FAN BATTLE 1: MANCHESTER DERBY!

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Manchester City versus Manchester United. One of the fiercest rivalry in the history of the Premier League with a history of over 130 years and more than 180 matches against each other. As of now Manchester United has had the lead in victories with 76 wins and City only with 54, but with the acquisition of City by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 there has been quite a turnaround in the squads development and City have been seen to make a turnaround with a total of 11 wins out of the 23 games played after the acquisition. As of now you can say these teams are perceived differently by different people, and that is what today’s post is about. I have bought together 1 fan from each team to share their perspectives of the derby and their club fighting it out with the other fans. This is the first of the series known as Fan Battle where we bring out fans to prove which team has the advantage in what terms.

MEET THE FANS

  • Samarth Bhirani

Samarth is a 15 year old student from Bangalore who has been a supporter of Manchester United for about 5 years now. His interest in United sparked when he got a United jersey for his 8th birthday, got curious and watched a game. From that point he never looked back. His hobbies include playing football and is also on the school team

  • Saarthak Shukla

Saarthak is a 10th grader from Bangalore who as been a supporter of Manchester City due to his admiration of the team’s determination to win. An example being City Vs QPR where, “they didn’t give up, and they had the fighting spirit to win” said by Saarthak. He also loves playing video games and watching sports.

COMPARING THE PLAYERS

Both these teams have a long history and with multiple winning squads, choosing one which you love really tells a lot about the team.

Starting of with United, Samarth says, “Well obviously our treble ’99 team comes to mind. With a solid defense of Schmeichel, the Neville brothers and Irwin, midfield class with Beckham and Scholes, and clinical finishing provided by Yorke and Nistelrooy, it was arguably one of the best teams in history. Honorable mention to ’08 Ronaldo side and the Busby babes of the 50’s”. On the other hand, Saarthak feels the 2012 team of City was their best with Kompany and David Silva in their prime with Aguero in his brilliant opening season of 23 goals in the Prem and who can forget that banger against QPR. If we were to do a player to player comparison, I am assuming United’s starting lineup would be Schmeichel at goal, Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, and Stam playing behind, Beckham, Scholes, Keane, and Giggs at mid. Finally Cole and Dwight Yorke in the front, keeping a 4-4-2 formation as they were seen playing most of the times

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Most common formation used by the team

Regarding City, their most used lineup was Joe Hart at goal, Clichy, Lescott, Kompany, and Richards in the back. In the center field, Yaya and de Jong are seen as the DMs. As the LM is Samir Nasri and the RM is David Silva. I have put Aguero as the CAM/CF and Dzeko as the CF.

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GOALKEEPER

Now to show what team is ‘better’, I am only going to compare player’s stats of that season and then rule out the weaker player at that position. Following that I will compare the teams overall stats. Starting with the keepers, Hart vs Schmeichel. Now these 2 had a very good season. Joe Hart kept the most clean sheets in the season with 17 and a save percentage of 76.98%! He only conceded 29 goals in the season in his 3420 minutes of playing averaging 1 goal every 118 minutes only. That’s almost per 1.3 games. In the Prem, Schmeichel had 11 clean sheets out of 34 games with a save percentage of 74%. He conceded 34 goals in his 34 matches played which is a goal per match. Now take in mind this only accounts for his saves in the Premier League. Statistic wise his Champions League was a little disappointing with 16 goals being conceded in 11 games but had 2 clean sheets. All in all you can decide who you think had the upper hand but remember that Schmeichel also captained that treble team so that gives him extra points

DEFENCE

Now it is quite obvious that City’s defence was extremely weak compared to United’s. Although I believe that there is one defender who maybe showed his worth as one of the better defenders than United. That is Vincent Kompany. In the 2011/12 season he was named Player of the Season with a 78% tackle success and especially in one on one duels where he successfully won 118 duels out of 176. Compared to Jaap Stam, these stats competely overrule his. The fact still remains that the other defenders had a better overall role. Special props to Clichy though as he had a 65% tackle percentage and made a 100 clearances in the season. Lescott also played extremely well with a tackle % of 91%. I think you can put Lescott up with Johnsen, but Irwin clearly overrules Clichy.

MIDFIELD

This is going to be quite interesting now as both these teams had an extremely effective midfield that were integral to their plays. First up, Ryan Giggs against Samir Nasri. So both of them were LMs and I will be comparing their goals, crosses and cross accuracy too. Throughout the season, Nsri played a total of 46 matches in all competitions and only scored 6 goals with 9 assists. This could be considered quite disappointing. He did only create 10 big chances and missed 3 out of them. On the other hand, Giggs played a total of 41 matches and scored 10 goals with 4 assists. We can see that Giggs played a more attacking role than Nasri who played the orthodox midfielder. These 2 were very close to each other in terms of stats and I think we can call this a tie. Now, David Silva versus David Beckham. Beckham played 55 matches overall with 17 assists and 9 goals. Now this is a true midfielder! Astonishingly, David Silva racked up 21 assists and 8 goals in his 49 games with 14 big chances created and a 70% tackle success. You may call me unfair, but I think Silva rules Beckham out on this one. Yaya Toure vs Roy Keane. Out of 42 matches played, Yaya scored 9 goals and made 11 assists which is average but he really made up for it in his defensive side with a 73% defence success and that is why you can mainly see him as a DM. Roy Keane though only scored 5 goals in his 55 matches without any assists which is really disappointing. It is quite obvious that Scholes would beat Nigel de Jong who did not make a valuable contribution to the team, while on the other hand Paul Scholes racked up 11 goals and 11 assists in his 55 games and clearly proved himself as the most successful midfielders of the United lot.

