Why Barcelona Should Let Lionel Messi Leave

Joan Laporta has been voted as FC Barcelona’s new president after winning 54% of the votes in an election where only 55,611 of the 109,531 eligible members voted. This is his second reign, with his first between 2003 and 2010 where the club won two Champions League, four La Liga titles and a Copa Del …

Liverpool’s Struggles Without Virgil Van Dijk

Football is complex and football teams are built on intricate systems. This means when a club loses a star player, like Liverpool with Virgil Van Dijk, the effect this has isn’t just localized to their position, it effects the whole side. Van Dijk is undoubtedly an elite defender and would be a huge loss for …

How Thomas Tuchel Is Succeeding at Chelsea

On the 25th of January, Chelsea announced they had parted ways with club icon Frank Lampard as manager and a day later Thomas Tuchel was the new man in charge. The German is the 14th manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club 17 and a half years ago. Despite being sacked from PSG in December, …

What Went Wrong for Lampard At Chelsea?

The 2020/21 Premier League season has taught us to expect the unexpected. Southampton have been top of the table despite their 9-0 loss last season, the media have expected Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United to win every game this season, Everton and Aston Villa both won their first four matches, Spurs won 6-1 at Old Trafford …

Klopp v Guardiola: Gegenpressing v Possession, the tactical battle

On the 7th of October 2018, Man City drew 0-0 at Anfield. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement around the match for attacking football, but it did disappoint. After this game, there were claims Pep Guardiola changed his approach and tactics to be more conservative which is something he doesn’t do. This suggests …

What is an xG Chain?

The metric xG is predominantly used for strikers to measure how good they are. xA is used to credit creative players with the quality of their key passes. But what about the pass leading to the assist, the pre-assist? And the pre-pre-assist? And so on, do they not deserve credit for xG? By looking at …

Marcelo Bielsa’s 3-3-1-3

The Argentinian is hailed as one of the best coaches. His attention to detail and philosophy for attacking possession-based football has also made him one of the most influential people in football history. Managers from Pep Guardiola and Jorge Sampaoli to Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone have all spoke about the huge influence the former …

How Robert Lewandowski Became the Best Player in the World

Since Hansi-Dieter Flick took over at Bayern in November 2019 they have looked unstoppable. In 64 matches, Die Roten have won 54, drawing six and losing just four times. As well as winning an historic treble, Flick has got Robert Lewandowski firing on all cylinders. In 2019/20, the Polish international scored a career best 34 …

Leicester City Vs Everton Preview

The two top goal scorers in the league this season go head-to-head. Leicester City host Everton but the main focus will be on Jamie Vardy vs Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Going into this match, Vardy has 14 direct goal involvements meaning he is responsible for 58% of Leicester’s goals compared to Calvert-Lewin’s 11 being 52% of Everton’s …

Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hostspur

José Mourinho has had the last laugh over his former club as his Tottenham hit Ole Gunnar Solskjӕr’s side for six. The Red Devils conceded six for the third time in Premier League history and the first since the 6-1 home loss to Roberto Mancini’s rampant Manchester City side in 2011. However, as bad as …

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