Tottenham 2 Chelsea 4: Stats & Tactical Match Analysis

Tottenham 2 Chelsea 4: Stats & Tactical Match Analysis

Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league this season and before this game Tottenham were undefeated in all competitions since September 1st. With the subtext surrounding Andre Villas Boas' first game against his former club and club captain John Terry said to start his ban for racial abuse, the game was set to be a spectacle both on and off the pitch - and it certainly provided on the pitch. The Line Ups Chelsea lined up largely as was expected of …
Chelsea 4 Norwich 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 4 Norwich 1 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea entered this game unbeaten in this year's Premier League and off the back of two very different but nonetheless equally impressive wins against Arsenal and FC Nordjsælland. Chris Hughton has had a rather troubled start to his Norwich career, failing to pick up a win in any of his six Premier League games. Line ups The line ups here are largely as expected, the only change for Chelsea compared to the side who played Arsenal is that Lampard comes …
QPR vs West Ham: Tactical Analysis

QPR vs West Ham: Tactical Analysis

West Ham secure their first away league win of the season with a hard fought 2-1 victory over QPR at Loftus Road . The defeat sees QPR remain bottom on the division on goal difference with just 2 points from 6 games thus far. The result was earned by through a combination of West Ham's hard work and domination of the first half aided by Mark Hughes somewhat surprising starting line up which never quite worked. Line Ups Mark Hughes …
Tactical Analysis: Norwich 2 Liverpool 5

Tactical Analysis: Norwich 2 Liverpool 5

Both sides went into this fixture without a league win this season, what resulted was a convincing performance and victory for Liverpool, with Luis Suarez scoring a hat trick. Line Ups Norwich made wholesale changes to their team that beat Doncaster 1-0 in the League Cup. Grant Holt was again left out of the starting team, with Simeon Jackson and Steve Morison preferred. Liverpool also made nine changes from the midweek win at West Brom. Nuri Şahin’s double meant he …
Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Stoke City 0

Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Stoke City 0

Chelsea is top of the table after a scrapping to a 1-0 win over a disciplined Stoke side. The 85th minute winner, courtesy of Ashley Cole perhaps papers over the cracks of what was a tactically poor display from Chelsea. Line Ups Chelsea’s two changes from the midweek draw against Juventus were to rest John Terry and Frank Lampard. In their place came Gary Cahill and Juan Mata. This was Roberto Di Matteo’s first chance to test out the young …
Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Arsenal produced a fluid and dominant display as they dispatched a hapless, newly promoted, Southampton. The game ended 6-1 but was over when Podolski smashed home a 30th minute free-kick to make it 2-0. Line-Ups Arsenal set out a somewhat experimental front three, with Gervinho chosen to lead the line in the middle ahead of new signing Olivier Giroud. He was flanked by Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal played a 4-2-3-1 and had a wealth of attacking talent, with …
Systems of Play - How misleading are they? Tactical Analysis

Systems of Play - How misleading are they? Tactical Analysis

Systems of Play - 'Governs the way players act individually and together with others on the pitch' Are systems of play (formations) misleading? Do they show a true representation of what happens during the 90 minutes? Do they even matter? These are questions I ask myself every day. Running alongside my coaching and scouting, I also work as a football analyst. The role requires me to observe and create a report of the opposition highlighting key players, pattern of plays, transitions, …

Team GB 1 South Korea 1 - Ji's Goal Analysis

Somewhat predictably, Team GB lost on penalties to South Korea last night in yet another quarter-final exit. This article is not meant to be a review of the game as such; what it attempts to provide is an understanding of how Team GB conceded the opening goal (scored by a Premier League player) from South Korea. The move for the opening goal began just inside the South Korean half. Sturridge didn't press the defender very hard, which allowed the South Korean …
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