Punching well above their weight or standing out like a sore thumb when it comes to a whole host of different metrics. Feb Start FREE trial to listen. Get access to Zonal Marking and all the quality, in-depth coverage on The Athletic with a free 7-day trial. Running stats explained: Pace, intensity and the Premier League 'plodders'. The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell to delve into the world of running stats and explain the many different ways in which they are used in the modern game.
We'll look at whether the 'distance covered' stats actually mean anything, We'll look at whether the 'distance covered' stats actually mean anything, at how intense pressing sides may end up running less than you think, and the role of tracking data in the recruitment process.
Plus we consult the data to reveal which players top the sprinting, jogging and walking charts in the Premier League. Feb 3. What Chelsea can expect from Thomas Tuchel. We'll study his career to date starting with his first job causing a scene at Mainz, his first big gig at Dortmund We'll study his career to date starting with his first job causing a scene at Mainz, his first big gig at Dortmund where he pushed Bayern close but not close enough and then on to PSG who he guided to the Champions League final last season.
There's a look at how Pep and Klopp influence his tactical style to differing extents, his preference for using his players in a variety of different roles, his knack for getting the best out of his strikers, and of course the big question is what he'll do with his under performing compatriots Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. Jan Mesut Ozil's Arsenal legacy. We remember the excitement which greeted his arrival, the way Arsene We remember the excitement which greeted his arrival, the way Arsene Wenger had to adjust to fit him in to a playmaker-laden squad, and of course we run the numbers to analyse all those assists.
There's also plenty of discussion of how it all unravelled for Ozil at Arsenal. When and why did his numbers start to decline? Why didn't Emery or Arteta ever really trust him? All this plus further reminiscing on his stellar spell at Real Madrid pre-Arsenal, his role in the World Cup win for Germany and a look at what could be in store for him in Turkey as he gets set to join Fenerbahce.
The midfield glossary - 6s, 8s, 10s, Enganches and beyond The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell to bring you the definitive guide to the many, many roles and positions you may find in midfield. What's the difference between a 6 and an 8? What makes a true holding midfielder and is it What makes a true holding midfielder and is it different to the 'Makelele role'? Why do Argentineans love no. What's the difference between an Enganche and a Trequarista? And what on earth is a shuttler?
All these questions and more answered as the ZM pod goes box-to-box for the next fifty-five minutes. What's going wrong at Chelsea? Why have they struggled to beat anyone above them? Why are they so easy to pass through? Is it all down to poor finishing from Werner and bad goalkeeping at the other end?
What would be the ideal midfield with the players they have? What's the best role for Werner and Kai Havertz? These are just some of the questions being asked of Lampard at the moment and we've studied the data and the footage to deliver the answers. Jan 6. An interesting stat from each of the 20 Premier League teams. The Athletic's Michael Cox, Tom Worville and Ali Maxwell round off by looking at all 20 Premier League teams and picking at least one interesting stat, observation or quirk for each of them.
You'll find out which team has taken the most throw-ins, the You'll find out which team has taken the most throw-ins, the player has had zero touches of the ball in his own penalty area, which team is best at 'winning' offsides, and how about the team who have scored the most goals from outside the box but taken the second-most touches in it?
All these and loads more statistical curiosities you never thought you needed to know, until now Dec Is Big Sam more than just a long ball merchant? Is Big Sam really just a boring long ball merchant? The Athletic's Michael Cox, Tom Worville and Ali Maxwell gather to look at the stats, the data and the evidence from Sam Allardyce's career in the aim of answering that very question. From his days as a From his days as a pioneer of Pro-Zone at Bolton, to 'out-tacticing' Jose Mourinho with West Ham, through to his more recent great escapes with Sunderland and Crystal Palace, whatever you think of Big Sam there is certainly a bit more to him than the caricature suggests.
All this plus a look at the situation facing him at his new club West Brom as they sit 19th in the Premier League having won just once this season but crucially still only five points from safety. Do Arsenal have a problem with the 'big games' in the WSL? The Athletic's Michael Cox and Ali Maxwell are joined by our women's football writer Katie Whyatt to look at why Arsenal are struggling in the big WSL games this season after they lost to Manchester City at the weekend, a result which followed up failures to The Athletic's Michael Cox and Ali Maxwell are joined by our women's football writer Katie Whyatt to look at why Arsenal are struggling in the big WSL games this season after they lost to Manchester City at the weekend, a result which followed up failures to win against Manchester United and Chelsea earlier in the season.
