Good ball retention starts from the goalkeeper

November 26, 2011


David de Gea
“This week, there have been three obvious examples of sides conceding cheap goals by conceding possession on the edge of their own penalty box. First, Angel Rangel gave the ball away for Javier Hernandez’s winner in Swansea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. Then, John Obi Mikel was dispossessed by Charlie Adam for Liverpool’s opener in their 2-1 win at Chelsea. Finally, Benfica scored their second in the 2-2 Champions League draw at Old Trafford when David De Gea misplaced a pass.” Zonal Marking

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Measuring performances in the Eredivisie – Goal scoring chances

November 26, 2011

“Regular followers of the blog know by now that I try to take a particular interest in measuring the performances of football teams, and should more and better data be available in the future, of individual players too. This post continues that trend, being the first of a planned three-part mini series looking at team performances in the Eredivisie, with 13 of all 34 games played.” 11 tegen 11: Measuring performances in the Eredivisie – Goal scoring chances, Measuring performances in the Eredivisie – Shot Accuracy, Measuring performances in the Eredivisie – Conversion


World Soccer Daily: 10 stories you need to read, November 25th, 2011

November 26, 2011

“Milan have opened talks with Carlos Tevez’s advisors about a January move for the Manchester City striker. At present, there have been no direct talks between City and Milan over the transfer as Tevez’s advisor first seeks to broker a deal with the Italian champions. Although negotiations are at an early stage, it’s understood that both parties have reached agreement on a couple of significant issues that have stalled his career at City: Tevez will not leave the country when Milan have a game scheduled and, provided he’s in the mood for it, the Argentinian has even deigned to play football when asked to do so by his coach.” World Soccer (Video)


Premier League’s best struggle in Champions League group stage

November 26, 2011


Franck Ribéry
“Twelve Champions League thoughts from Round 5 of the Group Stage…” SI


Dukla hold firm as Sparta lack ruthlessness

November 26, 2011

“Sparta Praha 0-0 Dukla Praha. A stroke of tactical genius by Luboš Kozel combined with some resolute defending from the Dukla Praha defence saw Sparta Praha stumble to their third successive winless games in front of their own fans. The result will have done no favours for the management duo of Josef Chovanec and Martin Hašek who are rumoured to be moved on by the Sparta hierarchy over the winter break. Sparta lined up in the same manner that they did in their 4-0 demolition of Bohemians 1905 on Monday, and going into the game many expected a similar score-line against another of their cross-town rivals.” The Czech Up


Scudamore Misses the Moment On Racism

November 26, 2011

“So, the English Premier League will not be staging that dreaded 39th game overseas any time soon, which perhaps allows some of those grassroots fans to be thankful for something while they see the rest of their game being taken away. Chief executive Richard Scudamore certainly wanted to distance himself not only from his own failed idea but also from Scottish Premier League chief Neil Doncaster’s idea of taking the Old Firm abroad, which could be taken as simply a throw-away comment or a cheeky notice to Mr. Doncaster not to send him a holiday card.” twohundredpercent


Game of the Week: Liverpool 2, Chelsea 1

November 26, 2011

“The Reducer figures there’s never really a right time to get your lunch money snatched by a 60-year-old Glaswegian, but that being said, Andre Villas-Boas really picked the wrong Sunday to run into Kenny Dalglish. Leading up to the Stamford Bridge clash between Liverpool and Chelsea over the weekend, Villas-Boas, while still cutting as suave a figure as ever, was losing some of his cool. The Blues, in order, lost to QPR in a match in which their delightful captain John Terry (allegedly) racially abused Anton Ferdinand, just squeaked by Everton in a Carling Cup match, got tonked by Arsenal, drew with Genk (Genk!), and barely beat Blackburn.” Grantland (Video)