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The numbers that suggest Sp**s have been even worse than you think​


By Charlie Eccleshare

We may only be five league games into the new season, but already there are plenty of areas of concern for Tottenham Hotspur. The lack of goals, the absence of much creativity, the ease with which opponents are getting shots away. Almost everything, really.

Judged solely on results, Tottenham have not actually started the season too badly. They are in seventh position, and nine points from their five games so far is around par, given they’ve had three winnable fixtures bookended by matches against both of last season’s Champions League finalists.
But based on their performances, most Sp**s fans have pretty fundamental concerns. In many cases, this is based primarily on the eye test of Sp**s looking short of attacking ideas and appearing unlikely to score.
Sometimes our eyes can deceive us, though, and a look at the numbers can suggest that actually the situation is more healthy than it appears.

Sadly for Sp**s fans, that is not the case with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with the numbers suggesting they are currently falling short in pretty much all areas.


It’s worth pointing out first of all that with everything so far this season, we are talking about a very small sample size. There’s plenty of time for Tottenham to turn things around, and Nuno has been without a number of his first-choice players for much of the campaign so far.
And with the attacking numbers, the Sp**s head coach could point to the fact that for the vast majority of the first three games of the season, his team were achieving the result they wanted and therefore did not need to push for more goals. Though the counter to that would be that against Wolves and Watford in particular, it would hardly have been cavalier for Sp**s to have pushed on and looked more aggressively to try and score again to kill the game.

In any case, after five Premier League matches, Sp**s have the lowest expected goals (xG) of any team in the division, with a total of 4.4. Essentially this means that no team has created a lower quality of chances in their games so far than Tottenham.


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Sp**s have also had the second fewest shots (46, an average of 9.2 per game) and created the joint-fewest number of big chances (2).

Sp**s’ lack of creativity has translated to a paucity of goals — only three teams have scored fewer, and they haven’t scored from open play since their opening game of the season against Manchester City.
It’s early days but these are alarming numbers, supporting the well-documented notion that Sp**s have badly lacked creativity in the opening weeks of the season. Hopefully the returning Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele will help in this regard, but it’s also imperative that if Harry Kane is going to drop into deeper areas, he has runners in behind to feed balls into.

On Sunday against Chelsea, the absence of Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn meant that besides Son Heung-min through the middle, he often had no one to try and pick out. Lo Celso is a talented footballer but he is not quick and is not going to offer an option in behind opposition defenders.
It’s worth pointing out that Sp**s also struggled to create chances last year, and so this is by no means a new issue. Their xG for 2020-21 was 53.8, which equates to a pretty meagre 1.4 goals per game. They ended up outscoring that by 14, posting a total of 68 goals, thanks largely to the world-class finishing of Kane and Son. The latter in particular scored way more than the xG model would have predicted based on the quality of chances that came his way (16 non-penalty goals compared with a non-penalty xG of 8.9). No one else in the division came closest to outscoring their xG by Son’s 7.1 margin. The next closest was actually another Tottenham forward in Gareth Bale, whose 11 goals was 4.7 more than his xG of 6.3.
son_xg_above.png

But even for a player as lethal as Son, it’s unrealistic to expect that level of elite finishing all the time. And that’s where the unsustainability of creating so few chances is exposed, especially in games like the one at Crystal Palace where he was unavailable through injury.
Sp**s’ struggles to create chances have also been brought into sharp relief by their defensive lapses over the last couple of matches. In the early weeks of the season, three straight 1-0 wins made it easier to push them to the back of one’s mind.

Overall, Sp**s have conceded the third-most shots of all Premier League teams (90), and the fifth-highest expected goals against (xGA) at 9.6. With that in mind, conceding six goals in their last two matches suddenly feels like less of a surprise.

Another charge levelled at Sp**s so far this season — and going back further — is that it’s hard to pick up on a discernible style of play.

Using data from Statsbomb via FBref, we can dig into this a bit, and again the numbers are not very encouraging. Once renowned for their pressing under Mauricio Pochettino, Sp**s are currently the worst team in the division when it comes to percentage of successful pressures (the percentage of times a team regained the ball within five seconds of applying pressure). They are also the worst when it comes to percentage of tackles won, with 51.4.

