Another brilliant job getting us prepared for Sheffield United. Well done.

Next up it’s Man City. This one’s going to be really tough and in recent years I think they have been one of the best teams in Premier League history in possession and attack.

I need a report on our next opponent: Man City. They are one of the best teams in the world so we might look at them in a few different areas.

Passing Networks & Player Relationships

Into on passing and possession. Contributor videos?

Here’s a passing network map of Man City’s recent 5-0 victory over Brighton in the Premier League. They won the game comfortably and made a lot of changes after half time, so we limited the data to first-half only.

 TASK – In the comments section at the bottom of this page, write a few words on something you notice about Man City’s shape & tendencies.

If you don’t know how to read or use passing network maps, you can learn more about them here thanks to our friends at StatsBomb

We’re also going to use some passing data from that first half to answer some questions. Download the data using this link

  • What were the top four passing connections for Man City and what does this tell us about how they moved the ball?
  • Which passing connection moved the ball forward the most?
  • What was the most common passing connection in the final third?
  • Which two pass connections created the most chances?

Add the answer to these questions as well as your general comments from the previous task to a summary of how Man City possessed the ball against Brighton to your workbook.

Here’s the possession sections from a couple of data reports we managed to get our hands on:




Once you have updated your workbook please move on to the next module.


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