Grace on Football

Grace Robertson
Call it football, call it soccer, call it whatever you want. We're trying our best to use stats, tactics and other lenses to understand this beautifully opaque sport.
Created 17 Apr 2020
  • 20 Predictions for football in 2022
    05 Jan 2022 • 11 min read • 27 3
    Happy new year, everybody. To commemorate the turn of the calendar, and because I couldn’t think of something else to write, here are some predictions I have for football in 2022. Some are pretty obvi...
  • So are Man City just going to win the league now?
    31 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 2
    It feels like we all went from a thrilling three-horse race to a potential half-season procession in a blink of an eye. Chelsea and Liverpool have both dropped points in this strange Covid-affected Ch...
  • Diogo Jota is bringing scruffy goals back in fashion
    28 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 20 0
    Daniel Sturridge never got the respect he deserved. Part of that was down to injuries. He only managed two seasons in his Premier League career when he was able to play more than 2,000 minutes. It’s a...
  • Unlocked: How good was Diego Maradona REALLY at the 1986 World Cup?
    22 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 18 0
    Hi everyone, I’m away this week, so I’m re-running this old edition, previously for subscribers only but this time available to everyone. There are two ways of looking at Diego Armando Maradona. On on...
  • Conor Gallagher and context around stats
    20 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 22 0
    Hi everyone, I’m taking this week off, and this is the last newsletter before I finish up. In lieu of new content this week, I’ll be unlocking and rerunning some old premium newsletters for the free s...
  • Sergio Agüero's secret skill: adaptation
    17 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 2
    Sergio Agüero has announced his retirement from football. This comes after a failed brief spell at Barcelona that’s probably best forgotten, so let’s forget it. Let’s talk about the Agüero we would li...
  • Ok, so can Rangnick actually do it with this Man Utd squad?
    13 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    Note: I wrote this before news of the Covid outbreak at Manchester United. That makes the job a little harder, but doesn’t fundamentally change the story. At the end of the day, by far the biggest fac...
  • Can Everton ever build a coherent strategy?
    11 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 10 0
    I truly apologise for this terrible rhyming pun, but Marcel Brands was supposed to be a safe pair of hands. Predecessor Steve Walsh had no experience in a sporting director role, and it was obvious no...
  • What on Earth is up with Arsenal?
    06 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 26 1
    This month marks two years since Mikel Arteta took over as Arsenal boss. Those two years are some of the strangest in the history of the human race, so it hasn’t been the smoothest of long term integr...
  • Concept, competence, capital: can Ralf Rangnick fix Man Utd?
    30 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 1
    Hi everyone, here are a lot of my thoughts on Ralf Rangnick. This is already a pretty meaty discussion into Rangnick the manager and Manchester United as an institution. Since there’s already a lot of...
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