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Fact of the week

Atletico, at ease & effective when posing a threat

Dangerous possessions are very much a hallmark of Atletico Madrid’s attacking play. The Rojiblancos’ playing style and formidable attacking transitions see them occupy fourth spot in the LaLiga Santander standings for dangerous possessions, with the Wanda Metropolitano-based outfit racking up 4.7 per outing. This facet of the Madrilenians’ game is reflected in our weekly clip.

If we analyse possessions in terms of the number of players involved in them, we discover that Atleti’s possessions feature an average of almost three players, a tally that places Diego Simeone’s charges in fifth spot in the league charts. Meanwhile, Atletico’s possessions see them gain an average of almost 33m, a return that puts them mid-table in the league standings in this particular department.

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Emery’s boys excel when it comes to width in possession

Villarreal managed to pick up a point in their latest LaLiga Santander outing, a home meeting with Athletic Club. Despite not currently enjoying their best run of form, we’re still keen to focus on the technical and tactical aspects of the Yellow Submarine’s game that have caught our eye and offer us a better insight into the Castellon outfit’s playing style.

During their last game, Unai Emery’s charges posted the widest team spacing in possession across all of the league. This criteria helps the team to create space and offers a greater number of passing options. If we take a look at this criteria across the whole campaign, we discover that Villarreal lie second in these rankings, behind Sevilla. Meanwhile, it’s also worth noting that with a return of 58%, only three teams boast higher percentage statistics than the boys from the Estadio de la Ceramica.

If we dive deeper into the team’s possession and consider other aspects, we find that Villarreal sit in fourth position in terms of the number of passes per possession in their attacking build-up play.

Fact of the week

Geta are top of the class for opponents beaten per pass

In the last round of league action, Getafe led the way for the number of opponents beaten per pass, with an average of 3.5 as Quique Sanchez Flores’s charges claimed a 2-0 away success over RC Celta.

If we take a look at the average statistics for the whole season, Getafe sit in third spot in this department, with their passes beating an average of three players. The Azulones’ performance in this area is testament to their direct style, as is the third place that they’ve claimed in the percentage of long balls since Sánchez Flores took up the reins at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

However, if there’s one aspect that’s particularly worth highlighting since the appointment of the Madrid-born tactician, it’d be the team’s improved performance in defence. Since he took over, the side from the outskirts of Madrid have jumped up to sixth in terms of the fewest attempts received in the division. Getafe have also established themselves as the fifth-best team in the league when it comes to the number of shots required to score a goal against them, a statistic that speaks volumes of the job being done by David Soria, who boasts the second-highest saves percentage in the league, between the sticks.

Fact of the week

Possessions worth their weight in LaLiga gold

Real Madrid’s possessions are complete, diverse and highly effective. This is nothing new and is an aspect that we’ve highlighted throughout the season and one that came to prominence in the latest round of games.

In the Merengues’ last outing, against Espanyol, 4.4 players were involved in each of the hosts’ possessions. This was the highest figure across the league on a matchday that saw the Madridistas claim LaLiga Santander glory. If we look back over the whole campaign, Carlo Ancelotti’s troops have posted an average of 3.70 players per possession, a return which also puts the capital club top of the pile.  

This weekly clip illustrates how Real Madrid notched up this impressive figure in the latest matchday, whilst they have also posted the division’s highest score across the whole season.

Fact of the week

Cadiz continue to adapt to Gonzalez blueprint

As we can see in this video, Cadiz lie top of the league standings for the number of opponents beaten per pass. Last time out, the Andalusian outfit’s passes beat an average of 3.47 players, which compares favourably to the league average of 3.04. These decisive through-balls represent a departure from the very direct style that was a hallmark of their system prior to Sergio Gonzalez’s appointment. The Costa de la Luz-based side now find themselves halfway up the standings when it comes to build-up play, i.e. the number of passes per possession, whilst they stood bottom of the pile in this particular department under Alvaro Cervera’s stewardship.

As well as moving away from a direct style of play, Gonzalez’s Cadiz chalk up more passes per game, enjoy more possession in the opposition’s half, play more passes in the final third and record more attempts than under the team’s previous coach.

Fact of the week

Athletic display clinical streak

Marcelino’s men ended the LaLiga Santander Matchday 37 action as the side with the highest percentage of dangerous possessions that culminated in a goal thanks to the strikes from Alex Berenguer and Asier Villalibre. The Bilbao-based outfit, who are renowned across the competition for their ability to repeatedly produce high-intensity efforts, turned in an
eye-catching display in the final third to overcome CA Osasuna and keep their hopes of snatching the last European berth alive. This win saw the Leones take a big forward step in the final run-in as they displayed a clear desire to battle to the very end to achieve the objective established at the start of the campaign.

