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The Double Pivot: Soccer analysis, analytics, and commentary

Soccer analysis, analytics, and commentary with hosts Mike Goodman and Michael Caley

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Spurs are frauds, but at least Serie A just got interesting!

The magic of the F.A. Cup is all anyone in the world is talking about, so the two Mikes are joining in. They wax poetic on Southampton's demise, Mourinho's good and bad days, Spurs' frustration and Chelsea at their best. Then, they turn their attention to what has suddenly become a riveting race for the Coppa Campioni d'Italia.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

59mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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Is it time to question whether Mourinho's style can still consistently work?

One day, Manchester United's tactics look brilliant. The next, foolish. So, which is it? The two Mikes examine the differences between an impressive win over Liverpool and a listless Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla, and whether the Special One's playbook won't work in the current era of world football. Plus, with just Manchester City and Liverpool left in the quarterfinals, is it fair to ask if it reflects poorly on the Premier League? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

59mins

16 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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Fixer Upper, except with European soccer superpowers

Bayern is boring, Real Madrid can't score and Jadon Sancho's on fire, perhaps a bit at Christian Pulisic's expense. After a quick Liverpool vs. Manchester City recap, the two Mikes look at the problems facing some of the clubs we regularly expect in Champions League semifinals, and what it may take to keep them at that level come season's end. Over at Patreon, they look to England to examine Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs' woes.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

56mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Is this Neymar deal for real? Plus, what the Premier League's Top 6 remaining needs

There's some stupid money being thrown around, and the two Mikes can't even get a cut. PSG is prepared to pay a massive amount of money for Neymar, which certainly presents the question of whether he's worth it. Furthermore, would anything short of a Champions League title constitute a failure if the French giants get their man? As a chaser, the guys take a quick look at what's left for England's best teams to accomplish in the final month of the transfer window.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

1hr

1 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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Advanced Studies in Wrongness

Last week a conch was blown. This conch, unbeknownst to us, was endowed with the power to make Arsenal win a blowout and reach a cup final. So we return to Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham to ask what we got wrong and what we want to retract from last week. Plus Coutinho, Alexis, Mkhitaryan and more transfer talk.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

52mins

25 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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The Champions League is boring right now, so let's talk about other things

International breaks and the second half of Champions League group play are a drag, so the two Mikes turn their attention elsewhere. They review Arsenal's victory over rival Spurs, what it means for both teams going forward and where they fit in the league pecking order. Then, they talk about just how good Manchester City are, how Pep Guardiola's squad currently works, and how remarkable the tactics are in execution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

49mins

21 Nov 2017

Rank #6

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Where did the Premier League cpme from and where is it going?

This week Mike and Michael are joined by Wall Street Journal sportswriter Jonathan Clegg, co-author of the new book, The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports. It's a history of the business of the Premier League, how it was formed and negotiated, how it grew, the structural forces that shaped its growth. It's catnip for a Double Pivot conversation, and we had a lot of fun.You can follow Jonathan on twitter at @cleggjon and read more about the book from the publisher here: https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/The-Club/9781328506450. The other book discussed on the podcast was David Goldblatt's The Game of Our Lives.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

54mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier problem

As a Spurs fan, Caley can't stand idly by while his team considers bringing in a player with a questionable past. He and Goodman talk through the issue before turning their attention to Manchester City vs. Everton and Chelsea vs. Spurs, two matches that contained far less sense than they should have. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

51mins

23 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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Spurs-Chelsea fallout, Real Madrid is bad & Non-Top Six Team of the Season

Most cup matches are irrelevant to the two Mikes. Nevertheless, they attempt to draw sweeping conclusions about the state of affairs with Spurs and Chelsea. Then it's on to Real Madrid, which might be pulling a Manchester United with a sudden fall from the top. Finally, you asked for it, and now you get it. They close out by picking the first few players of the season thus far — from non-top six Premier League clubs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

51mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Chelsea's continued stumble and the relegation race

