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The art of shot placement and why Diogo Jota is a master

Hitting the target and making the goalkeeper work is no longer good enough at the very top level. More often than not, chances are at a premium in the must-win clashes and failing to make the most of an opportunity is viewed as a waste. What’s more, these must-win matches are becoming increasingly more common.…

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The evolution of Team-o Werner

Chelsea found themselves in an odd place as the new season kicked off. Their spending spree heaped the pressure on Frank Lampard and his side, with the view that they should be challenging for the Premier League title. However, the large number of arrivals also appeared to lessen the expectations being placed on the team,…

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Explaining Peter Bosz’s Bayer Leverkusen resurgence

Bayer Leverkusen are one of only two unbeaten teams in the Bundesliga this season. They’re currently one point off leaders Bayern Munich and after a slow start – scoring three goals in their opening four matches – the floodgates have opened.   Peter Bosz’s side have notched 13 in their last four outings in the German…

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Do Manchester City play worse when they’re winning?

There’s something strange going on with Manchester’s Premier League teams. For a start, at the time of writing, both of their points totals combined would only put them four points clear of top spot. But also, Manchester City might get worse when they’re winning. When drawing, their shot maps for and against in the league…

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Debunking the Liverpool ‘defensive crisis’ myth

Since day one of the season for Liverpool, a narrative has been pushed that defensively they’re not as secure this time around. Virgil van Dijk had a lapse in judgement against Leeds United to gift Patrick Bamford a goal and Marcelo Bielsa’s team carved out multiple openings against the champions. In reality, a number of…

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Inside the world of Twenty3 Smart Graphics

In a world where we have Siri, cars that park themselves, and roombas, why manually make graphics by typing in all the text yourself? Why not just hook up bespoke, branded templates directly to a database, a suite of data visualisations, and your image library? Sounds useful. Sounds smart. Well, that gives us a perfect…

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Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United’s franchise player

Bruno Fernandes has transformed Manchester United. The Portuguese maestro has been a creative menace for the Red Devils ever since his £50million move from Sporting in January. The 26-year-old quickly put his stamp on the team and he’s now viewed as the club’s franchise player, with Paul Pogba having to settle for a place on…

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The tactics behind Stefano Pioli’s Milan Renaissance

Milan didn’t pick up their 16th point of the season until their 14th match of the 2019/20 campaign when Theo Hernandez scored the winner in the 88th minute against Parma. With just six games on the board this time around, the Rossoneri have already equalled that tally.  Stefano Pioli’s men are the early pace-setters in…

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Why two false nines are better than one for Southampton

Southampton toppled Premier League leaders Everton on Sunday in what was one of their most controlled and ruthless performances of the season. The visitors had less of the ball (45 per cent), attempted fewer passes (509 to 610) and were limited to just two shots on target. The in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin completed just six passes…

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