9 tactical trends from the weekend's football that you may have missed
We asked you what you've noticed over the last round of matches, and here are the results: a variety of stats, player influence maps and tactical trends from some of the biggest games of the last few days. Pay attention and learn something new about your team.
Here we've picked out some of the best tweets we received. If you tweeted at us (@StatsZone), keep an eye out for your name, or get involved by tweeting a Stats Zone image of something you've noticed during the last seven days of football. Tag your tweet #tacticaltrends and we'll do the rest.
Your tactical observations
1. Milner's magic
James Milner had a good weekend, scoring and assisting for Liverpool. And Samira Kumar was quick to point out the all-action display the former Manchester City player put in. It included creating the equal highest chances (with Moreno) and the second most tackles (behind Leiva).
— Samira Kumar (@Samirak93) September 26, 2015
2. Lucas can still play a vital part
And continuing with the Liverpool theme, Twitter user Gareth noticed how impressive Lucas was against Aston Villa. Here's the player influence map from the Reds' game, showing the crucial role that the Brazilian played, dominating the centre of the pitch.
— Gareth (@mcstrag) September 26, 2015
3. Fiorentina's midfield mayhem
Meanwhile, #AhmedSHW analysed Fiorentina's amazing 4-1 away victory at Inter Milan, detailing the formation they played and how their midfield was made up.
— ♯AhmedSHW (@ilshuwaib) September 27, 2015
4. Unlucky Magpies
And 7amkickoff said that Chelsea were lucky to gain a draw against Newcastle, looking at their shot count.
— 7amkickoff (@7amkickoff) September 27, 2015
5. Reus' role
While @Hiro8drunkwoman noted Borussia Dortmund's changed formation from the weekend, which included Marco Reus who had returned to the side from injury during midweek against Hoffenheim...
— ちひろ (@Hiro8drunkwoman) September 27, 2015
6. Compact Napoli
There was also a shout out for Napoli, who beat Juventus by remaining compact as the tweet below shows...
— Michele D'Alascio (@micdal74) September 26, 2015
7. Cristiano's wastefulness
FourFourTwo writer Thore Haugstad got in on the act, revealing how Cristiano Ronaldo had half as many shots as he had made passes.
— Thore Haugstad (@Haugstad1006) September 26, 2015
8. United's improved attack
The fine work of Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay was saluted after both put in fine attacking displays in their 3-0 win over Sunderland...
— IG : unitedarmySBY (@unitedarmy_SBY) September 26, 2015
9. Barca's strong left flank
And finally RabonaTactics used Stats Zone to show how Barcelona mainly attack down the right of the pitch...
— Rabona Tactics (@RabonaTactics) September 24, 2015