In the last international break I looked at the TSR (total shots ratio) and schedule strength of the 20 teams in the Premier League. TSR is a good indicator of a team’s actual performance after a small number of games. It has some obvious Continue reading
Disclaimer: stats can be misleading and context is important.
- Which Premier League teams have started well and who looks like early relegation candidates?
Total shot ratio or TSR is a simple statistics that can show how a team is performing. Shots are necessarily far more common than goals, so over a small number of games they are less affected by luck. Of course, not every Continue reading
All statistics are from the excellent WhoScored.com.
1. Spurs are putting a lot of pressure on their opponents.
Tottenham are 6th for tackles, 4th for interceptions and 4th for fouls committed in the Premier League this year.
Pochettino likes his teams to press energetically and stop the opponents from having time on the ball. Continue reading
Erik Lamela has had a great start to the season, finally delivering on the promise that saw Spurs pay a club record £30 Million for his services. He was arguably the man of the match in our demolition of QPR, changed the game in Tottenham’s favour with two assists when he came on as a substitute against AEL Limassol and even scored a wonderful goal against World Champions Germany, when called up by Argentina on Friday. A far cry from his injury hit performances last season.
However, amongst the positives there has been one disappointment Continue reading
I have recently been reading quite a lot about the statistical analysis of football. Two sites I’ve found particularly interesting are: Continue reading
Pochettino with Bielsa
Mauricio Pochettino is the current favourite to be named the next Spurs manager. The Argentine coach has been heavily influenced by his compatriot Marcelo Bielsa – the legendary tactician behind Chile’s wonderful football at the last World Cup and Athletic Bilbao’s destruction of Manchester United in 2012. Pochettino’s time as a player and manager at Espanyol, the “other” team in Barcelona, has also had a part to play in developing his footballing philosophy.
So, what style do his teams play?
A look at Spurs’ season in picture form.
Note: All statistics are for league games as of 04 April 2014.
1. Problems when facing the top teams:
Percentage of the 44 goals Spurs have conceded