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 Chelsea vs Manchester United

The first meeting between two teams occupying the top 3 this season in Premier League made the headlines this week, not especially for sporting reasons. Not at all, actually. Until the controversial decisions that led the game becoming something of a mess, Chelsea did offer two goals to his host on a silver plates. If those two goals resulted from the odd mistake of what … Continue reading Notes on Chelsea vs Manchester United

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