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Matchday 30

Quality recoveries & build-up play that offers guarantees

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.

It’s your Game

Matchday 30

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Matchday 30

Camp de Mestalla

Bordalas’s blueprint: high-octane football & impressive shot conversion

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).

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Gonzalez’s keys to hoisting Cadiz from drop zone in four-month spell

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.

 

PLAYER FOCUS

Crossing maestro Soler is key difference-maker

 

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.

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Metric of the Week

Matchday 30

Find out the meaning of each metric

Number of players involved per possession offers clear indication of team’s style

There are a number of ways in which a team’s possession can be defined, with the number of players involved in them being one of the methods that we analyse. This criteria measures how many team members touch the ball during the course of an attacking transition. Teams whose game involves more intricate build-up play and possessions typically feature more players per possession.

As this video illustrates, Real Madrid are the LaLiga Santander champions for the number of players involved per possession, with an average of 3.67 per outing.

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.