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 …

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 …

Why Lionel Messi Wants to Leave

The attack has been in decline for years. 2019/20 is the fourth consecutive year in which the club has averaged fewer shots than the year before with over 17 in 2016/17 to around 13 in the last campaign. Not only is the volume of shots decreasing, but also the quality as for every year from …

What Will Ronald Koeman Bring To Barcelona?

When working with the Netherlands, he had similar talent to that he will inherit at Barcelona. Ronald Koeman started using a 4-3-3 that was often open and attacking before his switch to three centre backs against front threes. More so than any of his previous sides, his Dutch side emphasised the traditions valued at the …

How Barcelona Can Return to Dominating Football

Barcelona’s fall from the top has been well documented. After winning the treble in 2015, things at the Camp Nou just haven’t been the same. They’re reportedly in debt of over 850 million euros and costly signings like Coutinho, Dembelé and Griezmann haven’t worked out despite being bought for a combined 403 million euros. Between …

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