Chelsea was the antithesis of Man Utd in 2016/17 season

| 7th Jun 2017

Chelsea was the antithesis of Man Utd in 2016/17 season

Chelsea FC holds the record for the highest percentage of minutes played by the 11 most employed footballers: 85.5%. Conversely, Manchester United is among the 50 clubs with the highest turnover rate. This is according to the latest weekly post of the CIES Football Observatory which presents turnover strategies followed in domestic league matches of the 2016/17 season by clubs from 27 top division European leagues.

Many Champions League participants are part of the 50 clubs in which the 11 most fielded footballers played for the highest percentage of minutes: Tottenham, Napoli, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Monaco and Atlético Madrid. Europa League finalist Ajax also features in the list. This finding shows that it is possible to be successful both at domestic and European level without high turnover rates.

However, Manchester United followed a radically different strategy. José Mourinho’s team is among the 50 teams in the 27 leagues surveyed with the lowest percentage of minutes played by the 11 most fielded footballers: 62.8%. This reflects an unusually high level of changes in line-ups selected. In the future, more stability is probably needed to sustainably improve results.

% of minutes played by the 11 most employed footballers
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