Chelsea 2 Man Utd 3: Tactical Analysis & Match Stats

Chelsea 2 Man Utd 3: Tactical Analysis & Match Stats

Man Utd claim their first league win at Stamford Bridge in 10 years with a 3-2 victory which barely tells any of the story. This was a game with two early goals which altered the dynamic of the game followed by a rousing comeback and ending with a number of controversial decisions by the match officials. The key point from a tactical perspective was  Man Utd's exploitation of the weakness in the Chelsea set up with poor cover for the …
Newcastle 0 Man Utd 3 | Stats and Tactical Analysis

Newcastle 0 Man Utd 3 | Stats and Tactical Analysis

It was a reverse scoreline of the corresponding fixture last season, as Manchester United eased passed a disjointed Newcastle with a convincing 3-0 win at St James’ Park. Newcastle started with their best front six players in a 4-4-2 formation, but injury problems at the back meant Pardew had to settle for a makeshift defence. Steve Harper continued in the absence of Tim Krul in goal and without the first choice centre back pairing of Coloccini and Steven Taylor, Williamson …
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, …
Did A Lack Of Rotation Cost Redknapp His Job? | Opta Stats Analysis

Did A Lack Of Rotation Cost Redknapp His Job? | Opta Stats Analysis

When Vedran Corluka claimed that Spurs poor end of season form was down to Harry Redknapp’s reluctance to rotate his team he was quickly shot down by the Spurs manager, but did the Croatian have a point? Tottenham had six outfield players that played at least 75% of their 3420 Premier League minutes last season (Assou-Ekotto, Walker, Kaboul, Modric, Bale, Adebayor) and three players (Walker, Modric and Bale) that played in 90% of their 3420 minutes last season. Spurs had …
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