Nor do they get on the ball a great deal — only five teams have averaged less than their 44 per cent possession per game. And while at Wolves Nuno’s best teams had Adama Traore and others hurtling up the wing, that has not been the case for Sp**s so far. They are 18th for both the number of progressive carries and the total distance of those carries. This chimes with the fact that the City and Wolves games aside, Sp**s have rarely carried much of a threat on the counter.

Five games is of course barely any time at all, and many of the issues Nuno is facing predate his time in charge. The first half of Sunday’s game against Chelsea meanwhile suggested at least that lessons had been learned from the previous weekend’s defensive set-up and dismal display at Crystal Palace.
Reflecting on that defeat by Chelsea on Sunday, Nuno explained that: “We are going to analyse, there are lots of things we have to look at.”
As basic as it sounds, the first thing Nuno must look at is the way in which his team give up so many chances while creating so few. Until that changes, results will likely get worse before they get better.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: b-b-but!!?
 

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The numbers that suggest Sp**s have been even worse than you think​


By Charlie Eccleshare

We may only be five league games into the new season, but already there are plenty of areas of concern for Tottenham Hotspur. The lack of goals, the absence of much creativity, the ease with which opponents are getting shots away. Almost everything, really.

Judged solely on results, Tottenham have not actually started the season too badly. They are in seventh position, and nine points from their five games so far is around par, given they’ve had three winnable fixtures bookended by matches against both of last season’s Champions League finalists.
But based on their performances, most Sp**s fans have pretty fundamental concerns. In many cases, this is based primarily on the eye test of Sp**s looking short of attacking ideas and appearing unlikely to score.
Sometimes our eyes can deceive us, though, and a look at the numbers can suggest that actually the situation is more healthy than it appears.

Sadly for Sp**s fans, that is not the case with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with the numbers suggesting they are currently falling short in pretty much all areas.


It’s worth pointing out first of all that with everything so far this season, we are talking about a very small sample size. There’s plenty of time for Tottenham to turn things around, and Nuno has been without a number of his first-choice players for much of the campaign so far.
And with the attacking numbers, the Sp**s head coach could point to the fact that for the vast majority of the first three games of the season, his team were achieving the result they wanted and therefore did not need to push for more goals. Though the counter to that would be that against Wolves and Watford in particular, it would hardly have been cavalier for Sp**s to have pushed on and looked more aggressively to try and score again to kill the game.

In any case, after five Premier League matches, Sp**s have the lowest expected goals (xG) of any team in the division, with a total of 4.4. Essentially this means that no team has created a lower quality of chances in their games so far than Tottenham.


4.42

Sp**s have also had the second fewest shots (46, an average of 9.2 per game) and created the joint-fewest number of big chances (2).

Sp**s’ lack of creativity has translated to a paucity of goals — only three teams have scored fewer, and they haven’t scored from open play since their opening game of the season against Manchester City.
It’s early days but these are alarming numbers, supporting the well-documented notion that Sp**s have badly lacked creativity in the opening weeks of the season. Hopefully the returning Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele will help in this regard, but it’s also imperative that if Harry Kane is going to drop into deeper areas, he has runners in behind to feed balls into.

On Sunday against Chelsea, the absence of Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn meant that besides Son Heung-min through the middle, he often had no one to try and pick out. Lo Celso is a talented footballer but he is not quick and is not going to offer an option in behind opposition defenders.
It’s worth pointing out that Sp**s also struggled to create chances last year, and so this is by no means a new issue. Their xG for 2020-21 was 53.8, which equates to a pretty meagre 1.4 goals per game. They ended up outscoring that by 14, posting a total of 68 goals, thanks largely to the world-class finishing of Kane and Son. The latter in particular scored way more than the xG model would have predicted based on the quality of chances that came his way (16 non-penalty goals compared with a non-penalty xG of 8.9). No one else in the division came closest to outscoring their xG by Son’s 7.1 margin. The next closest was actually another Tottenham forward in Gareth Bale, whose 11 goals was 4.7 more than his xG of 6.3.
son_xg_above.png

But even for a player as lethal as Son, it’s unrealistic to expect that level of elite finishing all the time. And that’s where the unsustainability of creating so few chances is exposed, especially in games like the one at Crystal Palace where he was unavailable through injury.
Sp**s’ struggles to create chances have also been brought into sharp relief by their defensive lapses over the last couple of matches. In the early weeks of the season, three straight 1-0 wins made it easier to push them to the back of one’s mind.

