What is an xG Chain Passing Network?

A passing network is the application of social network analysis and the network theory put into football. Each player is essentially a node and the connections between them are the passes. In most cases for scouts and data analysts, they will only have time to analyse the last 3 matches of their opponents. By using …

Marcelo Bielsa’s First Leeds United Starting 11, Where Are They Now?

Marcelo Bielsa has been Leeds United manager for 1,000 days and it has been a real rollercoaster. From collapsing in the second half of the playoff semi final home tie against Derby County to conquering the Championship. He has returned the Peacocks to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years, cementing himself …

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 …

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 …

Premier League Team of the Decade (2000-2010)

Petr Čech The only choice in net is Čech. The Czech international joined Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2004 from Rennes and was an incredible performer for this decade and beyond. From the first minute, Petr showed his class. In his first season he kept 25 clean sheets, conceded 15, conceded nine away from home and helped …

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