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Barcelona put together almost five dangerous possessions per game. As highlighted in this video, when we talk about dangerous possessions, we are referring to those that culminate in a goal or a goalscoring opportunity. The effectiveness of such possessions can be assessed on the basis of a number of criteria, but, without doubt, one which greatly enhances Barcelona’s possessions is the number of players involved in the play.
We can analyse a team’s possession from a number of perspectives: length, the threat posed, the number of players involved, etc. In the latest Weekly Clip, we take a look at how Real Madrid make the most of their elaborate possessions. The Merengues have chalked up the most dangerous possessions in the division (over six per game), whilst they also take the league crown for long possessions (over 30 seconds), which represents 23% of the capital club’s possessions.
A team’s possession has to involve a number of ingredients in order to make it truly effective and the possession enjoyed by Carlo Ancelotti’s troops clearly features a number of qualities. As illustrated in this video, the Merengues boast the highest number of players per possession in the league, whilst they lie in third spot in terms of distance per possession (36m). What’s more, the Madridistas chalk up more dangerous possessions per game than any other team in the league (6.28). In short, football isn’t all about having the ball, it’s what you do with it that makes the difference.
Let’s take stock and remind ourselves that a dangerous recovery relates to the number of players, both from the recovering team and the opposition, in front of the ball when possession is regained. A recovery is considered to be dangerous depending on whether there are roughly the same number of players ahead of the ball from the team that regained possession as there are opposition players.
This is precisely what we exploring in the latest Weekly Clip, where we see Lopetegui’s men’s ability to generate danger after winning the ball back.
Vinicius is the leading light in the Spanish top flight for carries that result in shots, which is the focus of our latest Weekly Clip. The Brazilian speedster combines physical prowess and ability to pick out a quality pass that results in a shot.
These actions play a major role in terms of generating play in the final third for many of the division’s teams. Indeed, Real Madrid and Real Betis lie joint top of the LaLiga standings for the number of carries that result in shots.
ElClasico brings two of Spanish football's rivals par excellence head to head. FC Barcelona host Real Madrid as the team with greatest possession ratio, initiative and attacking build-up play in the competition, or in other words, a team that attempts to control the game through possession. Ronald Koeman's charges hold the top spot when it comes to the number of passes, and are second on the percentage of possession accumulated in the opposing half. However, it is not all about keeping the ball. Once they lose it, this Barça team have shown that they work hard to win it back: they are among the top three on the percentage of recoveries in the opposing half. The effectiveness of their pressing after losing the ball reduces the need to sit back and defend, minimising the threat to their goal: they are among the top five teams who concede the fewest shots.
They take on their arch-rivals, Real Madrid, who head into the clash with their attacking effectiveness as their trump card. Los Blancos are the side who unleash the most shots in the competition, and the one who manage to place the greatest percentage of their shots on target. The outfit overseen by Carlo Ancelotti is also the one with the greatest effectiveness in all of LaLiga Santander both when it comes to building up the play and finishing: they are the team who need the fewest shots to score a goal. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr, among others, are managing to convert the team's attacking potential into a veritable onslaught for opposing defences and goalkeepers. They are on fire up front!
The time for LaLiga's stars to do battle has arrived. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid face each other in the most eagerly awaited match of the season. Los Azulgranas stand out for their ability to gain ground in each of their attacking moves: they are the team who advance the greatest distance per possession in all of LaLiga Santander. Koeman's men are also second in the competition in terms of involving the most players in each possession, as well as the team who make the most double-pressure passes per match. All of these metrics demonstrate their intent and ability to link-up in tight spaces.
Los Blancos, meanwhile, are the team who have scored the most goals in the competition, by some margin, notching up a total of 22. Real Madrid serve up a more direct game than their opponents, showing an outstanding efficiency: they are the team with the greatest percentage of dangerous possessions ending in a goal. Their attacks are characterised by their power and explosiveness, as the team in LaLiga Santander who perform the most maximum-intensity actions; i.e., moves where they run at least 10 metres at over 28 km/h. They are also among the top three teams in the division who perform the most very high-intensity actions; i.e., who perform the most actions at over 24 km/h (covering at least 15 metres).
The French striker goes into the match against FC Barcelona as LaLiga Santander's standout player so far. Benzema is the top goalscorer and the top assist-provider in the championship, with nine goals and seven assists in just eight games, and he plays a direct role in almost 70% of his team's goals. He is also the player who fires off the most shots in the competition. As for his influence on the build-up, it is worth stressing that he makes the most passes in the attacking zone in the entire division. In this regard, he has an average of 2.3 teammates ahead of him at the moment when he releases his passes, showing that, in addition to his goalscoring, he is hugely important in the final stretch of his team’s build-up play. He also averages 2.3 opponents ahead of him at the moment of regaining possession, playing a decisive role in Real Madrid’s moves after winning the ball back. Karim Benzema is the driving force of Los Blancos' attack. He is a true leader and will try to guide his teammates to victory at the Camp Nou on Sunday.