Overall, Sp**s have conceded the third-most shots of all Premier League teams (90), and the fifth-highest expected goals against (xGA) at 9.6. With that in mind, conceding six goals in their last two matches suddenly feels like less of a surprise.

Another charge levelled at Sp**s so far this season — and going back further — is that it’s hard to pick up on a discernible style of play.

Using data from Statsbomb via FBref, we can dig into this a bit, and again the numbers are not very encouraging. Once renowned for their pressing under Mauricio Pochettino, Sp**s are currently the worst team in the division when it comes to percentage of successful pressures (the percentage of times a team regained the ball within five seconds of applying pressure). They are also the worst when it comes to percentage of tackles won, with 51.4.

Nor do they get on the ball a great deal — only five teams have averaged less than their 44 per cent possession per game. And while at Wolves Nuno’s best teams had Adama Traore and others hurtling up the wing, that has not been the case for Sp**s so far. They are 18th for both the number of progressive carries and the total distance of those carries. This chimes with the fact that the City and Wolves games aside, Sp**s have rarely carried much of a threat on the counter.

Five games is of course barely any time at all, and many of the issues Nuno is facing predate his time in charge. The first half of Sunday’s game against Chelsea meanwhile suggested at least that lessons had been learned from the previous weekend’s defensive set-up and dismal display at Crystal Palace.
Reflecting on that defeat by Chelsea on Sunday, Nuno explained that: “We are going to analyse, there are lots of things we have to look at.”
As basic as it sounds, the first thing Nuno must look at is the way in which his team give up so many chances while creating so few. Until that changes, results will likely get worse before they get better.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: b-b-but!!?

Oh yeah, the media have been really hard on Nuno, quite the difference in the way they treat Arteta. I mean the hypocrisy is glaring.
 

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The numbers that suggest Sp**s have been even worse than you think​


By Charlie Eccleshare

We may only be five league games into the new season, but already there are plenty of areas of concern for Tottenham Hotspur. The lack of goals, the absence of much creativity, the ease with which opponents are getting shots away. Almost everything, really.

Judged solely on results, Tottenham have not actually started the season too badly. They are in seventh position, and nine points from their five games so far is around par, given they’ve had three winnable fixtures bookended by matches against both of last season’s Champions League finalists.
But based on their performances, most Sp**s fans have pretty fundamental concerns. In many cases, this is based primarily on the eye test of Sp**s looking short of attacking ideas and appearing unlikely to score.
Sometimes our eyes can deceive us, though, and a look at the numbers can suggest that actually the situation is more healthy than it appears.

Sadly for Sp**s fans, that is not the case with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with the numbers suggesting they are currently falling short in pretty much all areas.


It’s worth pointing out first of all that with everything so far this season, we are talking about a very small sample size. There’s plenty of time for Tottenham to turn things around, and Nuno has been without a number of his first-choice players for much of the campaign so far.
And with the attacking numbers, the Sp**s head coach could point to the fact that for the vast majority of the first three games of the season, his team were achieving the result they wanted and therefore did not need to push for more goals. Though the counter to that would be that against Wolves and Watford in particular, it would hardly have been cavalier for Sp**s to have pushed on and looked more aggressively to try and score again to kill the game.

In any case, after five Premier League matches, Sp**s have the lowest expected goals (xG) of any team in the division, with a total of 4.4. Essentially this means that no team has created a lower quality of chances in their games so far than Tottenham.


4.42

Sp**s have also had the second fewest shots (46, an average of 9.2 per game) and created the joint-fewest number of big chances (2).

Sp**s’ lack of creativity has translated to a paucity of goals — only three teams have scored fewer, and they haven’t scored from open play since their opening game of the season against Manchester City.
It’s early days but these are alarming numbers, supporting the well-documented notion that Sp**s have badly lacked creativity in the opening weeks of the season. Hopefully the returning Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele will help in this regard, but it’s also imperative that if Harry Kane is going to drop into deeper areas, he has runners in behind to feed balls into.

