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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 16

Granada CF

2 - 1

Deportivo Alavés

FRI 03.12.202121:00

Season 2021/2022

Nuevo Los Cármenes

FC Barcelona

0 - 1

Real Betis

SAT 04.12.202116:15

Season 2021/2022

Camp Nou

Real Sociedad

0 - 2

Real Madrid

SAT 04.12.202121:00

Season 2021/2022

Reale Arena

Rayo Vallecano

1 - 0

RCD Espanyol de Barcelona

SUN 05.12.202114:00

Season 2021/2022

Estadio de Vallecas

FC Barcelona

0 - 1

Real Betis

SAT 04.12.202116:15

Season 2021/2022

Matchday 16

Camp Nou

Recovering possession and doing it well

Barcelona sit pretty in third place in the LaLiga charts for the number of times possession is regained in advantageous positions. This comes as little surprise when we consider the Catalans’ high press and the number of recoveries made when the opposition seek to play the ball out from the back. These advantageous positions allow the team to build play up with more players in the attacking transitions. Barça boast the best stats in the league when it comes to the number of times possession is relinquished, successful dribbles and retaining possession in opposition territory.

One key hallmark of Real Betis’s blueprint is their shooting ability. The Verdiblancos’ build-up play is impressive and they sit in second spot for the number of shots taken and shots taken in open play, and are handily placed in fifth spot for the percentage of shots on target. Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini’s troops occupy fourth spot in the LaLiga table for carries that break the opposition’s midfield line.

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Turnovers & progress are the hallmarks to Betis success

The Sevillians feature amongst LaLiga’s top five sides for forwards passes after possession is regained. This enables the boys from the Benito Villamarin to launch swift, direct counter-attacks. Betis also sit in second place for the number of dangerous possessions amassed. As highlighted above, the team’s characteristics in the attacking phase make them one of the top-performing sides in the shooting stakes.

Barcelona have bagged themselves the final spot on the podium in terms of dangerous possessions, a statistic which is closely related to the fact that the Catalan giants top the division’s charts for dribbles per game.

PLAYER FOCUS

Juanmi is Betis’s Mr Clinical

Juanmi staked his claim by helping himself to the matchball last time out in a dazzling display that helped to boost his efficiency stats.

The frontman features amongst the top 10 players in LaLiga for shots taken, whilst 42% of his efforts have resulted in goals, a statistic that speaks volumes of his importance to the Seville-based side.

However, there’s far more to Juanmi’s game than goalscoring. Indeed, he lies second in his team’s charts for the number of carries that break the opposition’s line, whilst he’s top of the class in terms of high-intensity actions completed at over 21km/hr.

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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.