Real Madrid should not buy Eden Hazard from Chelsea

I come to bury Eden Hazard, and to praise him. The player whose effortless runs once terrorized Premier League rightbacks is no more. Could he ever come back? Once in a while I scan NYA’s player ratings across different leagues to see if anything unusual is going on. I have a rating for skill in ground duels in possession, and the player I’ve tended to use as a benchmark for this rating is none other than Hazard. The reason is simple: he’s always been among the most dangerous wingers (or lately attacking midfielders) in the world. In a ground duel…
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Marcelo Bielsa, let me save your staff some time

Pretty much everyone in the soccer/football world has heard by now that Marcelo Bielsa sent staff to spy on the training sessions of all of Leeds United’s opponents, that he admitted as much in a press conference, and that he then unveiled a substantial amount of his opposition analysis on Derby County. He also revealed that as many as 20 other people work on opposition analysis at Leeds United, and they spent 360 hours analyzing old Derby matches. And this is where I think I can save them some time. In his own words, here are the key points that…
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What happened to Liverpool’s Naby Keita?

Naby Keita. Just a few years ago, his name evoked fervent exaltation in some sectors of the soccer analytics community – he was the young midfielder who could do it all, with apparently unlimited talents both attacking and defending. Now, he can’t get a game for Liverpool. What happened? To answer this question, I think it’s important to understand where Keita started. Following an impressive maiden season in Europe at Istres, he began 2014-15 playing a combination of defensive midfield and central midfield at Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Even as a defensive midfielder, he pushed the ball…
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