On Sunday against Chelsea, the absence of Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn meant that besides Son Heung-min through the middle, he often had no one to try and pick out. Lo Celso is a talented footballer but he is not quick and is not going to offer an option in behind opposition defenders.
It’s worth pointing out that Sp**s also struggled to create chances last year, and so this is by no means a new issue. Their xG for 2020-21 was 53.8, which equates to a pretty meagre 1.4 goals per game. They ended up outscoring that by 14, posting a total of 68 goals, thanks largely to the world-class finishing of Kane and Son. The latter in particular scored way more than the xG model would have predicted based on the quality of chances that came his way (16 non-penalty goals compared with a non-penalty xG of 8.9). No one else in the division came closest to outscoring their xG by Son’s 7.1 margin. The next closest was actually another Tottenham forward in Gareth Bale, whose 11 goals was 4.7 more than his xG of 6.3.
son_xg_above.png

But even for a player as lethal as Son, it’s unrealistic to expect that level of elite finishing all the time. And that’s where the unsustainability of creating so few chances is exposed, especially in games like the one at Crystal Palace where he was unavailable through injury.
Sp**s’ struggles to create chances have also been brought into sharp relief by their defensive lapses over the last couple of matches. In the early weeks of the season, three straight 1-0 wins made it easier to push them to the back of one’s mind.

Overall, Sp**s have conceded the third-most shots of all Premier League teams (90), and the fifth-highest expected goals against (xGA) at 9.6. With that in mind, conceding six goals in their last two matches suddenly feels like less of a surprise.

Another charge levelled at Sp**s so far this season — and going back further — is that it’s hard to pick up on a discernible style of play.

Using data from Statsbomb via FBref, we can dig into this a bit, and again the numbers are not very encouraging. Once renowned for their pressing under Mauricio Pochettino, Sp**s are currently the worst team in the division when it comes to percentage of successful pressures (the percentage of times a team regained the ball within five seconds of applying pressure). They are also the worst when it comes to percentage of tackles won, with 51.4.

Nor do they get on the ball a great deal — only five teams have averaged less than their 44 per cent possession per game. And while at Wolves Nuno’s best teams had Adama Traore and others hurtling up the wing, that has not been the case for Sp**s so far. They are 18th for both the number of progressive carries and the total distance of those carries. This chimes with the fact that the City and Wolves games aside, Sp**s have rarely carried much of a threat on the counter.

Five games is of course barely any time at all, and many of the issues Nuno is facing predate his time in charge. The first half of Sunday’s game against Chelsea meanwhile suggested at least that lessons had been learned from the previous weekend’s defensive set-up and dismal display at Crystal Palace.
Reflecting on that defeat by Chelsea on Sunday, Nuno explained that: “We are going to analyse, there are lots of things we have to look at.”
As basic as it sounds, the first thing Nuno must look at is the way in which his team give up so many chances while creating so few. Until that changes, results will likely get worse before they get better.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: b-b-but!!?
God you could write this same Article word for word and replace Sp**s with Arsenal and Arteta with Nuno, they are getting hammered 5 games in with a new manager but Mr 1 loss every 3 PL games who has been here for 20+ months is getting glowing articles with 0 criticism because Gunnerblog wants to maintain his access.
 

Rasmi

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God you could write this same Article word for word and replace Sp**s with Arsenal and Arteta with Nuno, they are getting hammered 5 games in with a new manager but Mr 1 loss every 3 PL games who has been here for 20+ months is getting glowing articles with 0 criticism because Gunnerblog wants to maintain his access.
It’s a joke ain’t it. And he beat Man City in one of his first 5 games. This clown paper big up the biggest clown manager in Arteta and have the nerve to attack Nuno
 

berric

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The numbers that suggest Sp**s have been even worse than you think​


By Charlie Eccleshare

We may only be five league games into the new season, but already there are plenty of areas of concern for Tottenham Hotspur. The lack of goals, the absence of much creativity, the ease with which opponents are getting shots away. Almost everything, really.

Judged solely on results, Tottenham have not actually started the season too badly. They are in seventh position, and nine points from their five games so far is around par, given they’ve had three winnable fixtures bookended by matches against both of last season’s Champions League finalists.
But based on their performances, most Sp**s fans have pretty fundamental concerns. In many cases, this is based primarily on the eye test of Sp**s looking short of attacking ideas and appearing unlikely to score.
Sometimes our eyes can deceive us, though, and a look at the numbers can suggest that actually the situation is more healthy than it appears.

Sadly for Sp**s fans, that is not the case with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with the numbers suggesting they are currently falling short in pretty much all areas.


