Blindside Movements And Mental Overloads: Breaking Down Maurizio Sarri’s Tactics

When you watch Napoli’s games under Maurizio Sarri, one thing that will jump to your mind is that they play a lot of passes, especially short passes. Napoli passed 11.5 times per percentage of possession last season, leading all 134 teams in the top flight of seven leagues in Europe (Bundesliga, Eredivisie, La Liga, Liga … Continue reading Blindside Movements And Mental Overloads: Breaking Down Maurizio Sarri’s Tactics

How do the transfers of Leonardo Bonucci, Mattia De Sciglio and Wojciech Szczesny impact Juventus’ defense?

Numerous articles have been written on the departure of Leonardo Bonucci and the arrivals of Mattia De Sciglio and Wojciech Szczesny. This piece is different from the others. I am taking an analytical approach to measuring the impact of these transfers. There are no video highlights in this piece. In a way, the stats are … Continue reading How do the transfers of Leonardo Bonucci, Mattia De Sciglio and Wojciech Szczesny impact Juventus’ defense?

Measuring the performance of every defender in Serie A

For a particular team, say Juventus, I compiled the number of shot they conceded in every Serie A game last season. The number of shots was then divided by the amount of the possession that the opponent enjoyed in that match. This method is to calculate how efficient an opponent could generate a scoring opportunity … Continue reading Measuring the performance of every defender in Serie A

Did set pieces win Chelsea the Premier League?

After Manchester United beat Watford in February, Jose Mourinho told BBC that “Chelsea are a very good defensive team. They defend very well and with lots of players, and I think in this situation a very defensive team wins the title with counter-attack goals and set-piece goals, so I don’t believe that they will let it slip, … Continue reading Did set pieces win Chelsea the Premier League?

How the evolution of football has affected Messi and Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two best footballers in the last decade. They share nine FIFA Ballon d’Ors, eight UEFA Champions Leagues, ten La Liga titles and seven Copa del Reys. Ronaldo and Messi register 620 and 592 goals respectively, placing them as the 6th and 7th highest goal scorers in the history of … Continue reading How the evolution of football has affected Messi and Ronaldo

Juventus needs to face a new reality

Most supporters, even the neutral critics, believed that this was Juventus' year to lift the Champions League trophy. The management made every decision right to improve the team. Core players like Leonardo Bonucci, Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic looked to be playing their best football. Veterans like Gigi Buffon and Dani Alves were still playing … Continue reading Juventus needs to face a new reality

Did Luciano Spalletti have a team of Gladiators or Chokers?

Roma have finished second place in Serie A, behind Juventus. Having crashed out of Coppa Italia and the Europa League as well, Roma will endure another trophy-less season, a disappointment for a team stacked with top talents in every position. What went wrong? Is Roma the gladiator that its fans hope for, or the choker that its … Continue reading Did Luciano Spalletti have a team of Gladiators or Chokers?

Juventus vs. Real Madrid tactical preview: Can Real’s powerful offense break down Juve’s rock-solid defense?

Real Madrid is excellent offensively. They have scored 32 goals and average 2.67 goals per game in the Champions League this season. But these figures do not reflect how efficient Real Madrid's offense is. The aim of the offensive phase of a team is to generate shots so that they can score goals, and Real … Continue reading Juventus vs. Real Madrid tactical preview: Can Real’s powerful offense break down Juve’s rock-solid defense?

Tactical Analysis: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United | Mourinho’s brilliant tactics render Ajax lifeless in the final

By beating Ajax to win the Europa League, Jose Mourinho believed that Manchester Untied had completed a treble this season. His supporters and critics have different opinions on his statement. But whether you agree with him or not, Europa League is the most important trophy for Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson has retired. Winning … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United | Mourinho’s brilliant tactics render Ajax lifeless in the final

Allegri and Juventus got a lot of things right in Monaco

Monaco started last Wednesday night’s first leg of the Champions League semifinals with two changes of their usual lineup, with Djibril Sidibé replacing Benjamin Mendy as the left back while Nabil Dirar, a right winger, played as the right back. Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri fielded the usual 4-2-3-1, but with Andrea Barzagli slotted into the … Continue reading Allegri and Juventus got a lot of things right in Monaco