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

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

Rafael Benítez début: Food for thought

About the Game Chelsea hosted Manchester City after a turbulent week which saw the departure of Roberto Di Matteo, who was sitting on the unconfortable seat of being still the interim manager at the start of the season. Rafael Benitez’s quick appointment proved – if needed – that the deal was probably already concluded for quite some time. If there’s room for improvement in every … Continue reading Rafael Benítez début: Food for thought

Notes on Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool

Liverpool decided to hold the club’s keys to Brendan Rodgers after last season’s 7th place finish – 4 points behind Everton – having decided that it was the right moment to launch a new sporting dynamic after Kenny Dalglish’s one and a half season tenure which left mixed feelings despite a League Cup win. I won’t extend on any outfield matter as I decided to … Continue reading Notes on Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool

How to relativize Torres’ alleged struggles in front of goal in 2011/2012

Today I share with you a graph with the datas provided by the very exciting MCFC Analytics project allowing you to register and get many OPTA figures from the 2011/2012 season in order to analyse it. I chosed to focus on Fernando Torres but I think I’ll extend this focus to another strikers in Premier League in the next weeks to highlight players such as the highest … Continue reading How to relativize Torres’ alleged struggles in front of goal in 2011/2012

How Mikel’s “vulnerability” on the ball can help to break teams parking the bus

This a situation where the blue dots has the ball, imagine the rest of the red team behind the opponent (O) who’s the nearest to the ball and then is expected to press (or at least close the passing angle, it depends of what the manager wants). Situation: (A) has the ball, im my example this is Mikel. He has one passing choice to progress forward, this is (B) because (O) could … Continue reading How Mikel’s “vulnerability” on the ball can help to break teams parking the bus