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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

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.

Remarkable Coach

Francisco delivers improvement in both boxes

As illustrated in this video, Elche are the league’s bridesmaids when it comes to the number of dangerous recoveries (17%). In practical terms, this means that the Valencians excel when it comes to regaining possession with more players ahead of the ball than the opposition, which clearly improves the team’s goalscoring chances after a defensive phase that culminates in a recovery. Elche’s success in this department should come as little surprise when we consider that they sit in fourth spot in the league standings for the number of players involved in the press immediately after losing possession, with more than three players.

If we were to take a closer look at Elche’s performances following Francisco’s appointment, the main change relates to the team’s improved effectiveness and intensity. The Franjiverdes occupy the final spot on the top-flight podium for actions completed at over 21km/hr, are second for actions at over 24km/hr and feature amongst the top five for actions at over 28km/hr

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Key Player

Danjuma is leading performer amongst top dogs

This video illustrates what a key role intensity plays in Arnaut Danjuma’s game, with high-octane actions a constant feature of his play. Indeed, he’s involved in almost four actions at over 28km/hr per game. The gifted attacker combines his intensity with effectiveness and sharp decision-making to make him one of the top attacking players in the LaLiga Santander standings. He records the second-most attempts on goal in the division, with 3.7 per outing, whilst he’s amongst the top four players when it comes to the number of shots on target and, last but not least, he features amongst the division’s top 15 talents for the number of high-impact attacking actions.

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The Match up

Real Madrid v Espanyol: hosts require point to secure title

Carlo Ancelotti’s troops can claim the league title in this encounter. The Chamartin-based outfit require just a point to clinch the league honours and could do so with several games to spare. There are many factors that have resulted in the Blancos taking the title at a canter this term and analysis of the statistics offers us an insight into these elements. What’s more, we can also compare the statistics recorded by both sides to predict how this Matchday 34 meeting will pan out.

One of Real Madrid’s biggest strengths over the course of the season has been their dangerous possessions, with the Merengeus chalking up an average of 6.8 per game to establish themselves as the league’s top performers. Meanwhile, Espanyol’s average return in this department is 3.8 per game. However, there is one area in which the two teams register similar results and that is distance per possession, where they occupy third and fourth place, with both teams gaining 35m per possession.

It is worth noting that the Barcelona-based side excel as one of the top four teams in the league in terms of the number of players involved in the press immediately after possession is relinquished and this could be one of the key factors in their showdown against Real Madrid.

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Remember his name

Wing-back Garcia is stellar performer

It is little wonder than Fran Garcia has established himself as a key cog in his team’s system in both defensive and attacking transitions. The intensity levels produced by the wing-back and his teammates see Rayo Vallecano have a lot of joy down the flanks. Indeed, the Vallecas-based outfit boast three of the top six players to have covered the most ground at over 21km/hr in Ivan Balliu, Alvaro Garcia and the player we’re focusing on here: Fran Garcia.

Garcia takes his place on the top-tier podium for the number of actions completed at over 21km/hr, racking up almost 15 per outing. These intensity levels see him play a key part in the team’s attacking play. Indeed, he’s involved in an average of more than 48 attacking actions per game and is one of the Madrilenians’ top-four performers in this department, whilst he also excels in terms of crosses into the box, registering 3.4 per match

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Metric of the week

Actions completed at over 28 km/h

Actions completed at over 28km/hr are those that involve high intensity. This metric measures a player’s ability to perform an action for more than 10m at over 28km/hr and allows us to measure intensity levels and link them to technical and tactical criteria with a view to improving our understanding and helping us in our preparation and analysis of the game. These actions are also really important for coaching staff when it comes to assessing fitness levels and monitoring and reducing the risk of injury.

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.