The Dembele effect: Why Tottenham are missing Moussa | Stats Analysis

The Dembele effect: Why Tottenham are missing Moussa | Stats Analysis

A strong attacking start from Andre Villas-Boas' squad has disguised the defensive flaws in the 35-year-old's methods at Tottenham, where his patient and gradual style has led to a relaxed approach from the team, most notably at the cost of conceding late goals. Whilst it could be said that this is down to his 4-2-3-1 formation, the clear missing piece of the puzzle has been identified as the former Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele. The Belgium international moved to Tottenham in the summer window …
The Dynamic Duo Driving Spurs Success | Stats Comparison

The Dynamic Duo Driving Spurs Success | Stats Comparison

Totalling just two points from the opening three games of the season (with both points earned in disappointing home draws), the press seemed all too willing to put Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villa Boas under increasing scrutiny. Fleet Street favourite Harry Redknapp had been given the boot and replaced by AVB, and the press couldn’t wait for the Portuguese to fail. After the international break Spurs came back (much as they did last season) to go on a winning run, …
AVB Makes it a Game of Two Halves | Stats Analysis

AVB Makes it a Game of Two Halves | Stats Analysis

Boos rang round White Hart Lane at half time on Sunday afternoon - a sound that has sadly become all too familiar in recent weeks. Tottenham had just been played off the park by a very lively QPR team that Spurs had made look like Barcelona. It was a worrying first 45 minutes. But for a couple of very good saves from Brad Friedel, the game could well have been beyond us at half time. There was no cohesion in …
Reading 1 Spurs 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Reading 1 Spurs 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Spurs secured their first league win of the season under Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) with as comprehensive a 3-1 victory as you are likely to witness in the Premiership this season. The final score line arguably flattered a Reading side who failed to show any sense of urgency during a flat first half and allowed Spurs to take charge of proceedings. With just one away win in their last 11 league games and rumours circulating around AVB being handed a set …
Why Villas Boas Can Succeed at Liverpool, Whilst Failing at Chelsea

Why Villas Boas Can Succeed at Liverpool, Whilst Failing at Chelsea

Beginnings at Porto In his first season as manager of FC Porto, Andre Villas Boas had statistics of:  Won the Portuguese Super Cup  Won the Portuguese League  Won the Millennium Cup  Won the Europa League  Went the entire season with only FOUR losses, including 2 in the preseason, 1 in the League Cup and 1 in the 1st Leg of the Millennium Cup SF  Undefeated in the league – Pld 30, W: 27, D:3 …
Chelsea 3 Man Utd 3 | Match Report

Chelsea 3 Man Utd 3 | Match Report

Last Sunday, Chelsea played against Manchester United in what turned out to be a fantastic spectacle of football. Chelsea, were 3 goals up by the 50th minute only to be pegged back to 3-3, partially down to poor defending and poor officiating as well as United’s hunger and desire to get on level terms. What was noticeable was a change in shape, Chelsea normally adopt a 4-3-3 formation, Torres spearheading the attack with Mata and Sturridge flanking him. What we …
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