Mousa Dembélé - Underrated | Dembélé of Fulham & Tottenham Stats Analysis

Mousa Dembélé - Underrated | Dembélé of Fulham & Tottenham Stats Analysis

The first thing I noticed about Mousa Dembélé was his technique, every shot, touch and pass had something I haven't seen in a player. Nothing was quaint or delicate, the ball was always moved deliberately and powerfully. He's a great player to watch. Martin Jol has gone even further: [quote]Dembélé is probably the best player on the ball I've ever seen. - Martin Jol (2012)[/quote] He has definitely become an important player for Tottenham this season, playing in 21 of …
Stats outline Everton improvements and failings | Comparison to 11/12

Stats outline Everton improvements and failings | Comparison to 11/12

The improvements are clear; unfortunately, so are the problems and a quick comparison between 2011-12 and 2012-13 highlights these areas. Continual defensive problems and sub-par finishing temper the obvious improvements in passing and creativity. Compared to last season, Everton are 11 points better off at this stage thanks to more goals, less failures to score and more wins. Defensively, clean sheets have dropped from seven to five and the defence has shipped more goals this season. Whilst the defensive differences are …
Chelsea 2 West Ham 0 | In-Depth Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 West Ham 0 | In-Depth Tactical Analysis

Rafael Benitez made four changes to his starting XI for this match, compared to the Europa League game against Steaua on Thursday. Terry was replaced by Cahill with Lampard starting instead of Mikel, pushing Ramires in the deep-lying position as the covering midfielder. On the flanks Moses replaced Oscar but surprisingly he started on the left with Hazard on the right. Up front Ba started. But if we are to compare the starting XI here with the team selected in …
Why Sir Alex Would Be Crazy To Let Rooney Go | Contribution Stats

Why Sir Alex Would Be Crazy To Let Rooney Go | Contribution Stats

Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool's Positional System Explained | Tactical Analysis Vs Fulham

Liverpool’s game against Fulham demonstrated, in my opinion, the highest level of performance under Brendan Rodgers to date - and not because of the 4 - 0 score line, but because of the way in which the players executed the phases of play that Rodgers and his coaching staff propose to the Liverpool players every day at Melwood. Much of the content in the following article includes themes, concepts and ideas that are discussed in the tiki-taka handbook (*due release …
Premier League Players of the week for Match Day 9 | Player Stats

Premier League Players of the week for Match Day 9 | Player Stats

Welcome to EPLIndex's weekly article for players of the week. Each week we will be looking at every match in the Premier League and picking a Man of the Match from each of the games. You can use the quick links below to navigate through the matches of your choice. We're going to start with Arsenal's win over QPR. Arsenal 1 QPR 0 This was a high tempo London derby as QPR came to Emirates looking for their first win …
Everton v Southampton: Match & Stats Preview

Everton v Southampton: Match & Stats Preview

After the dismal Elland Road showing, the visit of Southampton gives Everton the chance to return to winning ways. A home win would represent Everton's best start since 2004 / 2005 and Everton went on to qualify for the Champions League that season. Saturday's visitors are beginning to adjust to Premier League life and Southampton will arrive with bags of confidence and plenty of belief. With back-to-back wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa, Nigel Adkins' side are finding goals with ease. …
Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: Midfield Part IV – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

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Introduction: the foundations (part 4/4*) – Midfield and Concluding Statement  This is a four*-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity. Part four of this series isolates the scenario of playing against …
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