富咸今季開季成績慘不忍睹,首六場聯賽只錄得1和5負,被外界認定為降班「穩膽」;球會班主兼足球總監Tony Khan更一度在Twitter發表驚人言論,為球會開季成績向球迷道歉並解釋球隊自從確定升班後一直尋覓新中堅,礙於疫情及其他因素令球會開季後仍未能如願。球會繼續擴軍,買入借入多名球員,雖最終未能護級,但在新血加盟後表現的確有所改善。今次筆者選擇了近期多個球會紛紛傳出有意購入的借將Joachim Andersen稍作分析。

Andersen在13年時獲得荷甲的川迪賞識,由丹麥的米迪蘭特轉戰荷蘭。加盟後的首季他主要代表川迪B隊出賽,直至14–15年球季才獲提拔上一隊跟操並正式代表川迪出賽,他在其後兩個球季開始在隊中站穩正選位置,而他的表現引來其他歐洲球會的興趣。17–18年球季他最終選擇加盟意甲的森多利亞,在意甲第二個球季他已成為球隊主力,表現穩定出色。19–20年球季他加盟了法甲的里昂,法甲上季雖然取消,但他亦協助球隊打入歐聯四強。20–21年球季他被外借到英超的富咸,他再次迅速成為主力,第一場出賽就成功協助富咸以2:0擊敗西布朗,為球隊帶來英超第一場聯賽勝仗,後來又於代表富咸的第四場比賽中獲選為隊長。他在25歲之齡就踢過四個歐洲聯賽,經驗相當豐富。
數據上,富咸今季聯賽總失球53球,相比排名第五的李斯特城只失多了3球;此外,他們的Expected Goal Against (xGA)是56.38,聯賽中排第9;這數據對一隊在首六場聯賽失了14球的球隊而言可算是不俗。這兩項數據雖不能完全歸功於Andersen一人,但他絕對是功不可沒。

今次我們加入了兩項防守數據去分析,分別是Possession Adjusted Interception (PAdj Interception)和 Sliding Tackle (PAdj Sliding Tackle)。這兩個防守數據比平時的多了PAdj是因為它把比賽的控球時間計算在內,而背後原因主要是球員只會在球隊失去控球權的情況時才會有防守貢獻,所以球員在一些較少控球或較弱的球隊中會相對有較多的防守工作。相反,球員在主打控球的球隊就自然會有較少防守工作。數據經過調整後,就可以更客觀去比較不同球員在不同球隊之間的數據。我們接下來所有分析都會以Andersen的數據與歐洲五大聯賽的中堅去作出較,下圖為Andersen在這兩項數據的表現,他的Sliding Tackle尚算出色,而Interception只屬中規中矩。單憑這兩項數據可理解到Andersen敢於落腳和上前攔截,但仍未能完全反映其優點和缺點,以下會筆者會繼續分析。


This match was one of the most decisive matches in Bundesliga on the title race. RB Leipzig brought up a fight against the giant, Bayern Munich but the result was disappointing for them. They are 7 points behind which would be utterly impossible for them to chase given the consistency that Bayern Munich have shown over the past seasons. Apart from the result, what else could we take from this game? If we went back to the first match between them this season, the game was very open with both teams trying to outscore each other and it ended with…


Alexander Isak 20/21- Player Analysis

Name: Alexander Isak

Nationality: Sweden

Age: 21 (21 September 1999)

Height: 6’4”

Team: Real Sociedad

Position: Striker

Alexander Isak has caught our eyes by scoring 10 goals in his first season in Allsvenskan, playing for AIK when he was still 16 years old. With such an exceptional performance for his debut season, it was inevitable that big teams like Borussia Dortmund came knocking on his door. He spent five years in Germany including a short loan-spell at Willem II, but his time with Dortmund did not go well as planned. In 2019, he moved on…


The Champions League is back and we could see on the first tie, RB Leipzig were taking on Liverpool. This game was played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, a neutral venue after the German government banned all arrivals from countries affected by the new coronavirus variants. Before the game, RB Leipzig seemed to be the only contender that were able to challenge Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, while Liverpool were in a bad run with three consecutive defeats in the Premier League and they were sitting at the 6th place with 13 points behind Manchester City. …


