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Jonathan Wilson is a revered football writer and arguably the game's most respected tactical brain. Author of six books, including the acclaimed, "Inverting the Pyramid", Wilson contribute to Sports Illustrated, the Guardian among others and is the editor of The Blizzard. He will be writing a weekly column for Bleacher Report during the 2013-14 season, focusing on tactical analysis.
Jonathan - interesting article; you'll know this better than me in following European football but within the MLS the number of shots taken by a team has absolutely no correlation to who wins the match (~.2000) for all 646 games last year; so while possession itself, as you indicate has little bearing on the 'result' of a game 'shots taken', over the average season, has even less relevance than possession. And in many cases, as within MLS last year the top teams in MLS had acutally had fewer shots taken than the bottom teams in MLS - reinforcing that the game isn't necessarily about 'quantity' but more about 'quality'... I would offer in the case of this game the single 'red card', as you pointed out, is what drove the greatest influence in this result - and that coupled with the overwhelming possession that Barca had was the single greatest 'influence' on that red-card event occuring... regardless - good article - poor result for MCFC (very disappointing!) but sometimes, for me, I'm more disappointed that the statistics of a match are misinterpretted...
Thanks for this article. I'm so glad to see that BR is recognizing people from all over the world. You can't see this type of articles in many other places on the web, specific websites only focus on the EPL. Excellent!
Is this the same Jonathan that used to write for Hotbox Sports?
Welcome to Bleacher Report! Its great to have have you, I couldn't believe it when I saw you were here!