Carmille's Chelsea Column: Positive Start & Super Cup Preview

Carmille's Chelsea Column: Positive Start & Super Cup Preview

This week’s column will discuss Chelsea’s performance in the Premier League thus far and preview the Super Cup versus Bayern Munich to be played on Friday. Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager has started off on a positive note. Seven points earned from a potential nine; six picked up from two home victories against Hull City and Aston Villa and one point picked up against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Not exactly three out of three, but a point …
Carmille's Chelsea Column: Jose's Homecoming & Demanding Schedule

Carmille's Chelsea Column: Jose's Homecoming & Demanding Schedule

This week’s column will discuss the return of Mourinho to Stamford Bridge, his accolades with the Blues, as well as discuss Chelsea’s busy start to the 2013/2014 season. “Jose Mourinho, Jose Mourinho” echoed across Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the newly reappointed Chelsea manager made his way toward the home dugout for his first competitive match of the season at Stamford  Bridge. “We are the happy ones”, “Welcome home Jose” posters were seen throughout the crowds. For the first time …
Is the Makelele Role Still Relevant? The Evolution of the Defensive Midfielder

Is the Makelele Role Still Relevant? The Evolution of the Defensive Midfielder

Football is game that has constantly evolved since its inception. Throughout the years the game has seen many changes especially in the formations and thus the positions that players occupy. When the Premier League began in 1992 it would be a mighty task to find a team that didn't play 4-4-2 with two conventional central midfielders. These midfielders often operated in a box-to-box role sharing the defensive duties. With the turn of the century many Premier league teams began to …
Mikel Arteta - The Unsung Hero | Stats compared to Carrick

Mikel Arteta - The Unsung Hero | Stats compared to Carrick

David Gill to Step Down as Chief Executive at Manchester United

David Gill to Step Down as Chief Executive at Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed that chief executive David Gill will step down from his role at the end of the season. Gill will officially leave his post on 30th June, but will remain a director at the club. Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will take on the responsibility of chief executive.. Gill released a statement saying: "It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16 wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive. …
Statistical Comparison of the Premier League Top 7's Defences

Statistical Comparison of the Premier League Top 7's Defences

EPLIndex subscriber Mikkel Toft Petersen writes for the first time on the site with an interesting analysis of the defences in the Top 7 of the Premier League. (The analysis was written before the last set of fixtures in the Premier League.) This article will compare the best seven teams in the Premier League on basis of their defensive performances. My interest in doing this analysis consisted in that I found Arsenal's defensive errors remarkable and in this context, I will …
Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (08/09)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (08/09)

Four years ago Spain used a possession-based philosophy to win Euro 2008. Since then, Spain and Barcelona have been the dominant forces in world and European football, with much of their success attributed to this style. Two footballing clichés seem to underpin this. Firstly, that possession is ‘Nine Tenths of the Law’. Secondly, that over the course of a season positives and negatives will even themselves out. According to these theories, the team that can dominate possession for every game should …
Norwich 1 Manchester United 0 | Match & Stats Report

Norwich 1 Manchester United 0 | Match & Stats Report

Manchester United were predictably leaky at the back at Carrow Road, but surprisingly had little in response after going one goal down against an attacking Norwich side. Norwich continued to gain strength as their familiarity with Chris Hughton’s system increases. The Canaries have gone 5 matches without losing or conceding more than one goal. The match mirrored United’s win against Villa last weekend. The major difference was the lack of an impact substitute. Javier Hernandez started the match rather than …
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