Last weekend saw the matches of round #3 of the Bundesliga and Serie A, round #4 of the Premier League, round #5 of La Liga and round 6 of Ligue 1. This means that another Big Five Team of the Week could not stay out. This week ORTEC Sports looks at the strongest defensive assets. The players who see the opponent coming with the ball and think: “That’s mine”. From our turn-over statistics we selected the players who regained possession of the ball most often during play in the last round.
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– The squad that brought most players to the Team of the Week this week is AC Milan. They give us two strong defenders through Matteo Gabbia and Davide Calabria.
– The best scoring player this week is Nico Schlotterbeck of Union Berlin, who regained possession 17 times in his last match. In contrast, he lost possession only 5 times during the match.
– This week the Premier League is not represented in the TotW. Their player who regained possession the most this week was Jan Bednarek of Southampton with 14 regains. This was however not enough to land him a central defender position against Gabbia and Bade.
– If we look at who lost possession the least the list would be too long, as there are plenty of players who have not lost possession of the ball even once over all big five matches. However, what stands out when looking at lost possession, is that in La Liga there are only two players who haven’t lost possession: Goalkeeper Jan Oblak and midfielder Mickael Malsa. If we compare this to the other leagues only the Premier League comes close with 5 players who haven’t lost the ball even once. This either means the Spanish teams are great at taking possession, or bad at keeping it.
– We can also look at possession regain in play by duel. In that case Marten de Roon of Atalanta stands out, with 8 regains through a duel. Another player on the TotW, Loic Bade, comes in second with 7 regains through duels.
Due to the low number of rounds played we still can not do a fair comparison of the total possession regains in play over the whole season between the different leagues, as currently the Ligue 1 has played double the rounds over the Bundesliga and Serie A when comparing totals, and the Premier Ligue and Serie A only played 3 rounds which skews averages.
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.