Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

Why Daniel Sturridge Solves Liverpool's Tactical Problems

The introduction of Daniel Sturridge has brought about tactical changes at Anfield that possibly offer a resounding solution to Liverpool’s defining tactical inefficiency that we have seen so much of this season. For the last two seasons (and more) at Anfield, Liverpool have consistently created chance after chance, only to leave fans frustrated and little to offer on the score sheet. Most people will tell you that the reason behind this was the inability of Liverpool’s players to finish and …
Manchester City 2 Fulham 0 | Match & Stats Report

Manchester City 2 Fulham 0 | Match & Stats Report

Fulham traveled to the Etihad Saturday for a match that ended in an uncontested manner. Manchester City were to too much for Jol's side, despite giving up the majority of possession. The Citizens always looked as though they were more likely to take all three points, and a fantastic individual performance from David Silva sealed those points. Aguero was benched in favour of Dzeko. Dzeko currently is one of the most frequent scores in the Premier League, and this show of …
Brilliant Bale Destroys Villa | Player Stats Analysis

Brilliant Bale Destroys Villa | Player Stats Analysis

On the back of an 8-0 drubbing from Chelsea on the weekend before Christmas, Aston Villa’s youngsters can’t have been looking forward to the prospect of facing Tottenham’s Gareth Bale running at them. The Welshman was in scintillating form as Spurs ran riot, inflicting another heavy defeat on the midlands team. Bale seems to enjoy the festive period having played a starring role in the Christmas fixture against Norwich last season bagging a brace. This time he went one better …
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 …
Deadly Defoe at the Double | Premier League Striker Stats Comparison

Deadly Defoe at the Double | Premier League Striker Stats Comparison

On Saturday afternoon at Craven Cottage, a brace for Defoe took him to four goals in a week and his tally for the season up to 9. Aside from the goals, Defoe had a relatively quiet game, making just 14 passes in the entire 90 minutes. Defoe is a player who splits opinion amongst Spurs fans – on the one hand he is a player who scores regularly, on the other his involvement is minimal if he is not scoring …
An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

An analysis of every Premier League goal and assist of 2011/12 | Tactics

The following analysis is simply to illustrate exactly where goals were scored from on the pitch and where each and every assist came from during the 2011/12 English Premier League season. The conclusions that can be drawn from the following are useful during the decision making stages of tactical strategies. How compact should a defence be? How deep should a team 'park the bus'? How should a team treat spaces in and around the box? .... There is a consistency …
The Importance of Adebayor | Stats Comparison of Strikers From Top 6

The Importance of Adebayor | Stats Comparison of Strikers From Top 6

With two weeks to go until Tottenham face their season opener up at Newcastle, to say we are lightweight up front is an understatement. The only recognised strikers on the books are Jermain Defoe and the youngster Harry Kane. While I admired Spain playing with a false number 9 in the Euro’s, I don’t think it is realistic to expect Spurs to play it with the same level of impact! It has been widely reported that a deal for Adebayor …
Should Aaron Lennon Have Made the England Squad? Opta Stats

Should Aaron Lennon Have Made the England Squad? Opta Stats

When Roy Hodgson announced his England squad last week there were a number of surprises. Most surprising for me and I am sure a number of England fans was the inclusion of Stewart Downing. This is a player who famously did not score or assist a goal throughout the season. Equally surprising for me was a player who was left out – our very own Aaron Lennon. Tottenham played their best football of the season when both Lennon and Bale …
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