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  1. I mix them not because they're functionally similar but because they're all innovations that are now commonplace in the game, as I expect xG will be. I don't think anybody had heard of it up until very recently because it's a very new metric and is likely always being tweaked for improvements. In reality, it's the good old-fashioned "we did more than enough to win that game" or "how on earth have we hung on for a result there?", except backed up by quantitative analysis. The general consensus, for example, is that we dominated away at Chelsea and should have emerged with more than a 0-0, whereas in the 2-0 win at Brighton we came up against pretty wasteful opposition and were flattered by the result a little - all of which is backed up by the xG for those games. Again, nobody is claiming that it's a definitive measurement of a team's performance, just as things like possession and shots on target aren't. But they are a good indicator of chance creation/conversion. Given that creating and scoring goals is the entire objective of football, I don't understand what your problem is with trying to measure that. Analysing your potential to score quite obviously does matter, because I'd suggest that there probably is a link somewhere between your potential to score and potential to win. It's common sense for that type of analysis to be of interest to clubs, managers and staff, regardless of whether or not it's a particularly engaging thing for supporters to look at.
  2. I find this stance really odd. Were you wronged by a data analyst or statistician as a child by any chance? It's marginal gains, just in a different form. How is it any different to clubs using ice chambers, tailoring fitness and diet plans for individual players etc? The scouting system that worked so well for us, as well as those used by clubs around the world, are built on "stats and the analysis thereof". Sports science and analysis are vital to the way the top clubs operate - to decry it as the work of "desperate geeks" is unjustified. Nobody is claiming that xG is be-all and end-all, but it's a useful stat as it gives a reasonable indicator of how well teams are creating chances and how good those chances are.
  3. Kelechi

    Man likes his friends' tweets. GET HIM OUT OF MY CLUB
  4. Name a better option than puel

    I can understand why you'd want Puel gone. I can not understand why the **** you'd want to replace him with Neil Lennon, of all people. Might actually be the most stupid thing I've ever read
  5. I'm 100% referring to him as Bean Hammer from now on
  6. I think it's certainly healthy to have players asking questions and helping managers make improvements, and having leaders is obviously a good thing, but there comes a point when these players have too much influence and it begins to create the feeling that they are actively undermining the manager. As far as I'm concerned it should be less about keeping them onside and more about the players applying themselves fully in support of their manager as far as possible - which does not seem to be the case presently. It maybe is a cheap argument to pull up and, crucially, it's a difficult one to provide proof for. No sane player is going to actively come out and criticise the manager or his methods, and it's more difficult to believe reports of unrest when it's nebulous "sources in the changing room" being quoted. However, those reports aren't anything new with this group of players and I don't think it's unfair to suggest they don't currently give the impression of trying their hardest. Like many others I refused to think that the players might have had anything to do with Ranieri going, but it's a bit easier to believe when the rumours come around the second time.
  7. Adrien Silva

    Good player, needs more time. Fairly simple. On him giving the ball away - who doesn't? Can't complain about King and James passing sideways and not taking risks, then when Silva/Iborra come in and attempt more forward passes complain about them misplacing a few
  8. Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    Didn't even look like he was trying to hold it, more like he went to shove it away and ended up nudging it a yard forward. Unreal goalkeeping
  9. Unpopular Opinions You Hold

    Couldn't sustain our position in the prem? Did he get us relegated while I wasn't looking or something? If you're still bearing an irrational grudge against one of our greatest ever managers three years after he left, maybe it's you that needs to move on.
  10. People inferring an awful lot from what is in reality a friendly chat between a couple of old team-mates. Not a huge Hoddle fan but an interesting enough read I guess
  11. Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    Hope we sign Nyom as our new right-back purely for the entertainment value. The man is a lunatic
  12. Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    Almost as if he's better off as an actual striker rather than playing our special number-ten-but-not-really position. What a surprise
  13. Name a better option than puel

    Steve Kean for me. Bags of experience
  14. Burnley post match 2-1 loss

    Not entirely sure how you can blame individual errors on the manager. The clue is in the word "individual", no?
  15. Burnley away match thread

    We can not, and will not, do better