Where every Premier League club controls the pitch – GiveMeSport

The 2022/23 Premier League season has already been fascinating. From Arsenal staging an unlikely title charge with eight wins from nine to Liverpool mysteriously failing to conjure up their usual Jurgen Klopp magic, there have

The 2022/23 Premier League season has already been fascinating.

From Arsenal staging an unlikely title charge with eight wins from nine to Liverpool mysteriously failing to conjure up their usual Jurgen Klopp magic, there have been plenty of narrative threads for fans to try to unravel.

By now, the supporters of the 20 clubs will have established a fairly clear idea of ​​where their team is headed this season, whether it’s a title challenge, competition for the top four, stagnation in the middle of the board or dodging the fall.

Styles of football in the Premier League

And many of those potential results next spring hinge on the team’s brand of football and their ability to execute it.

Ultimately, very few teams have the technical ability and personnel to channel a Pep Guardiola brand of ‘tika-taka’ football, so the way forward for many teams is often to develop a philosophy that suits the best to their Resources.

For Brighton & Hove Albion it’s about staying one step ahead with the latest advances in tactics and training, while for Bournemouth it’s about a more pragmatic approach based on solid defending and a straight game.

We’ll start slowly…


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There’s no right or wrong way, although some styles are more appealing than others, but it can certainly be difficult trying to demonstrate the chosen ethos in a way that fans can easily visualize.

It is, after all, one thing for a footballing hipster to ponder the rise of wingers on a craft beer – no judgment here – and another thing to be able to illustrate how it works on the pitch in a lucid and digestible way. .

But fear not, ladies and gentlemen, because a fascinating graphic that has gone viral on Reddit just might get us as close as we can get to a visual representation of how all 20 Premier League clubs are currently playing.

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Fascinating “Control Zones” graphics

Taken from The Analyst, team-by-team pitch charts show ‘zones of control’, blue areas indicating where the team in question has won more than 55% of total touches in open play over their opponents .

In other words, the blue squares are where the team dominates and has the most ball.

In contrast, the red areas identify where opponents gained more than 55% of total touches in open play, showing a lack of control and authority in that part of the pitch.

Gray areas mean these pitches are contested with neither the team being analyzed nor their opponents being sufficiently dominant to swing more than 55% either way and either red or blue.

I understood? Well, even if that’s not the case, trust us when we say that seeing the graphs with your own eyes is instantly more descriptive than we could put into words, so be sure to check out all the diagrams below :

Image: Where every Premier League team controls the pitch

Control zones in the Premier League.

Control zones in the Premier League 22/23 so far. soccer

What can we learn from the graphs?

So what are some of the takeaways?

Well, first and foremost, it should come as no surprise that Manchester City dominate just about every blade of grass with their water torture football only allowing their opponents to have more touches in their own penalty area – madness.


Meanwhile, although Antonio Conte is playing a more vertical brand of football anyway, there are nevertheless worrying signs in the Tottenham chart as they only have more than 55 per cent open play in and around. from their own box.

Spurs’ effectiveness away from home is shown by squares contested to opponents’ corner flags, but the amount of red splattered on their graph is still worrying for a side with quiet title ambitions.


Elsewhere, and Liverpool’s woes this season are clearly not due to a lack of dominance on the ball with the right wing of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah creating a huge blue run.

As for the defensive side of that flank being much more contested than the left side… well, we’ll let you draw your own conclusions, but it certainly suggests that Alexander-Arnold’s dominance going forward and the return of vulnerability are evident in the data.


Chelsea also love their right side, no doubt thanks to a certain Reece James, while Brighton are clearly very impressive on the opposite flank where table-topping Arsenal haphazardly seem to have a blind spot in their defensive third.


The likes of Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Bournemouth are proving just as submissive as expected, but big stretches of red aren’t always terrible given Everton and Fulham have always impressed despite not being in control until now. to ears.

Bournemouth 'Control Zone' chart.

What do you think of the graphics?

That said, the best people to analyze these graphs are the club fans themselves as no doubt these little squares will represent exactly what they see week in and week out in the simplest way possible.

Plus, you know you’re a die-hard fan if you can discern exactly what a single random red square is at first glance – the sixth sense of where everything is going wrong or right.

Unless you’re a Manchester City fan, that is, and it’s always blue here, there and everywhere in more ways than one.

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