It’s the first international break. In theory, it’s the first time you can really make a comparison with last season. Even though, in fact, the only moment you can really make a comparison will be next spring, when the current season will be over.

Each team starts the season with every intention of improving the results of the previous season, apart from the title winners who “simply” want to repeat the same result. Some teams are able to improve while others aren’t. Let’s see, anyway, how the National League’s teams are doing compared to last season at the first international break. Let’s find out who, compared to the international break of November 2018, improved the most.

Let’s start by taking the points earned into consideration. Whereas the number of games played is different compared to 12 months ago, teams are ranked by points on average.


Comparison 2018-19 / 2019-20 season at the first international break

Davos and Rapperswil… guys, who would think that these two teams were the playout finalists only a couple of months ago?

The Ibexes are reborn and that was not an easy task considering the aftermath of last season, especially under the mental point of view. Rappi on the other hand, after a year of experience and after that they reinforced themselves in a smart way, are now a tough nut to crack.

These are the two teams that improved the most compared to last season!

Also the ZSC Lions improved a lot though. And also them, they are reborn compared to last season when they surprisingly missed the playoffs.

To note that, Davos and ZSC Lions, are the proof that also important changes can bring results in the short term.

Among the teams who worsened there are instead Fribourg Gottéron, Langnau and Bern. Each of these teams deserves a separate discussion.

Gottéron are paying for a very poor start of the 2019-20 season that led to the dismissal of Mark French. But the Dragons are improving and have been doing well lately. Langnau for their part earned impressive results last season, especially during the first part of the regular season, and let’s face it, it is difficult to do the same. Finally, Bern seriously had an unexplicable poor start of this season.

Let’s compare other data. The ones of the goals scored and goals conceded this season compared to one year ago.

Also in this case, we’re taking the goals average into consideration.


Comparison 2018-19 / 2019-20 season at the first international break

Also in this case, Davos improved a lot. The Ibexes, with a new coach and two new imports (3 with the arrival of Otso Rantakari who replaced the injured Nygren) are doing a terrific job. They scored 1.6 goals on average per game more than last season.

The ZSC Lions on the other hand, added Dominik Diem, Garrett Roe (transfer of the year!), Marco Pedretti, Axel Simic and Markus Krüger to their roster. But they lost Fabrice Herzog, Marco Miranda, Roman Cervenka and Jérôme Bachofner. We mean, overall, they’re only slightly better this season on paper… and yet, thanks to the work of Rikard Grönborg and his staff, now the Lions are a scoring machine!

Rapperswil for their part have new imports who make the difference. Moreover, all the additions (including the Swiss ones) brought in experience and quality. If to all this we add the extra-year of National League experience the results are the logical consequence.

The teams that, instead, score much less compared to last season are Lugano and Bienne. Both teams scored more than half goal on average per game.

The Bianconeri lost Gregory Hofmann, of course. But their potential, considering the addition of Reto Suri and Dominic Lammer (without forgetting Sandro Zangger), should be enough to score more in our opinion.

The Seeländers for their part had to deal with several injuries and darn struggled to score goals especially earlier this season. Lately though, things have been improving and it’s likely that will improve even more.

Finally, let’s talk about goals conceded.


Comparison 2018-19 / 2019-20 season at the first international break

This data shows, once again, how Davos are reborn. The “fawns” have become “ibexes” again and now they’re even more solid. Last season in fact, they were very fragile, in every way. Now instead, they’re brillant!

Also Ambrì-Piotta improved, even though the loss of Samuel Guerra was difficult to digest. Luca Cereda’s troops, however, thanks to their system of play and their goalies, are oftentimes solid despite what their table position might suggest. In fact, they’re more solid compared to last season.

Also Genève Servette improved. Patrick Emond’s troops have an out of the ordinary team spirit and the goalies – Robert Mayer and Gauthier Descloux – are having a great season. In fact, when the two goaltenders are at the top of their game… the Eagles win their games.

The teams that instead concede more goals compared to last season are, especially, Zug, Langnau and Bern. Also in this case, each of these teams deserve a separate discussion.

Zug conceded way too many goals, even though things have been improving lately. We’re thinking that perhaps Leonardo Genoni addition made the Bulls subconsciously more distracted.

Langnau instead, who’ve also been improving lately, are strangely not solid. Knowing their coach, however, it’s likely that soon enough the Tigers will become rock solid again.

The figures of Bern, finally, are impressive in a negative way. The Bears, in fact, are normally recognized as one of the most solid teams of the league. We’d say they’re in hibernation more. This data, anyway, it’s likely to improve as the season goes on.

Yet, to draw any conclusion, we still have to wait a couple of months. Then it will be clear who did the best job last summer and this season. See you soon, guys 🙂