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Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club’s Tactics Under AVB | Final Part

Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club’s Tactics Under AVB | Final Part

In the final segment of the series looking at Andre Villas-Boas’ revolutionary tactics at Tottenham Hotspur, we acquaint you with the changes surrounding the club’s strike-force and Gareth Bale. You can find the previous parts here: Parts 1 &  Part 2 Under Harry Redknapp, Spurs usually played with Emmanuel Adebayor upfront, while Rafael van der Vaart operated as the second-striker. AVB, however, has preferred either Jermain Defoe or Adebayor as the sole poacher, assisted by Bale in a No 10-esque role. …
Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 2

Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 2

In my second part of how Andre Villas-Boas has rebuilt and reshaped Tottenham Hotspur, we look into the new defensive set-up of the team. Part 1 can be found here: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB Part 1 Since taking over the managerial helms at the White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas has inherited a new set of defensive resources. Ledley King bid adieu to domestic football, whilst Jan Vertonghen was brought from Ajax and Steven Caulker returned after an impressive loan-stint …
Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 1

Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Club's Tactics Under AVB | Part 1

Despite a worrying slip in form which could eventually undo all Tottenham's hard work this season, they have to some extent already exceeded their fans expectations this term. The biggest and most obvious change that the new manager Andre Villas-Boas has brought to the North London outfit is in their style of play. The former Chelsea manager has devised a fairly impressive set-up for Spurs, with the team’s play revolving around the highly-coveted Gareth Bale. In this article for EPL …
Is Wayne Rooney A True No 10? Stats Comparison to Juan Mata

Is Wayne Rooney A True No 10? Stats Comparison to Juan Mata

Can Fabio replace Evra at Manchester United: Part II | Stats Comparison

Can Fabio replace Evra at Manchester United: Part II | Stats Comparison

In EPL Index’s second segment of whether Fabio Da Silva can replace the ageing Patrice Evra at Manchester United, we compare the two players’ attacking contributions and passing abilities. The first part highlighted the defensive differences between Fabio and Evra and it was quite evident that the former is still light years behind his French counterpart. Does the second phase suggest a similar opinion? Read on for the answer. Passing and Crossing The passing contributions of Evra and Fabio differ …
Fabio | Can the Brazilian Replace Patrice Evra at Manchester United

Fabio | Can the Brazilian Replace Patrice Evra at Manchester United

Once regarded as one of the best exponents of his art, now at the age of 31, Patrice Evra is entering the twilights of his career. Although the Manchester United left-back is curiously enjoying the most productive spell of his career in front of the opposition’s goal since his first year as a professional footballer, the France international is losing his midas defensive touch, perhaps the more pivotal aspect of his play. Currently on loan to Queens Park Rangers, Fabio …
Antonio Valencia | Analysing the Winger's Decline in Form

Antonio Valencia | Analysing the Winger's Decline in Form

Antonio Valencia is an old-school archetypal winger, best suited for Manchester United’s direct and counter-attacking 4-4-2 formation. Thus, playing as their first-choice right-winger last season, the Ecuador international delivered a phenomenal campaign, acting as the creative hub of the team and establishing himself as one of the most efficient attackers in England. However, this season, Valencia has seen an apparent dip in form and has also garnered massive criticism from the football pundits for his inability to produce the required …