In Arteta We Trust – Part Two: Arsenal Tactical Analysis

If you haven’t already, we recommend you read part one of this segment: In Arteta We Trust - Part One: The Making of a Modern Day Head Coach. In the previous article we looked into the early days of Mikel Arteta’s career right up to his big breakthrough at Everton and FA Cup successes with Arsenal. We also touched on how his knowledge and experiences led him to become Pep Guardiola’s No. 2 at Manchester City. All of this helped…

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In Arteta We Trust – Part One: The Making of a Modern Day Head Coach

On 31st August 2011, Arsenal completed a surprising FOUR deadline day signings. It was a busy day for the North London club, with many pundits and fans claiming that these were ‘panic buys’ as Arsene Wenger frantically looked for reinforcements. It was a summer of change at The Emirates stadium. There were notable departures including club icon Cesc Fàbregas, who returned home to Barcelona, and both Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri moving up north to Manchester City. Cesc Fabregas carried…

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2019 Top Scorers in Europe and Transfers: The Year in Review

2019 has been a great year for football, and the top scorers in Europe have fought hard to reach the top. From the experienced, to the youngsters making a name for themselves, big transfer fees have been demanded and paid for to get the very best. The usual suspects have proved their dominance again after Lionel Messi picked up the Balon D'Or for the best player of the year, and Cristiano Ronaldo held the Scudetto after his first season at…

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S.S. Lazio – Genuine Title Contenders

Last Sunday’s Supercoppa Italiana marked the half way point of the Serie A season, with last years league winners Juventus facing Lazio, the current holders of the Coppa Italia.  After 17 rounds of scintillating football, the Serie A season comes to a halt as we enter the winter break. There was plenty of anticipation at the start of the season, with new coaches at Juventus, Inter Milan, Roma and AC Milan respectively.  Despite a disappointing season by their standards in…

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Tactical Analysis of Pep Guardiola

Introduction On his arrival at Manchester City, Pep had a few doubters about whether his style would work in the world’s “toughest league”. Could his possession hungry style work in the fast paced Premier League? This tactical analysis of Pep Guardiola will discuss the issues he faced, and how he turned it around. If you watched his Manchester City side in his first season (2016/17), you might have thought they had a point. At the start of his Barcelona tenure,…

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Atalanta Tactical Analysis – The Italian Entertainers

Think of the top teams in Italy and some names stand above the rest. Teams such as Juventus, Roma, and the Milan teams have a rich history, once being the conquerors of Europe. One side that has flown significantly under the radar in past seasons, though, is Atalanta. Currently sitting in 8th, the team are not necessarily over performing, but their record of 54 goals (just one less than Juventus) is impressive. In this article we will explore what Atalanta…

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Masters of Defence: A Statistical Analysis of Wolves

Sitting in 10th place, with victories over Tottenham and Chelsea, Wolves certainly don’t look like a traditional newly promoted team. Playing with a swagger of an established top flight side, and the results to match, Wolves are here to stay. On the surface, they are a tough team to figure out, but dig a bit deeper and the philosophies and standards that Nuno Espirito Santo drills into this team are very much visible. As with our Liverpool and Chelsea article,…

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The maturing of Liverpool: From Premier League entertainers to title contenders

Jurgen Klopp has certainly got a unique style, his recent pitch invasion in the Merseyside derby is just the latest in a long line of Twitter soundbites and newspaper headlines, and in previous years the team on the pitch seemed to take after their manager. Liverpool last year were known for being the team to watch, there were never boring games. They had the second highest goal difference in the league, the top scorer in Salah who broke all sorts…

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Chelsea and Sarri – A Statistical Analysis

After a tough 3-1 loss at Wembley and a midweek mauling by Wolves, many thought Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea had been found out. Keep Jorginho quiet and they lose their spark. Sarri has done his best to bring his 2017/2018 success with an outstanding Napoli team to the Premier League, and it is no secret that the tactics that worked so well in the Serie A were brought to London with him. As the graph below shows when comparing Napoli's stats…

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