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L’OM de Bielsa et la régression

Joueurs rincés, méthode usantes, révolte des cadres… on a tout lu ou presque au moment d’évoquer la saison paradoxale de l’Olympique de Marseille en 2014-2015 sous les commandes de Marcelo Bielsa. Cet article est l’occasion de vous donner mon point de vue, articulé en deux parties : la première s’appuie sur un aperçu statistique de la saison de l’OM devant le but, la seconde s’appuie sur … Continue reading L’OM de Bielsa et la régression

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Mataphysics of a relationship

Confortably sitting in an armchair since his arrival at the club, Juan Mata has seen his status be challenged by José Mourinho in the implementation of a more long-termist gameplan than Roberto Di Matteo’s or Rafael Benitez, while taking on more solid foundations that André Villas Boas’ “project”. Twice elected best player of a club that ended the last two seasons 25 and 14 points … Continue reading Mataphysics of a relationship

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Whereupon can José Mourinho rely on to implement a high pressing game at Chelsea ?

It’s been 3 full seasons Chelsea last won the domestic crown. Ever since, 3 managers have  taken charge at Stamford Bridge with mixed success until José Mourinho decided to come back to the club he was the manager between 2004 and 2007. Chelsea ended the season 25 then 14 points from top in 2011-12 and 2012-13, a gap that must be taken into consideration in … Continue reading Whereupon can José Mourinho rely on to implement a high pressing game at Chelsea ?

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10 Week analysis game #1: Chelsea FC – FC Schalke 04

Chelsea confortably won his third Champions League game on the row after beating Schalke 04 on the same scoreline than two weeks ago (3-0). José Mourinho was furious at his players at the week end after the defeat at Newcastle. He blamed his players for thinking that the opening goal  would come as it already did 5 times during October’s 6-game winning streak, without them putting any … Continue reading 10 Week analysis game #1: Chelsea FC – FC Schalke 04

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What will José Mourinho’s Chelsea look like ?

Chelsea began a new sporting era marked by the return of Jose Mourinho to the position he was employed between 2004 and 2007. It thus put an end to the last fifteen months during which the team was assigned to temporary managers as Rafael Benítez succeeded Roberto Di Matteo. This last point proves to be crucial ahead of the new season, especially after a 69-game … Continue reading What will José Mourinho’s Chelsea look like ?

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The Permeability Index: How efficient are Premier League teams in defending their goal?

Based on WhoScored.com figures Today, I decided to have a look at the defensive side of the game consisting on the goal protection. This consists of a statistical calculation of a final figure –  that I’ll call the Permeability Index – after several steps ; I’ll try to comment as much as I can the point of the various figures and what it means in terms … Continue reading The Permeability Index: How efficient are Premier League teams in defending their goal?

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Would Fellaini fit at Chelsea ?

With the speculation increasing for the January transfer market window about a possible move to Chelsea for Everton’s main asset this season, I decided to have a look at Marouane Fellaini’s possible contribution to the current Chelsea team. The Blues arguably need more options in central midfield since the departures of Michael Essien and Raul Meireles. The big Belgian would probably offer something few clubs … Continue reading Would Fellaini fit at Chelsea ?