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 …

The Fit & Proper Persons Test

In 1981 the English Football Association (FA) got rid of rule 34. Rule 34 stated that no director or owner of a football could be payed a salary of dividend for their custodian role. Since getting rid of this rule, the money in football as increased at an astronomical rate. Almost a decade later in …

The Story of Brain Clough

Despite all of his success, Brian Clough splits opinion. Some football fans love him, others despise him but what is his story? On 21st March 1935 Brain Howard Clough was born in Middlesbrough. He was born in his childhood home, 11 Valley Road, Grove Hill and was the sixth of nine children. He remembered his …

Are Man United’s Finances Feeling the Ramifications of Their on The Pitch Struggles?

In May 2018 Ed Woodward said, “Playing performance doesn’t really have a meaningful impact on what we can do on the commercial side of the business.” But how correct is the Man United vice chairman? Football clubs generate income from three sources: matchday, commercial and broadcasting. In 2018/19 the Red Devils, they generated £111 million …

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