Chelsea's sudden stumble is on the verge of an all-out spiral, and the two Mikes are trying to figure out why it happened and the reasonable steps should it not get any better. Should Sarri be given another year and allowed to keep shaping the roster for the future? At the other end of the table, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Burnley, Newcastle, Brighton and Cardiff are fighting to stay out of the spot above Fulham and Huddersfield in the relegation battle. Who does enough to stay up?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

59mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Mourinheulogy

Jose Mourinho's sacking feels like the end of a story. We try to tell it correctly. How did it all go wrong at United? What was new in his failures at United that wasn't present in previous managerial stints? What is "Mourinho ball" anyway, and what have we learned about it at United? Is it outdated? Is it dependent on a certain talent baseline? And finally, where will Jose go next?Plus a little Christmas Bible History Corner.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

1hr 6mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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The Title Race Tightens

Thanks to injuries, some key players have been moved around in Liverpool's formation, and it's not going great, as evidenced by draws to West Ham and Leicester. Meanwhile, City don't look like their usual steamroller selves, but it hasn't mattered. What does it all mean? And what would it take for Spurs to get a serious run in the race? The two Mikes are here for you.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

1hr 1min

7 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Unpacking everything from Liverpool vs. Spurs

The latest edition of Liverpool vs. Spurs contained multitudes and the two Mikes are here to break it down, but not before a quick look at Burnley vs. Chelsea, which was super weird in its own right.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

56mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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How exactly do analytics work when it comes to defense?

Defense presents a lot of problems when it comes to statistical analysis, and it gets very tricky when you start to move beyond chances created or conceded. The easy-to-define link between what players are doing and the endpoint of expected goals and goals on offense isn't so easy to follow backwards from the same result on defense. The two Mikes examine why defensive stats aren't great, and why reacting to what an offense is doing is hard to quantify beyond the reaction itself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

55mins

14 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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A quick glance across Europe as we come out of the break

The two Mikes start a light jog into the return of club soccer after the international break, analyzing the most notable performances thus far in La Liga (Barcelona - good!, Atletico - not so good!), Serie A (it's more entertaining than you think!), and the Premier League, including a quick preview of Spurs vs. Liverpool off the top, and some Watford talk at the back. The Bundesliga will have to play more games before being broken down. Sorry, Bundesliga. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

55mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #15

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City - Liverpool - Pulisic

What a game! The Mikes had an incredible amount of fun watching City play Liverpool with the title pretty much on the line, and they take you through the game, hitting on the big moments, the tactical shifts, and what this game means for the title race. Then it's over to the big transfer news and the American Christian Pulisic going to Chelsea for over £50m. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

1hr 2mins

4 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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Did the opening fixtures confirm your EPL top 7 suspicions?

The two clubs from Manchester are clearly going to battle it out for the Premier League's greatest prize, while every other team is a roaring trash fire. We might as well end the season now. The two Mikes discuss whether last week's results fell in line with their expectations for the clubs involved before turning their attention to the rest of Europe, and specifically whether anyone will challenge Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus or Bayern Munich for domestic titles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

1hr 2mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #17

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Spurs' Mourinho era begins

There are so many reasons why the marriage of Tottenham Hotspur and Jose Mourinho is bound to end in an ugly divorce, but for now, the two Mikes imagine a world where it just might work. Before that, they take a quick look at the biggest match in England this weekend: Manchester City vs. Chelsea.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

56mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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The Triumph of Basic Football (and also Juventus)

Caley is not happy about the football but he's happy to have his primary, gremlin-free-usb laptop back. He and Goodman talk about Spurs not bottling it against Juventus and the weird, basic, extremely good tactics of Valverde's Barcelona. Can Chelsea beat them? The two hosts slightly disagree. Then a little love for Liverpool before it all ends.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

42mins

9 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Why Alexis is like the Spartan general Brasidas, and other blowout revelations

Quick note off the top: The audio quality of this episode isn't up to our normal standards, and we're sorry for that. This was our second attempt, and we decided a grainy-sounding something was better than nothing this week. SB Nation's Graham MacAree joins Michael Caley to talk about some weird results, the questions we're not asking in analytics, and yes, a digression that ties together Alexis Sanchez and the Peloponnesian War.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport the show (http://patreon.com/doublepivot)

1hr 3mins

17 Feb 2017

Rank #20