Chelsea's Season So Far | Stats Analysis for 13/14

Chelsea's Season So Far | Stats Analysis for 13/14

In a season when the status quo is under heavy fire from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, Chelsea have managed to cope with the extra competition despite a mixed start to the season. Here we shall be taking a look at some of the team’s most telling stats in defence, midfield and attack and settle who some of the key players have been so far. Moreover there will be a heavily opinionated account of some key issues that …
EPL Manager Index Week 7 | Pochettino goes top, Wenger 2nd & Mourinho 3rd

EPL Manager Index Week 7 | Pochettino goes top, Wenger 2nd & Mourinho 3rd

[sws_blue_box box_size="575"] Editors Note: You may want to read the first ever EPL Manager Index article to be able to understand how the author is scoring each manager on a weekly basis: EPL Manager Index Introduction [/sws_blue_box] I think the Premier League managers are getting into this now..... Week 7 of the EPL Manager Impact Index delivered 265 points worth of manager impacts, the second highest so far (and that's with a manager short, although the next MII will include Gus …
Carmille’s Chelsea Column | The Impact of Juan Mata Change

Carmille’s Chelsea Column | The Impact of Juan Mata Change

This week’s column will discuss the impact Juan Mata has had on recent performances, Jose Mourinho’s preferred starting line-up and Fernando Torres’ misfortune. In my previous column I spoke about the importance of Juan Mata and his influence on the team and how pivotal it is for Jose Mourinho to include him in the starting eleven, where ever it is that he is deemed fit. Mourinho opted to start Mata in the last three matches, after he “earned” his place …
Norwich 1 Chelsea 3 | Tactical Analysis

Norwich 1 Chelsea 3 | Tactical Analysis

Demba Ba replaced Fernando Torres for the visitors, the Spaniard serving his one game suspension for his sending off against Tottenham. Ramires returned to his more natural role alongside Frank Lampard in the double pivot. Juan Mata deputised on the right hand side in the Brazilian’s absence. Andre Schurrle retained his place in Jose Mourinho’s XI. Chelsea stuck with their now familiar 4231, and with the buccaneering runs of both Martin Olsson and Russell Martin, it is easy to see …
Manager Impact Index Week 6 | Wenger to top | Rodgers & Moyes fall

Manager Impact Index Week 6 | Wenger to top | Rodgers & Moyes fall

Another week of big points and low points (see what I did?) in the Manager Impact Index.  We had another entry into The 30 Club, and because we now have 2 managers who have earned minus points in a week, we can start up The Negative Collective.  And here they are: That's right, Moyes becomes only the 2nd manager to score minus points in a week.  Big Sam is the man though, collecting minus points in 2 separate weeks.  Moyes' …
Will Mourinho Regret Letting Lukaku Go? Compared to Chelsea Strikers

Will Mourinho Regret Letting Lukaku Go? Compared to Chelsea Strikers

After seeing Romulu Lukaku terrorise the Newcastle United defence, Chelsea fans must be wondering why Jose Mourinho let him go out on loan when they desperately need a goal-scorer themselves. Their own strike force of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba has failed to impress so far this season as they have failed to score a single goal between them. Meanwhile the young Belgian striker has netted three times for Everton in their last two matches. If the Chelsea …
Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1 | Tactical Analysis

Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1 | Tactical Analysis

Fernando Torres replaced Samuel Eto’o in Chelsea’s attack. Andre Schurrle dropped to the bench in favour of Ramires on the right side, whose inclusion can only suggest that Mourinho wanted to keep Tottenham’s left side secured down. Tottenham remained unchanged from their narrow 1-0 victory over Cardiff, Kyle Naughton continuing to earn his place in front of Danny Rose. Both sides lined up in their traditional 4-2-3-1 formation, although noticeably in the second half, with Tottenham’s dominance and Dembele pushing …
EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

What a weekend for the Premier League.  And what a weekend for the Manager Impact Index. There were some surprises, a bit of sulking and even a sacking, that, when all added up means the Manager Impact Index had its busiest weekend so far. 277 points were distributed overall, an increase of 38 points on the previous week.  When you consider that 6 of the 20 managers earned nil points (said in a poor French accent) it means that the …
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