Team of the Week – Europe #21

Team of the Week – Europe #21

Feb 15, 2021 | News, Team of the Week

Excitement is high at ORTEC Sports with the Champions and Europa League resuming their matches this week! However for this Monday’s Team of the Week we are stuck with the Big 5 matches of last weekend for now.

This week ORTEC Sports looked at which players of the Big 5 received the most first passes in possession based on our Build-up statistics. These players know where to be to be free to receive the ball from their teammates and start their attack.

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– This week’s Team consists of 11 players of different squads! This is the first time in 3 months this has happened. The team is very balanced over the different Leagues from the Big 5 as well, with the defense consisting of players from the Bundesliga and Premier League, while the midfield and the attack is Ligue 1, Serie A and La Liga.

– The best scoring player this week is Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold with 23 First passes received.

– The goalkeeper position is taken by Emiliano Martinez. Martinez saved 9 goal attempts by the opponent, letting not a single ball through, and making him this week’s top Goalie.

– Last time we looked at first passes in possession received, Trent Alexander-Arnold was also part of the Team of the Week as top scorer and is the only recurring player from that time.

– We can also look at who made the most first passes in possession. In this case there is a draw between two Bundesliga players: Martin Hinteregger and Maxence Lacroix both made 26 first passes in possession.


When we look at the whole season, the following players lead the way in the Spanish, German, Italian, french and English leagues for first passes in possession received:





First passes in possession received

Luke David Ayling




Steven N’Zonzi

Stade Rennais FC



Rodrigo de Paul

Udinese Calcio



Youri Tielemans

Leicester City



Andrew Robertson




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.