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Matchday 16

Recoveries in advantageous positions

Barcelona lie third in the LaLiga Santander table for the number of times possession is regained in advantageous positions. This means that Xavi’s men are one of the top teams in terms of the number of players in attacking positions after they regain possession.

In Barcelona’s case, this owes to the team’s high press and recoveries made when the opposition seek to play the ball out from the back. The Azulgranas press the opposition hard as a means to win the ball back high up the pitch.

It’s your Game

Matchday 9

Villarreal CF

1 - 2

CA Osasuna

DOM 17.10.202118:30

Season 2021/2022

Estadio de la Cerámica

RC Celta

0 - 1

Sevilla FC

DOM 17.10.202116:15

Season 2021/2022

Estadio ABANCA Balaídos

RCD Espanyol de Barcelona

2 - 0

Cádiz CF

LUN 18.10.202121:00

Season 2021/2022

RCDE Stadium

FC Barcelona

3 - 1

Valencia CF

DOM 17.10.202121:00

Season 2021/2022

Camp Nou

FC Barcelona

3 - 1

Valencia CF

DOM 17.10.202121:00

Season 2021/2022

Matchday 9

Camp Nou

Little to choose between 'Los Culés' & 'Los Che'

Ninety minutes of thrilling excitement awaits as Barcelona welcome Valencia, notoriously tricky opponents who are renowned for their high-intensity game. The Catalan giants boast the best possession figures in LaLiga Santander and the highest attacking build-up ratio. What’s more, Ronald Koeman’s men make good progress in possession, as reflected by the fact that they lie in second spot in the standings for possession in the opposition’s half. After relinquishing possession, Barça apply an effective counter-press and are the league’s second-best team when it comes to recoveries in the opposition’s half and one of the top three teams in terms of recoveries in advantageous positions.

Meanwhile, the Valencians adopt a highly pragmatic style of play. Jose Bordalas’s side can lay claim to being the third most efficient side as far as chance conversion is concerned. Los Che also occupy third spot in terms of distance gained per possession and sit pretty in fourth place in the ranking that measures the number of shots required to score. This promises to be quite some contest as possession football and efficiency battle it out to take the spoils.

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Bordalás blueprint carries real goal threat

Since taking up the reins at Mestalla, José Bordalás has stuck to the philosophy that has earned him a reputation as one of the top coaches in the game as he has retained faith in a low-risk playing style. His side is amongst the top five in the division in terms of the average distance gained per each possession, whilst the Valencians feature amongst the league’s two best-performing teams in terms of the distance from the opposition goal that possessions are started. The Valencians also take their place amongst the division’s top five sides for dangerous possessions, i.e. attacking moves in which there is a genuine chance of scoring.

Meanwhile, in the opening eight rounds of games, Barcelona have posted some of the division’s best statistics for distance gained per possession and are amongst the top three teams in terms of the average number of players involved per possession.

 

PLAYER FOCUS

Gonçalo Guedes is firing on all cylinders

The Portuguese attacker has been one of Los Che’s leading lights in the early weeks of the season. Indeed, he is amongst the top eight LaLiga Santander players in the high-impact action stakes. His eye-catching performances have brought one of his biggest assets to the fore: the ability to perform actions at high intensity, a facet of the game in which he is his side’s standout performer. He also tops the team’s dribbling stats and leads the way for the number of passes in the attacking third, shots on target and crosses into the box. Guedes’ terrific early-season form has yielded two goals and assists apiece, which is a fine return from a man who boasts immense physical prowess.

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Metric of the Week

Matchday 16

Find out the meaning of each metric

Opposition players beaten per pass

This metric involves calculating the number of opposition players who are beaten per pass.

The direct approach adopted by many of the teams in our competition is based on the idea of playing passes that beat as many opposition players as possible. Breaking lines allows a team to progress up the pitch as they seek to fashion situations in which they have a clear advantage.

HOW IT'S MADE

Beyond Stats ofrece métricas increíbles en la industria del fútbol: no se limita a recopilar los datos que se suelen usar para los análisis estándar que 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. 

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. 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. 

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.