the Gunners.
The fans, the players and the board showed continued confidence in Klopp's trial ( signed Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Robertson and Van Dijk in a growing phase for the club ) that ultimately led to the Club reached the 17/18 UCL final.  You did better and achieved 18/19 European successes. And obviously the 30-year wait for the league title was over in the 19/20 season when they won the Premier League by a mile. All because they trusted the process and were not prevented from not playing in Europe in one season 4 years ago!
What such a team obviously needs is a board. It supports it financially as it is not possible to take part in European competitions. This means less financial income from sponsors, broadcasters, social media, and even the Premier League (funds that come in based on standings).
What role do the fans play? all this?
The answer is: just be loyal to your respective teams, buy into the process and be attentive to it. Observe the changes, the style of play and criticize constructively, but do not abuse your team, management or other fans who do not share the same feeling on any platform. Remember, good things happen to those who wait.
So don't panic, don't lose your trust and be patient with your team, even if they haven't qualified for European competitions or if they don't do well in them. You never know, any of the stories above could be your club's next story. In addition, both the 20/21 Champions League and Europa League could bring some big surprises.