Based on the statistical data from ONCE football, we prepared a brief analysis of the Slovenian national team player and Fieldoo user Jasmin Kurtic.
We took a closer look at a match between Milan and Palermo, which was played on 17th March 2013 in Milano. This game was analyzed in order to show the correlation and similar patterns between the teams’ performance and performance of a selected player. The result was 2:0 for Milan, who had a slight lead in the game throughout the match. Possession was on the side of Milan by 59% to 41%. Other indicators were nevertheless quite similar. Corners were 6:5 in favor of Milan, shoots on frame 5:3, shots off the frame 7:6, committed fouls 16:14 and offside positions 1:2.
So for these indicators, there have been little peculiarities and differences. There is so much more interesting information about the Palermo’s’ team reaction after losing the ball. Some of the world’s best teams (e.g. Barcelona) try to stick to the rule of the “5 seconds“. After every lost ball the team tries to gain the possession back as soon as possible. This is done with a maximum pressing of the closest players to the player with the ball anywhere on the pitch, especially deep in the opponent’s half. Looking at Palermo for example, we see that in the first five seconds of the lost ball situations they only regained 8 balls and mainly in their own half. The conclusion is that they were not as aggressive as a team and / or left too much space between the lines. That means, that in that way, they were not able to conduct proper pressure.
The statistics show that Kurtic regained possession of the ball mainly after 20 seconds on average after Palermo lost the ball. So they decided to actively pressure the ball only after they condensed all their three lines first. Only then Palermo managed to reduce the space in the direction of the ball properly. In the first five seconds Jasmin didn’t manage to regain even one ball, which is a clear indicator of the lack of support from his teammates in that stage of play.
The length of completed passes can indirectly show the style of play of a team. Of course there would have to be a larger sample of matches taken under consideration. Milan was very aggressive in defense, so Palermo couldn’t develop their game. But nevertheless, in this match Palermo completed most of the passes in length from 10-20 meters. For example, Barcelona completes the majority of their passes in the range up to 10 meters.
In this segment of play Kurtic has a similar pattern as the entire team of Palermo, which is understandable. Players are strictly following team tactics demands, especially players from Italian clubs. For a midfielder, Kurtic has had relatively little time on the ball, but it is also true that he only played until the 72nd minute. If he had played the whole match, it would have also been reflected in his statistics. In the last 20 minutes Palermo didn’t have anything left to lose, so they went in to play more aggressively. Consequently all Palermo players got some more time on the ball on average.
This is an example of a brief analysis and correlations between a performance of a team and an individual player. The more relevant conclusions could be done on a larger sample of matches. But still – even with an in-depth analysis of a single game, one can gain important information about a team or an individual.