Has Mezut Özil been better than Santi Cazorla of 2012-13 season? Stats

Has Mezut Özil been better than Santi Cazorla of 2012-13 season? Stats

After leading the league table for the most number of weeks, Arsenal look to have run out of steam towards the fag end of the season. Lack of experience (of being in this situation), a string of poor performances courtesy of a dip in form of and injury to key players and lack of depth in the squad have derailed what was turning out to be the North London club's best season in 9 years.  Arsenal had a golden opportunity to add …
Southampton 0 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Southampton 0 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool put yet another jinxed fixture to bed in the late kick off on Saturday, as they eventually swept aside their bogey side Southampton. Brendan Rodgers has now banished a number of demons, including Arsenal at Anfield, Spurs and Stoke away, and now avenging the problematic Saints - the only team to beat the Reds twice in the last 12 months. Southampton Maurico Pochettino deployed his usual 4-3-3 with Jack Cork starting in central midfield, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Steven …
Liverpool 4 Swansea 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 Swansea 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool pulled off another rollercoaster, heart-stopping victory, with their scintillating attack eventually sparing the blushes of the calamitous defence. There were many reunions and familiar faces for both clubs in this game, and the hunger for victory was very much alive. Liverpool couldn't exercise their control after taking a 2-0 lead and Swansea persisted and took the game to them. It took a stand-out performance from Jordan Henderson to rescue the points for the Reds, while the introduction of Joe …
Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City edged past Stoke with a narrow but crucial victory which has allowed them to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Yaya Toure struck with 20 minutes left to play after being moved forward into attacking central midfield, leaving Stoke hovering precariously above the relegation zone. With regards to the system that Manuel Pellegrini went with, I will risk sounding like a football 'hipster' and say that this was a 4-2-2-2 formation. This is not …
Fulham 2 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Fulham 2 Liverpool 3 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Steven Gerrard came up with the goods with a last gasp penalty winner for Liverpool at Craven Cottage, keeping their title or top four (depending on your persuasion) aspirations alive and kicking, and taking them to within four points of the summit. Fulham Fulham sat rock bottom of the league, however, they have shown recent faint glimpses of hope under Rene Meulensteen. They have reinforced, and attempted to reinvigorate, bringing in Lewis Holtby on loan from Spurs and Ryan Tunnicliffe …
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool made a crucial slip in the race for fourth by failing to clinch all three points on the road at West Brom. It was an opportunity for Brendan Rodgers' men to go 9 points clear of Manchester United in 7th and four points clear of Merseyside rivals Everton. West Brom were coming fresh from a grudge match of their own, losing 4-3 at Villa Park on Wednesday, while the Reds needed to pick themselves up from their deadline day …
Liverpool 4-0 Everton | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4-0 Everton | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool produced a thrilling counter-attacking display on home turf to crush an Everton side who retained possession well, threatened throughout, and didn't actually do too much wrong. The three first half goals effectively won Liverpool the game, while Suarez clinching the fourth completely killed off any hope for the Toffees - however it was still a hotly disputed contest until the final whistle. Liverpool Despite Liverpool's star-studded attacking set-up, the defensive line-up will not have filled the fans with optimism …
Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Aston Villa came to Anfield and put in a strong performance right from the off, however only doing enough to earn a draw when they may have been four or five up by half-time. Liverpool's abysmal first half added further misery to their recent outings in this fixture. At Anfield last season Aston Villa sat back in a 3-5-1-1 formation, with Andi Weimann slightly behind Benteke. They invited Liverpool into their trap and proved to be explosive on the counter-attack, …
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