Fact of the week

Gonzalez’s Cadiz & the tale of tweaks in the nick of time

Cadiz secured their top-flight survival in dramatic fashion on the last matchday of the season. Sergio Gonzalez certainly had his work cut out when he took up the reins at the club, but he soon brought about some noticeable changes. The Andalusians improved in both boxes, created more chances and became more clinical, whilst also tightening up defensively. The direct football they played in the first half of the campaign was replaced by a system that involved more link-up play and high-tempo passing.

This clip illustrates just what a high-intensity outfit Cadiz have become, not only in terms of the number of high-intensity actions, but the distance they gain in such actions. Indeed, for each sprint completed at over 21km/hr, the team progressed almost 31m.

Fact of the week

Athletic are top dogs on width in possession

When we talk about a team’s width in various game scenarios, we inevitably refer to their convex hull rating. In this department, Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Club cover a bigger area of the pitch in possession than any of their top-flight rivals. This set-up affords the team greater space and improves the passing options available to the man on the ball.

Meanwhile, in the fitness stakes, the boys from Bilbao lie fifth in terms of distance covered (km) so far this term, but they rank top of the class for distance covered at high intensity. In addition, the Basques feature amongst the top four teams in the competition for the number of switches of play and through-balls.

Fact of the week

Villarreal’s possessions eat up the ground

A team’s possessions can be defined in a whole host of different ways. As well as looking at the number of players involved in each possession, percentage figures and areas of the pitch, we can also analyse the location and distance of a side’s possession.

Based on our analysis of this metric, we can see that Villarreal are LaLiga Santander’s top dogs when it comes to distance per possession, a feature of their game that helps them in the attacking phase. Indeed, the Yellow Submarine have already recorded several handsome victories so far this term and that comes as little surprise.

As well as making good ground, the Castellon outfit’s possessions are intricate, with only FC Barcelona stringing together more passes per possession. In sum, the distance covered by Villarreal owes to their passing and combination play.

Fact of the week

Barcelona’s dangerous possessions: plentiful in number & proportion

We very often refer to dangerous possessions as a raw number, but here we will speak of them in proportional terms and place them in a ranking.

FC Barcelona occupy second position in the league table for the team with the highest percentage of dangerous possessions relative to their overall possession statistic (6.9%), with only Real Madrid sitting ahead of them (7.4%). However, in terms of the total number of such moves per game, the Catalan giants share top spot with Los Blancos (5.8 per game).

Te explicamos cómo obtenemos estos datos de prepartido a través de la mejor tecnología

Beyond Stats ofrece métricas increíbles en la industria del fútbol: no se limita a recopilar los datos que se suelen usar para los análisis estándarque llegan a los aficionados, sino que va más allá, recopilando una cantidad ingente de información durante el partido, casi en tiempo real, gracias a la herramienta Mediacoach de LaLiga, que es capaz de revelar nuevas percepciones sobre el juego a un nivel más profundo permitiendo trazar patrones y obtener proyecciones de futuro.

Los datos brutos recogidos (Raw Data) son tratados para su análisis por un equipo multidisciplinar compuesto por expertos en Business Intelligence & Analytics y análisis futbolístico de LaLiga a través de procesos de Machine Learning e Inteligencia Artificial que se han hecho posibles gracias a la tecnología Azure que provee Microsoft, capaz de procesar grandes volúmenes de datos. Tras su tratamiento, se genera un algoritmo que permite la visualización de las métricas que llegan al aficionado por medio de Beyond Stats. Estas estadísticas permiten a los aficionados entender mejor por qué su equipo ha ganado un partido, lo ha perdido, o tener una visión panorámica de su rendimiento y expectativas, lo que permite una inmersión inédita en la experiencia del espectador de fútbol.

En todos los estadios de LaLiga encontramos hasta dieciséis cámaras perimetrales fijas de alta resolución para el tracking óptico que siguen en el terreno de juego la situación de jugadores, árbitros y balón, recogiendo datos físicos y técnico-tácticos a un ritmo vertiginoso de 25 veces por segundo.

“Encontramos hasta dieciséis cámaras perimetrales fijas de alta resolución para el tracking óptico”

Estos dispositivos permiten la integración, a través de la herramienta de análisis Mediacoach, de dos tecnologías: tracking y eventing. El tracking se apoya en la información de seguimiento recogida por las cámaras perimetrales del estadio, y permite elaborar métricas como las referidas a distancia recorrida, velocidad máxima y media, o número de sprints. Mediante el eventing se registran los eventos más objetivables: número de pases, córners, o faltas cometidas y recibidas. La información captada a través de tracking y eventing se integra y almacena en el sistema formando un conjunto de datos de gran volumen.