Thiago Alcàntara今季夏天由拜仁慕尼黑強勢加盟利物浦,他技術出眾,效力拜仁慕尼黑及巴塞隆拿期間屢獲殊榮,經驗豐富,是現今球壇出色的中場球員。他的加盟令球迷滿心期待,為利物浦的衛冕英超之路打下一支強心針;可惜球隊多名主力包括Thiago等都受到傷患困擾,亦有球員狀態不穩,令球隊成績不似預期。直到最近Thiago終於傷癒復出,大家都希望他可以帶領利物浦重返高峰,但他正選上陣的七場聯賽比賽,只錄得兩勝一和四負的成績,相比踢少一場比賽的榜首曼城,暫時落後10分,形勢令人擔憂。

有球評家認為他的踢法不適合利物浦,拖慢利物浦整體進攻的節奏,球隊需要改變踢法遷就他。此話一出,更多的批評亦隨即傳出,例如認為他身材矮少,難以適應較多身體碰撞的英超,成為球隊防守時的負累;亦認為他傳球次數雖多,但大多是橫傳或向後傳,沒有為球隊帶來太大的效益。

有見及此,筆者就三個部份稍作分析。第一,會分析Thiago防守的迷思;第二,會針對他擔任「六號位」時的角色,從而了解他有否拖慢球隊進攻節奏;第三,會分析他在右中場可以為利物浦帶來什麼改變。

⁃ 防守的迷思

現代中場要助攻助守,就算組織力和傳球能力有多強,防守力都不能太遜色。Thiago這類身材較矮小的球員,會給人一種瘦削懦弱的感覺,未能在防守上為利物浦帶來貢獻。筆者上星期製作了一個「Dashboard」,包含了Thiago在利物浦的防守數據。


Credit to Bundesliga

Leverkusen was hosting Dortmund in BayArena on 19th January 2021. Before the game, Leverkusen has not won in the past three league games, Peter Bosz was determined to bring Leverkusen back to their winning form. On the other hand, Dortmund was still leading by their interim coach, Edin Terzić. Both teams had 29 points while Leverkusen was sitting at the third place, one place above Dortmund with a slightly better goal difference. This was an important game that could determine their final positions in the league.

This tactical Analysis will analyse how Leverkusen set their defence up and adjusted it…


Credit to TFA

Last week, Ajax was hosting PSV Eindhoven at the Johan Cruyff Stadium for the first time this season. Before the game, Ajax was sitting at the top of the league with one-point lead ahead of PSV while PSV was in an excellent form where they won all past five games (cup games included). Both teams are very attacking-minded and love scoring goals, especially Ajax who scored 52 goals in 14 games. The De Topper rivalries did not disappoint us. Although they ended up with a draw, they brought us an exciting game to watch.

This tactical analysis will explain how…


Timo Werner是車路士今季其中一位重點收購,他以四千五百萬英鎊由德甲的RB箂比錫加盟。季初大家對他滿心期待,但可惜半季過後,表現尚未能說服球迷,明顯需要更多時間融入球隊; 而且他連番錯失機會,連續9場聯賽都未能打破對方的大門,質疑和批評的聲音亦都開始出現,甚至被笑為「水貨」。車路士領隊Frank Lampard季初表示Werner需要時間去適應新環境、文化和球隊等。筆者認為除此之外,踢法上的改變對Werner都有很大的影響,所以今次會分析他上季在RB箂比錫和今季在車路士踢法上的分別和數據,嘗試去了解他狀下滑背後的原因。

陣式和Heatmap的分別

上季RB箂比錫無論在開賽時或比賽途中在陣式上都經常作出改變,當中4–4–2和3–5–2是最常使用的,而Werner就負責出任前鋒位置。今季車路士主要採用4–3–3, Werner則負責左翼的位置。雖然位置上有明顯的分別,但如果再比較他上季德甲和今季英超的Heatmap,我們可以見到他在RB箂比錫時其實和在車路士一樣,有大部分時間都會在靠左的位置出現。兩者最大的分別是Werner在RB箂比錫時有部分時間是花在對方禁區裏,而在車路士時則主要徘徊在禁區外,禁區內的時間相對較少。在兩種圖表的比較下,我們見到Werner在兩隊中確有分別,但我們不可以就此下定論,因為這仍未能清晰道出背後原因;重要的是要比較他在兩隊中擔當的角色。


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