How Oriol Romeu Has Resurrected Himself and Southampton

How Oriol Romeu Has Resurrected Himself and Southampton

While Claude Puel’s ever improving Southampton may be enjoying a decent campaign during his first season in charge in England, his side has adapted quickly to his methods. Currently tenth in the table, behind South Coast rivals Bournemouth on goal-difference, the Saints were expected to play out a season of transition under a manager who had never managed outside France before. But the manner in which the side has performed could come in as a surprise to those who believed …
Southampton vs Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Southampton vs Chelsea Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Chelsea have put themselves in a good position in the table after a run of bad form. They will be travelling to face a dangerous Southampton side on Sunday and it will be a difficult test for Antonio Conte's side. It is important that they don't suffer from over-confidence after their convincing victory over Manchester United last weekend. This is shaping up to be one of the most interesting fixtures of gameweek ten and we will be able to learn a …
Southampton vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Southampton vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Southampton host Norwich City under difficult circumstances on Sunday, 30th August. A host of injuries coupled with another summer of losing crucial players has left this side restructuring itself. With the likes of Swansea, Leicester, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool to come, manager Ronald Koeman will be keen to build on his points tally in the next two games. On the other hand, Norwich, who many believe will be scraping for survival come the end of the season, have begun life …
Chelsea's Best Defensive Midfielder | Stats Comparison

Chelsea's Best Defensive Midfielder | Stats Comparison

Newcastle v Chelsea | Match Stats Report

Newcastle v Chelsea | Match Stats Report

Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea | Crisis? What crisis?

Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea | Crisis? What crisis?

After Chelsea’s comfortable victory at Newcastle many Chelsea fans were wondering what crisis they were supposed to be in. In all seriousness, whether Chelsea can be judged to be in a crisis or not is dependant on where they are after next Monday, games against Valencia in the Champions League and Man City in the Premier League, at home, are both must win. However, first, to focus on the positives of a competent, assured performance in the most part. Chelsea …
Newcastle v Chelsea | Tactical Match Preview

Newcastle v Chelsea | Tactical Match Preview

Possible line ups and formations Defend from the front As you can see from the chalkboard below from Chelsea’s last away game at Bolton, Cech plays the majority of his passes onto his central defenders. 25 out of the 34 passes he took were played short - the reason why Petr Cech has the best pass completion rate for a goalkeeper in the Premier League (71.9%). Despite Tim Krul seeing the ball more often (Krul 425 v Cech 363), Krul’s …
Oriol Romeu | Part of Chelsea revolution

Oriol Romeu | Part of Chelsea revolution

In the summer Oriol Romeu was bought from Barcelona for a fee of £5m, with a buy back clause for Barcelona in case he does well.  The early signs of his Chelsea career suggest that he can excel in Chelsea’s midfield, composed on the ball, knows to spot a pass, tactically aware as a defensive midfielder, at the ripe age of 2o he is a hot prospect for Chelsea. After his assured first start against Wolves, John Obi Mikel might …