Conclusion: An improvement of one place on last season – in the process navigating the unwanted task of playing early-season Champions League qualifying games after a World Cup.
Conclusion: An improvement of 3 points on last season – despite some woeful results since our title charge was ended at White Hart Lane.
Points off 1st Place
Conclusion: An improvement of 7 points from last season – a marked improvement relative to the other sides at the top.
Conclusion: An improvement of 11 on last season. Interesting to note that Chelsea’s goal difference improved by 27 and Manchester United’s by 14.
Conclusion: An improvement of 15 goals on last season.
Conclusion: A regression of 4 goals on last season, despite the addition of the superb Thomas Vermaelen and the inspirational return of Sol Campbell.
In every single important statistical indicator we have improved – except the number of goals conceded.
The biggest indicator of our progression this season is an improvement of our league position from 4th to 3rd. It is an achievement made more impressive by the improved performances of Tottenham and Manchester City and the prediction by many in the media that we would finish in 5th position and miss out on the Champions League altogether.
Chelsea won the title with four less points than Manchester United did last season despite scoring a record number of goals and having a quite remarkable goal difference of +71. That we managed to close the gap on the Premier League champions from 18 points to 11 points is a good indicator of our relative improvement in a league that has tightened significantly.
An improvement of 15 goals on last season indicates a good improvement in the attacking third, even despite a barren mid-season period where we struggled without Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner, and a quite horrendous end-of-season run that has yielded poor results.
As I mentioned the one area that we have regressed is defensively, with four more goals being conceded than last season. There are a multitude of reasons why this has happened – Johan Djourou’s early-season injury left us a little short on depth at the back and our goalkeepers have been extremely disappointing – yet the simple fact is that it is an area of our game that needs to be improved.
Overall though, we should be relatively happy in the knowledge that 2009/10 has been a significant improvement on 2008/09 even despite the huge increase in the number of injuries we have suffered.
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