ATTACK

So there are 2 main attackers on each side. I will use the same rules to compare them. I will start of with Dzeko and Yorke. Edin Dzeko scored 19 goals in 43 matches with 9 assists as well. Yorke clearly beats him with 29 goals in 52 matches and with 20 assists as well. Thats more than a 50% shot accuracy! Aguero and Cole. Aguero scored 30 goals in his 48 matches that too on his debut season. you have go to give him props for that. Along side that, he made 12 assists. He clearly beats Andy Cole who scored 24 goals in his 50 matches with 7 assists.

THE DREAM TEAM

Here is my version of the dream team. Although I am quite confused between Giggs/Nasri. Let me know down in the comments who should I have put and why :). You can build your own and send them to me too using the website at the bottom of the picture or using this link: https://www.buildlineup.com/

TEAM STAT COMPARISON

Overall, each team played really well. But I am going to just compare their win % throughout the season. Man City had a 69% win by winning 39 games out of 56 in all competitions. Man Utd on the other hand had a 63% win %, winning 39 games out of 62. But you have to give extra credit to United for winning the treble which is really tough while also playing more games against top teams in the UCL when City could not qualify for the Round of 16.

I hope you guys enjoyed this and I aim to make more of these. So, wait for some El Clasico and some Der Klassiker battles from the fans. If you have any other opinion feel free to comment or have any tips on how to improve my content. Big shoutout to https://www.transfermarkt.co.in/ as most of my stats were taken from here and check them out if you want to see more. This has been Ishaan and stay home and stay safe.

NEW RULES INTRODUCED?!?!

With the onset of the deadly virus, Corona Virus, all major leagues were suspended until further notice. As time progressed and the conditions eased, some football leagues have returned and matches are being played. With the return of the Bundesliga on the 16th of May, when a total of 6 matches were played throughout Germany, the football leagues are expected to return within the next month or so. The Premier League is set to return by June 19, Serie A is expected to return by June 13, and the Ligue 1 is resuming its season on June 17. The return of football has given hope and joy to all fans but the return of football does not mean everything will go back to normal. Due to current conditions new rules have and will be implemented keeping social distancing and hygiene in mind for the safety of all staff and players present in the stadium. This blog will cover most of the major new rules that are being planned to be implemented in all leagues and their impacts.

  • 5 SUBSTITUTIONS TO BE MADE
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The Bundesliga has seen a change in the number of player substitutions to increase from 3 players to 5 players. This was done to keep the player’s safety and fatigue in mind as games will be played more frequently to catch up with the projected estimate of the season and finish it on the estimated finish date. The change may have a heavy impact on the game. It will allow managers to change the whole dynamic of the team as he can replace almost 50% of the whole team. A predominantly aggressive and attacking squad can be converted into defensive based on the conditions of the match. For Example: A team is in the lead by 1 goal and there are 10 minutes left. The manager can sub off most forwards, strikers, and attacking midfielders with defensive midfielders and full backs. This would effectively change an aggressive formation such as 4 – 3 – 3 to relatively more defensive formation such as 4 – 5 – 1, keeping 1 CAM and 1 CF. Hence by allowing so many player swaps, a whole team dynamic can be altered making it unfair in some perspectives as it would be overwhelming for the opponent’s team as their whole strategy may go for a toss.

  • SLOTS FOR SUBSTITUTIONS
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Instead of the previous rule of substitutions being made at any time of the manager’s discretion, substitutions will be made only during 3 slots, one being halftime itself. This was done to ensure a smooth game and so that it can get over quickly. I personally believe this has a lot of negative impacts on how managers will have to think as now they will have to predict how the match may lay out and make changes which may prove risky for the team. Substitutions are usually made to offer a change in tactics for the forseeable future, so that the team is given a tactical boost with the introduction of a new healthy player and new instructions for the squad. They are usually made at times when the manager sees fit and when the change can make the most impact. With the introduction of this new rule, the process of sending in subs will become much more complicated as there will be innumerable variables to take into account and no second chances will be given to correct tactical mistakes. Obviously some advantages of this would be time would not be wasted during last minutes making it more fair. From a fan’s perspective it will keep the tension of the game high during critical times. I don’t know about you guys but when subs are made to waste time the game really loses its intensity.

