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

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

Chelsea are facing a difficult test in the Champions League, as they travel to face last season's surprise semi-finalists Ajax. The Blues have been praised for their approach this season, as they have hired a young couch in Frank Lampard, with the aim of bringing through the new generation at Stamford Bridge. They may have been forced into the approach, due to a transfer ban. However, there is no arguing against the early success that the club has enjoyed. On …
Porto Vs Liverpool Preview | Champions League Preview

Porto Vs Liverpool Preview | Champions League Preview

Just as their respective domestic leagues are entering the final run-in, the remaining giants of Europe will decide this week that which four of them will progress to the penultimate stage of the European competitions. Liverpool will travel to Estadio do Dragao in Porto for one such showdown on Wednesday night. Both teams can end up losing their domestic league by very narrow margins, so it is fair to say that the Champions League provides a very desirable alternate target …
The Louis van Gaal Project: Arturo Vidal to Manchester United

The Louis van Gaal Project: Arturo Vidal to Manchester United

Sixteen days into the opening of the transfer window, speculation and rumours are into their usual low or high credibility depending on who the specific source is; however, one constant throughout this transfer window is the speculation on Chilean and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal's future. His Chilean team-mate, Alexis Sanchez, will land on British shores for the start of the season for Arsenal - is Arturo Vidal about to join him? According to reports in Italy and in Manchester, Antonio …
Possession stats do not matter | Stats Analysis

Possession stats do not matter | Stats Analysis

Hatty gets on base more than Pena, in fact 20% more… His fielding does not matter Moneyball, 2011
This quote from the film Moneyball demonstrates the fact that some aspects of the game were unimportant to the way Billy Beane wanted to play baseball. This quote also rings true when talking about possession stats in football, every fan tries to justify that their team played better because they had a higher amount of possession than the other team. Well possession …