We look at how manager Joe Montemurro is responding to increased scrutiny in the face of these disappointing results There's also a look at the WSL more generally as we assess the credentials of the other title challengers which include Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Why have Arsenal become obsessed with crossing the ball? When Mikel Arteta recently referred to Arsenal putting in 33 crosses in one game as "pure maths" it piqued the interest of The Athletic's resident analytical gurus Michael Cox and Tom Worville - what could he mean by such a phrase and is this really a good When Mikel Arteta recently referred to Arsenal putting in 33 crosses in one game as "pure maths" it piqued the interest of The Athletic's resident analytical gurus Michael Cox and Tom Worville - what could he mean by such a phrase and is this really a good idea?
The pair join Ali Maxwell this week to look at why Arsenal have recently become obsessed with slinging the ball into the mixer and to take a broader look at the various problems besetting Arteta's side at the moment as they find themselves in 15th place in the Premier League after 11 games. We also get an informed take from Worville on Dominik Szoboszlai who has been heavily linked with the Gunners and it sounds like he could be just the player Arteta needs to breathe some much-needed creativity back into midfield.
Dec 9. What kind of player is Cristiano Ronaldo? The assumption is that he's changed quite a bit since his days of domination at Real Madrid, but if The assumption is that he's changed quite a bit since his days of domination at Real Madrid, but if you look at the numbers it seems that there may well be a bit more variety to Ronaldo's game since he's gone to Serie A than you think.
We take a look at his career arc from the early days coming through as a brilliant dribbler and speed merchant at Manchester United to his evolution into a ruthless goal machine at Real Madrid, taking us right up to the present day as a year-old icon at Juventus. Dec 2. Half-backs, inverted centre-backs and more unusual positions we're seeing this season. The Athletic's Michael Cox, Tom Worville and Ali Maxwell are back with another tactical masterclass, this week casting their eye on some of the more unconventional roles and positions we've seen a host of players taking up this season in the Premier League and The Athletic's Michael Cox, Tom Worville and Ali Maxwell are back with another tactical masterclass, this week casting their eye on some of the more unconventional roles and positions we've seen a host of players taking up this season in the Premier League and beyond.
Pep Guardiola loves to conjure up interesting roles for his players and Joao Cancelo has gone from a conventional right-back to what we're calling a half-back. Michael and Tom give you their considered verdict on all of the above while Ali witters on about funky full-backs.
Nov Javier Mascherano: the accidental centre-back. The Athletic's Michael Cox and Ali Maxwell are joined by Argentinean football expert Rupert Fryer to celebrate the career of Javier Mascherano as he announced his retirement this week We chart his career starting with the early days coming through at River The Athletic's Michael Cox and Ali Maxwell are joined by Argentinean football expert Rupert Fryer to celebrate the career of Javier Mascherano as he announced his retirement this week We chart his career starting with the early days coming through at River Plate, his move to Corinthians in Brazil, that bizarre spell at West Ham before establishing himself alongside Gerrard and Alonso at Liverpool under Rafa Benitez.
Our focus then turns to his time at Barcelona where things really got interesting as Pep Guardiola, either by luck or design, converted him into a centre-back with surprisingly effective results. There's also discussion of his storied exploits for Argentina, serial runners-up during his time with the national side but not without some memorable highlights along the way, chief among them that tackle on Arjen Robben in the World Cup semi-final.
The top five overachievers across Europe this season. The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell for a whistle-stop tour across Europe to look at five unheralded teams who have found themselves in unexpectedly lofty positions in the league table so far. Starting on home soil with high-pressing Starting on home soil with high-pressing Southampton. We also head over to Italy to look at a swashbuckling Sassuolo side, before crossing to Spain to look at the surprising top two of Real Sociedad, who we think could be the real deal, and Villareal who are of course managed by Unai Emery.
There's also a trip north of the border for some detail on Rangers, currently nine points ahead of Celtic, with The Athletic's Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell Will any of these sides go the distance and deliver on their early promise? We look at the numbers and the eye test to give you our verdict.
Surviving the difficult second season in the Premier League. The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell for the second part of our series looking at the challenges teams face after being promoted to the Premier League. This week we look at the various ways teams have gone about trying to establish This week we look at the various ways teams have gone about trying to establish themselves in their second season after staying up.
Looking at how Leicester managed to famously win the league in their most recent second season, back-to-back 7th placed finishes for Wolves, to Burnley's less heralded Europa League clincher in , we examine what you need to do to thrive after you've survived. Nov 4. How to survive your first season in the Premier League. The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell to debate the 'do's and dont's' for a maiden season in the top flight of English football Is it better to sack or stick with the manager who brought you up?
