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This video illustrates how recoveries can be distinguished not only in terms of their effectiveness, but also their quality. Barcelona record the fourth-most advantageous recoveries in the league, i.e. situations that involve a numerical advantage and where the side in possession has more players ahead of the ball than the opposition.
Given the importance of build-up play in the system deployed by Xavi’s troops, the team’s set-up at the start of the attacking transition is key. This video shows how the Barcelona players react in these situations. It’s worth pointing out that 15% of the Catalan giants’ recoveries put them at an advantage.
Real Madrid are the LaLiga Santander front runners for the number of carries leading to shots, with four per game to their name. Carries can be analysed from a whole host of angles, but in this case we’re keen to look at their outcome, i.e. shots.
There’s no question that Ancelotti’s charges are capable of making the most of these actions, as illustrated in our Clip of the Week. The players’ ability to go past their man, their skill level and decision-making ability are key to the success of such actions, which can reap rich rewards for the capital club.
As we can see in this clip, Simeone’s boys post an average of two carries that lead to shots per game. Indeed, this is one of Atleti’s favourite tactics to pose a threat on goal. If we dive deeper and take a look at what the Wanda Metropolitano-based outfit do in possession, we learn that they feature amongst the league’s top five teams for the number of players per possession (almost three), whilst they find themselves amongst the division’s leading five teams for the number of dangerous possessions per match (4.6).
When it comes to possession, there are a whole host of aspects that we can analyse, with one of them being the degree of danger created. When we speak of dangerous possessions, we’re referring to those that end in a goal or a goalscoring opportunity. This video features a dangerous possession put together by Manuel Pellegrini’s charges. Betis excel in this department and lie second in the LaLiga standings for the number of dangerous possessions (5.7 per outing).
The Real Madrid players ensure that their team balance enables them to consistently produce and improve on their statistics as the games goes on. As we can see in the latest instalment of Clip of the Week, the Blancos record more dangerous possessions than any other side in the league (6.76 per game) and, crucially, they make them count.
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When it comes to any discussion of Valencia, one thing is for sure and that’s that they boast an instantly recognisable playing style. One element of their system is reflected by the fact that no other LaLiga Santander side completes more actions at over 28km/hr (30.6 per outing) than the boys from Mestalla. If we look at the initial passes in their attacking transitions, we discover that the Valencians rank fourth in the top-flight charts for the percentage of forward passes following a turnover (59%). Meanwhile, in terms of their possession, 31% is in the opposition’s half, a figure which puts them fifth in the league standings.
It is well worth underscoring the team’s efficiency in front of goal. Los Che sit pretty in fourth in the LaLiga Santander standings for shot conversion (13.2%). However, if there’s one area of the attacking phase where Bordalas’s boys really excel, it’s on set pieces. Valencia lie top of the league pile in terms of the number of deadballs per game (almost 16). We also mustn’t forget the team’s ability to counter the opposition’s attacking threat, with the Valencians top dogs for the number of opposition attacks that are broken down (almost 30 per game).
Cadiz’s playing style has undergone a clear facelift since Sergio Gonzalez took up the reins. The Spanish tactician was appointed in mid-January to engineer an upturn in fortunes for a side that had secured just two wins in the opening 20 matchdays.
If we take a closer look at the changes that have been introduced we note that, under Gonzalez’s tutelage, the Costa de la Luz outfit have picked up twice as many points per game at 1.5, which has seen them rise from 18th position to eighth in these particular standings. Meanwhile, in terms of points per goal, the Andalusians have also upped their game and the ratio of 1.5 and second spot in the league charts contrasts sharply with the 0.8 ratio that saw them languish down in 17th.
It is worth honing in on both ends of the pitch as we analyse and discover the systems that have changed. Since Gonzalez checked in, the team has registered 4.3 passes per possession, which is enough to secure 10th place in the league standings for this facet, in which Cadiz stood rock bottom under the previous manager. At the other end of the pitch, it’d be amiss of us not to mention the team’s performance in terms of defensive containment, i.e. the side’s ability to prevent the opposition from posing a threat on goal. The side’s score in this area has jumped from 80% to 86% as the Amarillos have climbed from bottom spot to fourth place in the competition standings.
Many aspects of Carlos Soler’s game make him a leading light in the Valencia ranks. As we can see in this clip, his passes, which beat an average of 3.3 opponents, are capable of making all the difference. Meanwhile, he covers more ground per match than any of his teammates (an average of 10.8km per outing).
If we dive deeper in our analysis of the Spaniard’s ability to create play, we simply have to mention his supreme crossing ability. He completes an average of 5.5. crosses per game, which places him amongst the top 15 players in LaLiga Santander for the number of crosses delivered. In terms of the quality of his crosses, he posts a 29.5% success rate, a return that sees him lead the way in the Valencia charts and puts him amongst the front runners across the league as a whole.