up the line from the full back. Henderson moved over onto the flank also deeper than Coutinho to give him an option if he couldn't progress - which he couldn't so passed to Hendo.
At this point we had our left 8 and our 6 both on the left flank. Gini tucked in as the 6.
Hendo tried to pass the ball into sturridge's feet - but we lose the ball. He shouldn't have though because you don't pass into a central underload - if you lose the ball they can just immediately attack right through the middle - which is what happened.
Patrick van Aanholt
That is 41 full backs in total.
*Data from whoscored, filtered by position played to only include time played at full back
He was our deep controller. He usually decided the tempo of the game, even decided the point of attack. He stayed outside the attack itself as a passing option to refocus our attack elsewhere, hoover up clearances and support the defence in dealing with long balls forward.
At Barcelona, Xabi was their controller but often did so higher up the pitch - as an 'advanced controller' and this looks a lot more like what we role want Keita to perform.
He isn't dropping in the CB as much to help them move the ball forward, he is providing an option
What I mean by that is, with goalkeepers we tend to jump on the ones who make obvious errors, such as Karius. The reason being it is easy to see, everyone else will see it, you can't be wrong calling it out - it is highly visible and memorable.
It's low hanging fruit analysis.
However, a player probably makes only a few of those big errors per season and they tend to be random, unpredictable & not really linked to anything specific that is a problem.
What coaches look for, are things that are a problem underpinning an aspect of the game - limitations
Chelsea XI is also interesting. Gutted Kante is fit for this - he ruined us in the Super Cup. Though think Gini will fare better than Milner did that day. Mount also makes it. Looks like he is reverting from a back 3 to a back 4 also.
as the RCM, then they are behind the midfield line and attacking the back 4. However, if you have a 1-2 triangle, Henderson presses and Fabinho is staggered behind to provide 'depth'.
Likewise, if Mane is pressuring their full back on our left, Robertson doesn't follow in and do the same, but sits off to provide that depth. That means one move doesn't take two defenders out of the game, he would have to beat Mane and then Robertson.
Centre-backs at the top 6 teams in the premier league:-
- Only includes players who have played 630+ minutes (7 games)
- Size = Minutes Played
- Colour = Team
Redone as it cut Gomez name first time despite being told to always show.
Also just to add, saying someone is better/worse based on a couple of metrics would be wrong. But you absolutely want your CBs as high up & to the right as possible here. Losing duels is never a positive.
You want to look at stuff like how much someone is dribbled past, giving the ball away in their own half, getting caught in possession, mistakes leading to shots as well as team metrics when involved... because you are part of a defensive unit & teamwork + communication are vital
It's an interesting question. One of the problems is there is no public facing data for pressure itself really out there. The clubs get this data (I believe from TRACAB) but it isn't in the public domain unlike Opta data.
@MaddockMirror Which you can find in lots of sources and drives sites like Squawka, Understat and the likes.
The hack to this is using PPDA - Which is the number of PASSES a team is completing inside their own half of the pitch PER DEFENSIVE ACTION of the opponent.
@MaddockMirror So it works on the assumption that the higher you are pressing, the more you disrupt the passing of the opposition. This isn't always true though - as good sides will still play through a poor press. But the press still occurs. For example Liv v WHA first game of the season.