Building a Team for Kylian Mbappé

This summer has seen Real Madrid submit multiple bids for Kylian Mbappé. The last one was €220 million with a further €10 million in add-ons. This is an insane amount of money especially when you consider he has entered the last year of his contract. With a bid worth around £190 million, could you build …

Liverpool’s Tactical Changes [Part 2]

In the early parts of the 2021/22 season, Jürgen Klopp seems to have changed Liverpool’s system. He’s ditched the 4-3-3 for a new look 4-2-4. In previous seasons, the Reds would play a 4-3-3 that would turn into a 3-4-3 when attacking. The fullbacks would press up high and the defensive midfielder, often Fabinho, would …

Why Liverpool Needed to Change Tactically [Part 1]

Last season was a clear down season for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Despite an unusual number of injuries, possibly due to a lack of squad rotation in the previous years, the decline in performances for the 2020/21 season seemed inevitable. Before the coronavirus break during the 2019/20 season, Liverpool were flying. In 29 matches, they had …

Manchester United 5-1 Leeds United: Red Devils Humble Peacocks

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side opened their Premier League campaign with an emphatic victory over their biggest rivals. Bruno Fernandes’s hat-trick and Paul Pogba’s four assists made the difference as the hosts in this battle of the War of the Roses. The match came into life in the second half as the home side scored four …

Bristol City 1-1 Blackpool: The Seasiders Leave It Late

Despite having their backs against the wall for large parts of the game, Neil Critchley’s side earned a point late in the match. Shayne Lavery’s 93rd-minute equalizer rescued a 1-1 draw in Blackpool’s first match back in the Championship. Nigel Pearson’s side took the lead just before half-time through Chris Martin. The former Derby County …

Signings To Push Leeds United into Europe

Leeds United are looking to build upon a successful first season in the Premier League. Following a 16-year absence from the English top-flight, Marcelo Bielsa guided the Yorkshire club to ninth. Some have tipted the club to qualify for European football. But for that to happen, the Peacocks will have to strengthen the squad. Here …

Football Isn’t Coming Home…Yet

Last night saw England lose to Italy on penalties in the UEFA European Football Championship (Euros) final. The Three Lions came agonisingly close to winning their first Euros but once again, the penalty shootout didn’t favour England. However, despite coming away empty handed, Gareth Southgate’s men can be proud of themselves. They got to England’s …

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 …

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