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Atleti’s Angel has them flying high

Angel Correa has been one of Los Colchoneros' most influential players this season with three goals and one assist. What's more, Correa is the player who bypasses the most rivals with his passes, among the players with more than 10 passes between the lines and bypassing an average of 3.94 opponents. Watch out for Angelito's ability to move the ball forward on the next matchday

It’s your Game

Matchday 5

Valencia CF

1 - 2

Real Madrid

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Camp de Mestalla

Real Sociedad

0 - 0

Sevilla FC

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Reale Arena

Atlético de Madrid

0 - 0

Athletic Club

SÁB 18.09.202116:15

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Wanda Metropolitano

Deportivo Alavés

0 - 2

CA Osasuna

SÁB 18.09.202121:00

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Mendizorroza

Beyond Stats

Valencia CF

1 - 2

Real Madrid

DOM 19.09.202121:00

Season 2021/2022

Matchday 5

Camp de Mestalla

Winning the ball back and effectiveness in the final third, the Real Madrid way

The team managed by Carlo Ancelotti, currently joint leaders of LaLiga Santander, have been proving their success at stealing the ball from their opponents, managing a total of 12 dangerous recoveries per match. They are also the fourth-ranked team in the competition when it comes to the percentage of recoveries in the opposing half (27.44%). They have a player in their ranks who is really making the difference in this opening stint of the competition: the Brazilian Vinicius Jr. In addition to being on song in front of goal, he has managed to make important recoveries for Real Madrid, such as the one in the match against RC Celta on Matchday 4. Los Blancos visit Los Che this weekend as the team who unleash the most shots and make the most passes in the final third; that is, the area of the pitch closest to the opponents' goal.

Mestalla prepares for a high-intensity clash

The upcoming encounter pits two teams against each other who are both on form in front of goal. Los Che take on Real Madrid in a battle to see who has the most accurate shooting boots on, having recently changed their style of play with the arrival of Jose Bordalas in the dugout. The coach from Alicante espouses a direct approach, averaging a gain of 16.24 m per possession from when they regain the ball until their possession of it ends. As can be seen in the move which ended in Maxi Gomez's goal on the last LaLiga Santander matchday against CA Osasuna, the team advanced into the final third after picking up the ball in the middle of the park and the Uruguayan finished perfectly after receiving a cross from the right flank.

PLAYER FOCUS

Karim Benzema, a safe attacking bet

Karim Benzema has flown out of the blocks this season. Real Madrid's French forward is the top scorer in LaLiga Santander with five goals to his name, after notching a hat-trick on Matchday 4, when Madrid took on RC Celta at the Bernabeu. As we can see in the video, the striker receives the ball and plays it into space to complete a sensational move that ended in a goal for his side, taking out as many as three opponents per pass.

In fact, not only is he showing tremendous effectiveness in front of goal, but he is also linking up with his teammates perfectly, acting as a liaison with the midfield and standing out as the competition's top assist-provider with four passes leading to a goal. Furthermore, his physical condition and rapid style of play place him among the top three players who register the greatest number of high-impact actions.

Metric of the Week

Matchday 5

Find out the meaning of each metric

Distance gained in passes

Despite the fact that any well-executed pass is statistically counted as being successful, not all passes have the same impact. What if we could go one step further? This is what the 'distance gained with passes' metric is for. How is it measured? All passes played by each player are counted, and the direction of those passes is analysed in greater detail. If a player plays the majority of his passes forwards, he receives a positive figure for this metric; conversely, if the majority of his passes are back towards his own goal, he can obtain a negative rating.

HOW IT'S MADE

Beyond Stats offers incredible metrics which go beyond the ordinary in the football industry: it does not limit itself to gathering the data normally used for the standard analyses that reach fans, but goes one step further, collecting a vast amount of in-match information, almost in real time, thanks to LaLiga’ s Mediacoach proprietary tool, that is capable of revealing new perspectives on the game at a deeper level, allowing patterns to be traced and future predictions to be made. 

In every LaLiga stadiums we have up to sixteen high-resolution, fixed perimeter cameras for optical tracking which follow the positions of the players, referees, and the ball on the field of play, collecting the physical and technical/tactical data at the dizzying rate of 25 times a second. These devices permit the integration, through the Mediacoach analysis tool, of two technologies: tracking and eventing. Tracking is based on the positional information collected by the stadium perimeter cameras and allows for the generation of metrics such as distance covered, top and average speeds, and number of sprints. Eventing allows more objective events to be recorded: number of passes, corners, and fouls committed and received, for example. The information captured through tracking and eventing is integrated and stored in the system forming a high-volume set of data. 

The raw data collected is processed for analysis by a multidisciplinary team composed of LaLiga experts in business intelligence & analytics and football analysis, through machine learning and artificial intelligence processes made possible thanks to the Azure technology supplied by Microsoft, which is capable of processing large volumes of data. After processing, an algorithm is generated that permits the visualisation of the metrics that reach fans through Beyond Stats. These statistics allow fans to better understand why their team has won or lost a match, or to benefit from a panoramic view of their performance and expectations, gifting football fans an unprecedented immersion in the experience.