  • MORE FREQUENT GAMES
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Good News for fans, Bad news for Players

It can be assumed that after this unfortunate break, games will be played more frequently. It can already be seen int he Bundesliga where there will be 2 matchdays in a week rather than 1. This means teams will have to play 2 games in a week. The rule was implemented so the season could move much faster and catch up with the expected season. It essentially is a medium so that this far too much stretched season of 2019/20 will end quickly and allow the new season of 2020/21 to start faster. Although it seems like wonderful news for fans getting to see their favourite teams play more often and also the chance to see more matches, it will be incredibly taxing on players. This is because the new routine will involve more travelling, less training time, and less time for them to recover. Playing football is extremely tiring as it is a high intensity game for essentially 90 minutes non-stop, with only a 15 minute break in between. The daily routine of a player during the season includes 2 – 3 days of rest with light training during the rest of the days. Most of the vigorous training is done during pre-season. If the gaps between 2 matches is reduced, it would mean less rest for the players increasing the scope of injury and fatigue. This would be quite harmful to them.

So, these are the 3 major new changes that are being implemented that I feel would make a big impact on the game. Some minor changes are that no celebrations are allowed after a goal is scored and matches will be held in closed doors. These would obviously be a little disappointing for the fans as the game is not the same without them, but it is extremely good news that football will be on track once again and we can watch it. Keep seeing this space for more posts. Stay home and Stay safe.

QUARANTINE TRAINING

Hello Everyone, I know it has been a long time since I posted a blog but now I will try to write more often. Due to the current conditions around the world almost everyone is stuck at home or not allowed to leave their places of residence. During this time, it is essential to maintain your physical fitness and remain fit as it will help you all continue your sports journey coming out of quarantine or lockdown. For this article, I will mention a few key skills a sportsman should maintain or improve while at home and hopefully you all will try to focus on these.

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  • AGILITY
    • What is it?
      • Agility essentially means the ability to move quickly and easily and is extremely important while playing football or any other sport for that matter as it decreases your reaction time, helps your coordination, increases focus, and will also help your speed.
    • How can it help you?
      • It can help you in football by helping you change direction quickly, hence aiding you in switching from defense to offense immediately or vice versa. This will help in counter attacks and also judgement whether you are a forward or a defender by helping you cope up with your opposing player, thus allowing effective tackles or key possessions.
    • Drills
      • Some drills for agility at home are quick ins and outs, front and back. Ladders are also effective so ladder drills will also help. Acceleration and deceleration drills will increase agility, so sprints and reaction deceleration drills should be attempted.
      • At home this will be tough but doing things like rotations around a cone in one spot while random stimuli cause you to change direction from clockwise to anti-clockwise will help your agility. Please be free to make creative agility drills at home and let me know.

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  • STRENGTHENING
    • The most obvious sort of workout people think of at home is strengthening and it is quite true.
    • How will it help you?
      • Working on different body parts will strengthen them and give you a more physical advantage over players. Developing muscles will also make you less prone to injuries helping you play more consistently.
    • Drills
      • While working out you have to make sure you are working on your whole body and not focusing on only a single part like your legs. Every muscle is essential while playing, even the most unexpected ones.
      • Every day pick one muscle and work on it vigorously. Using weights and dumbbells will increase the effectiveness of drills. There are multiple exercises to strain each muscle online so you can search some up.
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  • FLEXIBILITY AND BALANCE
    • What is it?
      • Although these qualities may seem minor they play a bigger role while playing than expected. People I have seen who are very stiff are not able to play to their full potential.
    • How will it help you?
      • Being more flexible has multiple benefits like making you less prone to injuries, giving you less pain, and enhancing your performance.
      • Balance on the other hand helps your coordination and ability to react to sudden changes of direction, both of which can help in agility and ball movement.
      • These help while playing football as it will provide more balance while heading or receiving the ball while flexibility will improve tackling, hence giving you an advantage over players
    • Drills
      • Flexibility can be increased by intensive stretching or even doing certain styles of yoga such as the Yin or Hatha style. Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles (as written in Wikipedia) while Hatha Yoga is also similar. Other means include Pilates and Tai Chi too.
      • Increasing balance can be done by increasing core strength and also by Tai Chi which is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training, its health benefits and meditation (as written in Wikipedia).
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  • REST AND RELAX
    • This time does not mean you have to exhaust yourself everyday. You should consider this time to rest, relax, and recharge your batteries. Rest is always important as it helps you recover from fatigue and other health problems
    • Take 1-2 days of rest a week and treat yourself to a cheat meal too. It is essential to slow down and rejuvenate so that you can be completely ready once this lockdown and quarantine is over.

I hope you all have enjoyed reading this and I hope this blog has given you a sense and direction to adding fitness in your daily routine during these scary times. Alongside this you can take up a constricted diet so that you do not consume too many calories and carbohydrates. These tips are not only restricted to one sport but are applicable to any sport one wants to pursue, so my request to all of you is to share this article within your own athletic community and spread this as much as possible. Please check up daily because I will try to be writing much more often. Be free to write any creative drills you have created down in the comments. Stay safe and until next time, goodbye!