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LaLiga Beyond Stats

If you want to go deeper into the  advanced statistics behind LaLiga Santander, this is the space for you!

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.

Remarkable Coach

Pellegrini leads showstopping Betis juggernaut

Betis fans have plenty of reason to be happy with their team this term. Indeed, the Sevillians have chalked up 1.7 points per game, have won the joint-third most games in the league alongside Barcelona FC (16), whilst only a trio of teams have managed to find the net more times than Manuel Pellegrini’s boys.

However, if we take things a step further, we discover that not only do Betis create a raft of chances, they also offer some fine build-up play, as illustrated in this video. The Andalusians are amongst the front-runners in terms of the number of dangerous possessions per game (5.7), whilst, they’re the league runners-up when it comes to the number of carries leading to shots per game (3.8 per outing). It is worth noting that such runs not only create danger and goalscoring opportunities, but also add greatly to the spectacle.

As we progress with our analysis into the final third, we discover that nobody records more attempts than the Verdiblancos, who boast a shot conversion rate of 8%, which sees them land fourth place in the league table in this area. These criteria are linked to an aspect related to positioning that sets Pellegrini’s troops apart from the rest. What we’re referring to here is that Betis can lay claim to the fifth-widest team spacing in the division, which helps to open up spaces and promotes progressive play and goalscoring opportunities.


Key Player

A beyond-the-stats look at Pedri

In carrying out any sort of analysis about Pedri, it’s essential that we consider the context in which the starlet has burst onto the scene as one of the most promising prodigies in the world game. Not only has he emerged at a crucial time, exactly when his club needed him most, but he is flying the flag for the very brand of football that defines his club and is doing so under the tutelage of Barça icon Xavi.

The video features footage of one of his trademark carries, which see him travel an average of 16m before getting a shot off. He also ranks amongst the top flight’s leading five players for the number of passes in the attacking third, with 21 per outing. If we look more closely at the nature of these passes and focus on his long passes, which have earned him such rave reviews, we note that he is the league’s bridesmaid in terms of his success rate on long passes (86.7%).

Pedri’s elegant passing game is complemented with a high-octane approach that has landed him a top-five berth in terms of actions completed at over 21km/hr, as the fledgling talent posts over 44 every time he crosses that white line.


The Match up

Battle of the tacticians as Emery’s Villarreal collide against Marcelino’s Athletic

These two sides are separated by just a single point in the league standings and there’s a lot at stake in an intriguing contest that will have a big say in the end-of-season scrap to clinch a European spot, with both teams currently lying outside of the highly coveted continental berths.

We begin our analysis by looking at the clear contrast in the team’s fortunes in the goal stakes. Whilst the Yellow Submarine have registered 13 goals more than their Basque opponents, both teams have been breached 29 times. Meanwhile, if we look at the number of players beaten per pass, we find that the pair record similar statistics, with Villarreal posting a score of 2.84 to Marcelino’s men’s 3. One area in which the sides’ contrasting style is very evident is in the attacking build-up, where Villarreal lie fourth in the league standings for passes per possession, with 5.3, whilst the more route-one Athletic sit in mid-table in these rankings.

We round off our analysis by pointing out that in defensive terms, there’s little between the teams, with the Castellon-based outfit lying in fourth spot in the defensive efficiency charts and the boys from Bilbao sitting just one place ahead of them in third.


Remember his name

Borja Mayoral: a top-five ace who’s given Geta a new lease of life

The hitman has made a real impact since checking in at the Coliseum during the winter transfer window and currently features amongst the leading Spain-born goalscorers in this calendar year.

As we can see in this video, he’s one of the players who’s subject to the most intense pressure in the division when we analyse the distance to the nearest opponent when receiving a pass (under 3m).

However, Mayoral’s game is primarily about goals, a facet where he also lands a place amongst LaLiga Santander’s top five. With 0.68 goals per game, he ranks amongst the league’s leading quintet for goals on the basis of game time. However, goals are ultimately the result of success in a number of other areas, with his shot conversion rate being a case in point. Indeed, the Real Madrid man occupies a place amongst the league’s five top performers for shot conversion (36.7%).


Metric of the week

Distance of carries leading to shots & their application in game situations

A carry that results in a shot is understood to be a move that involves a player dribbling the ball before subsequently unleashing a shot. Such a tactic is frequently used in the final third and usually seeks to break opposition lines. In this instance, not only do we analyse the carry in its own right, but we also measure the distance travelled by the player and ball in the carry. In short, it’s a case of measuring the distance the player carries the ball in such moves, which culminate with a shot on goal.

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.