Puel v Rodgers: Stats reveal more clinical finishing

By Emily Barker

Leicester City’s resurgence since the arrival of manager Brendan Rodgers has been somewhat remarkable and a delve into the stats of his first five games compared to predecessor Claude Puel’s final five throw in some interesting trends.

Puel’s side struggled to hit the back of the net on more than one occasion, despite often having a higher number of shots, shots on target and more corners than Rodgers in his opening games.

Rodgers’ team, on the other hand, converted a fewer total number of corners and shots into successful goals, and his side scored a far higher amount of goals than that of Puel.

The table below shows the games and the scores of Puel’s last five matches managing Leicester City.

Puel's last 5 matches

If you compare the previous table to the one of Rodgers’, you can clearly see who has done better with their managerial time.

Rodgers first 5

Having a further look at the stats (sourced from BBC Sport), comparing Puel’s last five games to Rodgers’ first five, is interesting. For example, although the sides’ possession rates are fairly similar, Puel had more corners but fewer goals than Rodgers.

Possession:

Possession

Shots:

Shots

Shots on target:

Shots on target

Goals:

Goals

Corners:

Corners

Claude Puel managed Leicester City Football Club for just 16 months before having his contract terminated by the club on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

One game was managed by caretaker manager Mike Stowell, before Brendan Rodgers was appointed on a permanent contract on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Rodgers made the move from Celtic, and is well-known for managing Premier League clubs Liverpool, alongside Swansea City, as well as in lower league with Reading and Watford.

Lennon v Rodgers: Which manager fares better in Europe?

By Callum Faulds

Celtic have had a remarkable start to the Europa League this season under Neil Lennon, begging the question, how does this side compare to the one that was under Brendan Rodgers?

Celtic Fans in Seville

Celtic fans in the Seville 2003 UEFA Cup final (Source: Wikimedia)

If you were to ask Celtic fans what they thought of the Lennon appointment back in May, many of them would have expressed some form of disappointment but fast forward now to October and most of them couldn’t be happier.

This is because under Lennon, Celtic look unstoppable and not just domestically.

Under Rodgers, Celtic were not particularly exciting in Europe, qualifying for the Champions League once and Europa League Round of 32 twice.

Lennon looked to be the same after a shock defeat to Cluj in Champions League qualifying sent Celtic towards the Europa League.

But since this loss, Celtic are now undefeated in European games, gaining 7 points out of a potential 9 in their first three games.

Lennon V Rodgers Meta Chart

Last season under Rodgers, Celtic only managed 3 points. In all fairness to Rodgers, 2 of those games were away from home whereas Lennon has only played 1 away so far.

Even with this in mind, the consensus for many Celtic fans is that the Hoops under Lennon are a better side in Europe.

What’s interesting to see is that although more successful in their first three games this season, Celtic have managed fewer chances on goal.

This could mean that Rodgers plays more creative football than Lennon but at the same time it may also mean that Lennon’s side are more clinical.

What we can also see from the stats is that Lennon’s side is far more solid at the back, having conceded far fewer goals than Rodgers’ side.

It’ll be interesting to see how the two compare once Lennon’s side have played all 6 of their games. Right now they are 2 points away from Rodgers’ final group tally of last season.

Dryden Street Social gripped by legendary Paul Woolford set

By Jacob Moseley

Leicester’s house and techno fanbase were gifted a night to remember last week by one of the best original rave-scene DJs to grace a pioneer.

You would think the 39-year-old may have lost his way around the new technology young DJs use today, but recently being premiered on Radio 1 by Annie Mac says otherwise.

As well as being considered an integral part of the UK’s highly popular Warehouse Project (WHP), Woolford performs worldwide, covering Europe and America.

Born in Leeds, he grew to love House and Techno music through going to the Back to the Basics nightclub. He now has his own record label named Intimacy, and is also a weekly resident at Space in Ibiza.

With Dryden Street Social decorated with colourful illumination productions, green shades, and glimmering drapes covering the audience, the music and crowd seemed to be “At One”.

Embracing aspects of improvised jazz through his collaborative work with Paul Hession and taking huge inspiration from the modern composition of Steve Reich, Woolford has managed to make a perfect blend of well-accompanied disco samples with house beats.

Woolford had the club-goers whistling for more after his funky two-hour set came to a close, and after previous DJs such as Mall Grab last year topped sales at Dryden Street, Woolford did not disappoint.

The next event at the Dryden Street Social is Horse Meat Disco, on Sunday, November 17, bringing classic disco vibes perfect for the two-stepping vodka drinker.

Woolford, also known as Special Request, has recently performed in Bristol and Manchester and will be going on a European tour early next year.

Paul Woolford