As analytics have become more wide spread throughout the footballing world, it is becoming more and more obvious about the potential gains to be had. Are you actually creating as good chances as you think you are? Did you really deserve to win that game? Not everyone has access to an analysis department to inform and impact your coaching from a data perspective, but there are some things you can do.
Bayern Munich dazzled all football fans in the confrontation against Chelsea in February. But those interested in the Bundesliga and more particularly the Bavarian club know that the remarkable transformation of Bayern Munich coincides with the arrival of Hans-Dieter Flick, last November.
As a proud Irishman I grew up with the accepted belief that Ireland would never qualify for a World Cup or European Championships. We were always the bridesmaids and had many 'near things' without getting over the final hurdle and reaching a major finals.
Set plays have been a major part of football and certain teams rely on these to help score goals that could see them promoted or relegated. In the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 42% of goals in the World Cup had came from set plays or penalties, beating the previous record of 36% from the 1998 World Cup and smashing the portion of goals from these situations in 2014 (27%), 2010 (24%), 2002 (29%) and 1994 (33%).