Discard the playing style and sure Discard the playing style and sure things up at the back? Splash the cash in the market or trust in the players who won so many games last year? The Zonal Marking team delve into the Premier League archives to find out Oct Bad Stats - where we are all getting it wrong when talking about football. The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell to get a few things off their chests about the use of statistics in the general conversation around football.
Do assists really tell us anything about creativity? Why do we harp on about manager Why do we harp on about manager win percentages? Does it really matter that Team A haven't won at Team B's ground for 27 years? And don't get us started on pass completion percentage. All these and loads more sloppy statistics are picked apart, but it's not just one big moan-fest as the guys also provide some suggestions as to how we can be smarter with the data in the future.
How does Guardiola get Man City back on top? The Athletic's Michael Cox and Sam Lee join Ali Maxwell to look at Manchester City's start to the season and assess the ways Pep Guardiola's side have changed their tactical approach since they last won the title. Why did they come up so short so often Why did they come up so short so often last season? What went wrong in the Champions League? Are there early signs of the same problems being an issue this season?
Have we underestimated the loss of Leroy Sane and David Silva? Are we too quick to pounce on Pep at the first sign of anything going wrong? Why have there been so many goals in the Premier League this season? The Athletic's Michael Cox joins Ali Maxwell to assess what has been a goal-tastic start to the season in the Premier League as we head into the international break.
They look at the numbers and the tactics to try and understand why there have been so many They look at the numbers and the tactics to try and understand why there have been so many goals, high-scoring games and a distinct lack of draws in the opening weeks of the season.
Oct 8. AC Milan: the history and reawakening of a sleeping giant. Taking the lead from James recent behind-the-scenes piece on the club we cast our eye back through the history Taking the lead from James recent behind-the-scenes piece on the club we cast our eye back through the history books to examine the great sides and coaches that built the legend, before examining the past decade of disappointment, and finally looking at whether the present day set-up is poised to restore the Rossoneri to its former glory as they prepare to move away from the famous San Siro.
Sep Every Premier League squad profiled. The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell to profile every Premier League squad by average age, depth of quality and numerous other quirks along the way. Who is well-stocked across the pitch? Who are the unsung players who could have good Who are the unsung players who could have good seasons?
Who could yet dip into the market for a bit more depth? All this and more answered in this week's ZM pod. Explained: Why left-footed centre-backs are so in demand. The Athletic's Michael Cox and Tom Worville join Ali Maxwell to look at the tactical and technical reasons as to why left-footed centre-backs are so in demand and so important to a lot of managers in modern football.
Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta both made Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta both made it a priority to increase their options in this department in recent months, and we've looked at the data and the footage to examine exactly how much difference being able to use your left foot can make when playing out from the back We also look at some potential options for teams who could perhaps benefit from bringing in a left-footed centre back such as Tottenham who have lost Jan Vertonghen, and Leicester who recently fielded an entire staring XI of right-footed players.
Looking at the fine margins that saw Bayern edge out PSG, paying particular attention to the Looking at the fine margins that saw Bayern edge out PSG, paying particular attention to the pressing game of PSG, how Bayern effectively used the switch of possession and cleverly deployed their wingers.
Elsewhere the guys have an eye on the future as they assess whether Hansi Flick could be about to preside over an era of European dominance for this Bayern side. There were 29 goals in 36 games for Juve's unders side, 12 goals and five assists in 20 games for the unders alongside a host of goals throughout Italy's youth levels. The Toffees have been crying out for someone to replace Romelu Lukaku. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Oumar Niasse and Cenk Tosun haven't been able to hit the same heights as the Belgian and it has been one of the areas which has been holding Everton back.
Kean's arrival should finally do the job given some of the creativity in this Everton side. Gylfi Sigurdsson has continued to demonstrate why he is one of the best players in his position and Lucas Digne provides a presence from set-piece situations.
Finally, a word on a few other outsiders to consider. If VAR truly is madness this season and we are seeing penalties given left, right and centre then look towards Crystal Palace's Luke Milivojevic. Playing in defensive midfield, Milivojevic netted 12 goals in total last season, the majority coming from the spot. An outstanding striker who has the all-round attributes to justify the price tag, this year-old scored 25 last season and was only beaten by Teemu Pukki in the Sky Bet Championship scoring charts.
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