Analysis

How has Tottenham’s squad utilisation changed from Nuno to Conte?

Premier League winning manager Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at the beginning of November to rejuvenate a lethargic Tottenham side that had lost four of their six league games and were in danger of going out of the European Conference League. As the Italian has now been in charge for 12 games, it is…

How nailed is Reece James?

Chelsea right-back Reece James poses an interesting fantasy conundrum for managers. He is part of a formidable defence that kept 19 clean sheets under Thomas Tuchel in the German’s 30 games (all competitions) in charge during the latter stages of the 2020-21 season. The 21-year-old England national also poses a potent attacking threat as one…

How does Guardiola approach rotation at the beginning of a season?

Pep Guardiola is as infamous for his tactical ingenuity as he is for his propensity to rotate players at what feels like a whim. Last year, he played left-backs Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko in the same starting line-up, as well as giving third-choice goalkeeper Scott Carson a Premier League run-out. Those types of curveballs…

Analysing the Euro 2020 Semi-Finalists: Player Freshness

On Tuesday and Wednesday night, the semi-final stage of Euro 2020 will take place at Wembley Stadium in London. Italy, Denmark, England and Spain are the four national teams left in the competition, but each has had a different journey to this point. Spain has had to come through extra-time twice to beat Croatia and…

How has Tuchel utilised Chelsea’s squad differently to Lampard?

Whenever a manager is replaced partway through a season, personnel and tactical changes typically follow as the new coach wants to put their stamp on the squad. Chelsea are no different in this respect. After sacking Frank Lampard in January, new manager Thomas Tuchel has certainly made changes to the team by converting from two…

What effect has Jota’s arrival had on Liverpool’s forward rotation?

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as a forward three were central to Liverpool’s European and domestic success over the past two seasons. However, the Reds lacked viable options to rotate their principal forwards to keep them fresh and prevent burn out, leaving them vulnerable if one of the three picked up a serious…

What has happened to Liverpool’s attack?

One reason to explain Liverpool’s significant drop-off in points this season is the lack of goals scored by Jurgen Klopp’s side. During the first 27 matches of the 2019-20 Premier League season, the Reds found the net 64 times. This year, they have managed it on just 47 occasions – a decrease of 26.6%. You…