Adrian Clarke takes a look at the tactical trends of the 2017/18 Premier League.
For the fourth season in a row, the Premier League champions have proved the importance of selecting settled sides.
And in some respects, 2017/18 champions Manchester City followed suit.
In the season just gone, the only side to have used fewer starters than City were Burnley.
Pep Guardiola did not use many different players, but the City manager did tinker with his starting XIs on a regular basis.
Least and most starters in 2017/18
|Fewest starters||Most starters|
Guardiola named the same starting XI in consecutive PL matches on only one occasion.
He often made one or two changes at a time, preferring to keep the majority of his line-up the same.
This was also true in terms of the City formation. Guardiola used a 4-3-3 in all but four of their 38 matches.
Using fewer players adds stability and increases familiarity on the pitch.
Dyche keeps it consistent
Burnley were the team to have kept the most familiarity in their line-ups.
On the flip side, Jurgen Klopp was the only manager to change his starting XI for all 38 matches.
The impact that substitutions have on a match is another consideration for managers.
They need to make the right calls at the right moments to influence matches.
In this respect Jose Mourinho was the most successful.
Most team substitute goals
Individually, Olivier Giroud was the standout "super-sub", for both Chelsea and Arsenal.
Most player substitute goals
Also in this series
Part 1: Tactical review: Coaches show flexibility
Part 3: Tactical review: Players saving their best shots
Part 4: Tactical review: Free-kick goals a dying breed
Part 5: Tactical review: Tackles on the slide