A statistical defense of Jose Mourinho

Before me was a very low point to our team, well let me clarify.  Prior to the 2013-2014 we had consistently won the league or been in the top 4 and by consistent I mean the last time we finished outside of the top 4 was the 1990-1991 season. The team was full of winners and the manager had created a wonderful culture for winning and doing it in style.  Teams that went forward with pace down the wings and had forwards who could score goals, lots of goals! The stats below describe his last season in charge, 86 goals, that is astonishing! Only 3 times before had the team scored more goals than that in a season during the Premier League Era: 2001-2002 (87), 2011-2012 (89), 1999-2000(97).  The team was really playing well and then the manager retired.  

12 - 13 Statistics, 1st place in EPL

12 - 13 Statistics, 1st place in EPL

Now we are to the low point.  In the 3 years that followed the previous managers retirement the team did not score more than 64 goals in the league or finish higher than 4th in the league, which remember had ben done EVERY SINGLE YEAR since 1991.  In 2014-2015 I was managing a different team in the same league and we won the league, scoring 73 goals which was second most in the league behind Manchester City.  In 13-14 the newly appointed manager did not last the season.  The team conceded the same amount of goals and kept the same number of clean sheets but they could not produce the attacking prowess necessary to compete in the league because the goals scored dropped by 22 goals.  

13 - 14 Statistics, 7th place in EPL

13 - 14 Statistics, 7th place in EPL

Another manager was appointed at the end of the 2013-2014 season and took over for the next two season.  The goals per game continued to drop but so did the goals conceded which equaled a better place in the league for the next two season.  The number of big chances created was again far from the total of the 2012-2013 along with almost 50 less shots over the season.  But that is not because the team did not have the ball, during the 2014-2015 season the team average 560 passes per match at 85% which means we had the ball, just didn't do anything with it! Defensively the team averaged below 1 goal against per game which puts you in contention to win the league, if you can score.  Remember, the other team I managed this year won the league! 

14-15 Statistics, 4th place in EPL

14-15 Statistics, 4th place in EPL

In the 2015-2016 the statistics paint a dire picture for the club.  A few years prior to this season the team scored 86 goals!  Now 37 goals less and only 44 big chances created!  The team was not playing crosses the ball into the box nearly as much, nor crossing with the same accuracy as well at only 19%. Defensively the team achieve another successful year with 18 clean sheets, 5 more than the title winning session of 2012-2013. But success over a full season demands the appropriate balance of attack and defense, something the fans were demanding, ATTACK!

15 - 16 Statistics, 5th place in EPL

15 - 16 Statistics, 5th place in EPL

Enter Me! In the 2016-2017 season the team placed a lowly 6th place but let's take a closer look at the statistics.  5 more goals scored, 6 less goals conceded!  46 more shots on target than the year before, along with 62 Big chances created, which was the most since the 2012-2013 season. Crosses were back up to 848 with 24% accuracy which aided in the big chances created. Goals conceded was to a low of 0.76 per game, along with a stellar 17 clean sheets.  The team only lost 5 games in the league during the 2016-2017 season, tied with the 2012-2013 season.  The major let down were too many games drawn. 

16-17 Statistics, 6th place in EPL

16-17 Statistics, 6th place in EPL

Onto this season, my second season in charge.  Finally, the club is back into the top 2 with a second place finish!  We continued to score more goals than previous years with 68 goals scored and only 28 conceded, a +40 goal differential is only 1 less than the 2012-2013 title winning season.  Big chances created for the season rose to 60 and goals per game was down to 0.74.  19 clean sheets! Statistically the team was playing the best since the title winning season of 2012-2013.  

17 - 18 Statistics, 2nd place in EPL

17 - 18 Statistics, 2nd place in EPL

I think that the project is going very well.  After 4 years of missing the top 3 the club is back in the top 2.  The team was consistently under performing on the attacking end of the field and scoring less goals.  The statistics create a picture of negative defensive play before my arrival. We have scored the most goals since the title winning season of 2012-2013 and creating big chances.  

Based on the statistics how do you think I am doing?