It’s worth pointing out first of all that with everything so far this season, we are talking about a very small sample size. There’s plenty of time for Tottenham to turn things around, and Nuno has been without a number of his first-choice players for much of the campaign so far.
And with the attacking numbers, the Sp**s head coach could point to the fact that for the vast majority of the first three games of the season, his team were achieving the result they wanted and therefore did not need to push for more goals. Though the counter to that would be that against Wolves and Watford in particular, it would hardly have been cavalier for Sp**s to have pushed on and looked more aggressively to try and score again to kill the game.

In any case, after five Premier League matches, Sp**s have the lowest expected goals (xG) of any team in the division, with a total of 4.4. Essentially this means that no team has created a lower quality of chances in their games so far than Tottenham.


4.42

Sp**s have also had the second fewest shots (46, an average of 9.2 per game) and created the joint-fewest number of big chances (2).

Sp**s’ lack of creativity has translated to a paucity of goals — only three teams have scored fewer, and they haven’t scored from open play since their opening game of the season against Manchester City.
It’s early days but these are alarming numbers, supporting the well-documented notion that Sp**s have badly lacked creativity in the opening weeks of the season. Hopefully the returning Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele will help in this regard, but it’s also imperative that if Harry Kane is going to drop into deeper areas, he has runners in behind to feed balls into.

On Sunday against Chelsea, the absence of Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn meant that besides Son Heung-min through the middle, he often had no one to try and pick out. Lo Celso is a talented footballer but he is not quick and is not going to offer an option in behind opposition defenders.
It’s worth pointing out that Sp**s also struggled to create chances last year, and so this is by no means a new issue. Their xG for 2020-21 was 53.8, which equates to a pretty meagre 1.4 goals per game. They ended up outscoring that by 14, posting a total of 68 goals, thanks largely to the world-class finishing of Kane and Son. The latter in particular scored way more than the xG model would have predicted based on the quality of chances that came his way (16 non-penalty goals compared with a non-penalty xG of 8.9). No one else in the division came closest to outscoring their xG by Son’s 7.1 margin. The next closest was actually another Tottenham forward in Gareth Bale, whose 11 goals was 4.7 more than his xG of 6.3.
son_xg_above.png

But even for a player as lethal as Son, it’s unrealistic to expect that level of elite finishing all the time. And that’s where the unsustainability of creating so few chances is exposed, especially in games like the one at Crystal Palace where he was unavailable through injury.
Sp**s’ struggles to create chances have also been brought into sharp relief by their defensive lapses over the last couple of matches. In the early weeks of the season, three straight 1-0 wins made it easier to push them to the back of one’s mind.

Overall, Sp**s have conceded the third-most shots of all Premier League teams (90), and the fifth-highest expected goals against (xGA) at 9.6. With that in mind, conceding six goals in their last two matches suddenly feels like less of a surprise.

Another charge levelled at Sp**s so far this season — and going back further — is that it’s hard to pick up on a discernible style of play.

Using data from Statsbomb via FBref, we can dig into this a bit, and again the numbers are not very encouraging. Once renowned for their pressing under Mauricio Pochettino, Sp**s are currently the worst team in the division when it comes to percentage of successful pressures (the percentage of times a team regained the ball within five seconds of applying pressure). They are also the worst when it comes to percentage of tackles won, with 51.4.

Nor do they get on the ball a great deal — only five teams have averaged less than their 44 per cent possession per game. And while at Wolves Nuno’s best teams had Adama Traore and others hurtling up the wing, that has not been the case for Sp**s so far. They are 18th for both the number of progressive carries and the total distance of those carries. This chimes with the fact that the City and Wolves games aside, Sp**s have rarely carried much of a threat on the counter.

Five games is of course barely any time at all, and many of the issues Nuno is facing predate his time in charge. The first half of Sunday’s game against Chelsea meanwhile suggested at least that lessons had been learned from the previous weekend’s defensive set-up and dismal display at Crystal Palace.
Reflecting on that defeat by Chelsea on Sunday, Nuno explained that: “We are going to analyse, there are lots of things we have to look at.”
As basic as it sounds, the first thing Nuno must look at is the way in which his team give up so many chances while creating so few. Until that changes, results will likely get worse before they get better.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: b-b-but!!?

This type of press is why Sp**s will end up with a better coach by Christmas while we fist pump a draw vs Villa.
 
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