Premier League stats: Manchester City could improve on last season, says Gracenote

09 October, 2018, 03:15 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Klopp and his City counterpart Pep Guardiola were satisfied with their team's displays in a tight, tactical encounter which finished 0-0 at Anfield, but the German was clearly frustrated to now lose his players for worldwide duty. Before the season started I thought United and Liverpool would both be close to City this time.

Where feasible, they have then compared it with data from last season's corresponding game against the same opponents.

He noted that his England midfielder Jordan Henderson had barely two weeks' rest following the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Cityzens are level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool but their goal differential is better than the other two.

It has become something of an insult in the modern game to accuse a team of "parking the bus" when they emerge with their goal unbreached and intact.

Statisticians analyse a wide range of shots from Premier League history and, based on factors including the distance from goal, the angle of the shot and the type of opportunity it is, they are able to assign an xG value (expressed as a percentage) to every attempt to determine just how good a chance it is.

"If somebody would have told me after eight match days you have 20 points, I would say with that fixture list 'I'll buy it, let's start with the ninth match day!'"

"I am really happy with what the boys did. It happens, so we had to move on", the England defender said.

"My respect for Pep Guardiola couldn't be bigger, he is the world's best manager and that makes it so hard, but so exciting to play his teams". It showed we can do both - have the ball and be very strong as well.

Guardiola acknowledged that his side had chosen to lower the tempo in the game to limit the potency of Liverpool's attack.

In that season the Reds went on to concede one goal in a 4-1 victory over Norwich City in their ninth game.

It was particularly tough to take for Jesus, who was keen to take the penalty only to be ushered away by Mahrez, who has missed five of his past eight penalties.

"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that. In that situation they are much better", added the Spaniard.

"I am so comfortable with the performance".

The previously unstoppable Liverpool registered just two efforts on target, with City mustering the same. "At Anfield, that is so complicated".

My view is that the back four of Liverpool have proven themselves today - they didn't need to because they've done well in the last six-to-12 months but today was another test for them.



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