Team of the Week- Europe #14

Team of the Week- Europe #14

Jan 4, 2021 | News, Team of the Week

Happy New Year! For the first Team of the Week of 2021 ORTEC Sports looked at the players who are looking forward the most in 2021. The players were selected from the Bundesliga #14, Serie A #15 and Premier League and La Liga #17 as Ligue 1 did not play last weekend.

These are the players who completed the most forward passes based on our Build-up Statistics:

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– Five players hail from FC Barcelona, making them the squad delivering the most players to the Team by far.

– The best scoring player this week is Clement Lenglet of FC Barcelona, with 73 forward passes completed. This is made more impressive by the fact that 99% of his passes forward reached its target. Closely following Lenglet is Lewis Dunk of Brighton hove and Albion. Dunk completed 66 forward passes last weekend, which was 89% of his forward passing attempts

– Only one spot in the team is occupied by a Bundesliga player: the right back Reece Oxford. Although Oxford normally plays as a midfielder, last weekend he functioned as right back which landed him a spot on the Team.

Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona has recently been on the Team of the Leagues, where he was the left back with the highest goal involvement over the recent Big 5 leagues so far.

– As goalkeepers always pass forward, the goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was chosen based on his saves. Donnarumma did not make the most saves last weekend, however he made the most saves without letting any ball though. This makes him the best man to defend the goal.

– We can also look at Forward passes in general. In that case the two central defenders of the Team of the Week tie at 74 forward passes in total, explaining their forward pass completion percentages.

– Another statistic we can focus on is completed passes opponents half. In that case the highest scorer is the Team’s left back, Jordi Alba with 74 passes on the opponents half completed.

 

When we look at the whole season, the following players lead the way in the Spanish, German, Italian and English leagues for forward passes completed:

 

Player

Team

Matches

Forward passes completed

Mats Hummels

Borussia Dortmund

14

629

Manual Akanji

Borussia Dortmund

12

589

Pau Torres

Villareal CF

17

572

Thiago Silva

Chelsea

12

571

Dayotchanculle Upamecano

RB Leipzig

13

567

ORTEC Sports Tactic Tree

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.