Team of the Week – Europe #1
This weekend the Dutch Eredivisie, English Premier League and Spanish La Liga have started their new seasons, together with the French Ligue 1 resuming its new seasons’ matches. For that occasion ORTEC Sports took a look at the stats of the Eredivisie, Premier League and La Liga round #1 and the Ligue 1 round #3 to determine a new Team of the Week.
The first Team of the Week this season consists of the players who have received the most first passes when their team gained possession, based on our build-up statistics. These players excelled at finding open space their team could find them to pass to, and proved to be a great start for their teams build-up.
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– The team consists mostly of Premier League players and Eredivisie players this week, with 4 players hailing from each league.
– The team with most players on the team of the week is tied by FC Emmen and Leeds United AFC who both provide two players each.
– Only one spot in the team is occupied by a La Liga player: Dani Parejo received 15 first passes in possession.
– Youssouf Sabaly received the most first passes by far with 21 first passes receiven, standing 4 higher than the number two, Miquel Nelom
– We can also look at first pass in possession made. In that case the RKC Waalwijk Goalkeeper, Victor timmers, has scored the highest, with 24 first passes in possession made. Since this is a goalkeeper this might sound obvious, however the second place is shared by the Southampton right back, Jack Stephens, and the Olympique Lyionnais right back, Jason Denayer, with 23 first passes made.
– Another build-up statistic we can focus on is completed passes on opponent half. The best performer in this statistic is Dani Parejo with 47 completed passes. In total Parejo has completed 82% of his passes on the opponents half, proving that his place on the Team of the Week as center mid is not for show.
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.