Date: 5th October 2018 at 11:05am
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Davinson Sanchez

Due to some self inflicted technical issues this is a day late, but still worth consideration, nevertheless. 

One could not help but notice more than a little vitriol aimed at our noble Colombian online, which I found curious, especially as I watched the game sober!

So I did some digging.

We’ve seen the influence graphic, and Sanchez is arguably the most prominent of our players.

In fact, he and Trippier were our only two that were close to being as influential as most of Barcelona were.

Then we look at accuracy of passing.

Sanchez hit 87.9%, only Harry Winks passed with greater accuracy.

But did our #6 lose the ball, much?

Nope, the villains of that particular piece were a lot easier to spot.

Davies was poor and Moura was again, busy but unproductive.

Another pet stat area for me, right up there with passing accuracy is ball recovery.

This is a discipline that showcases the players you can rely upon. The soldiers.

Top of the tree we see our three most influential players. Davinson, Toby and the boy Tripps.

Also to Sanchez’ credit, he wasn’t dispossessed once.

More please!

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Urbane Sturgeon October 6, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Our three most influential players were defenders.

    Need anything more be said?

  • BobbytheBrain October 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Just shows that you can prove anything with statistics. Sanchez could easily have gifted Barca three goals – from what I remember he was guilty of under-hitting at least two back passes. Hugo rescued one – I can’t remember what happened to the other. I guess that these still go down as a completed passes though? The boy has potential but is a long way from being a stand out performer at that level imo.

    • Harry Hotspur October 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm


      Completed passes have to actually been completed.
      These incidents – if true – would be part of why his passing accuracy was less than 100%.

      Do you see what you did?
      You attempted to debase a thick file of evidence based stats – over one/maybe two single incidents.

      Why did you opt to use the phrase ‘Just shows that you can prove anything with statistics’?

      Did you hear it before somewhere and think it would add credence to your comment?

      • BobbytheBrain October 8, 2018 at 10:19 pm

        Did you actually watch the game? Are you aware of Opta’s definition of a completed pass? A pass which goes to a teammate without a touch from an opposition player. Two woefully underhit backpasses both of which were rescued by Lloris so go down as completed passes. What’s more the 2nd time Messi hit the post possession was conceded by Wanyama but only because he received a terrible overhit and wide pass from Sanchez but a completed one nonetheless. Add in that the second goal stemmed from Sanchez conceding possession under no pressure what so ever and it takes me back to my original comment – you can prove anything with statistics.

        • Harry Hotspur October 9, 2018 at 4:41 am

          Booby the small brain.

  • MrChickenHead October 5, 2018 at 11:44 am

    All good reading, hopefully not by LBM(Little Bald Man) or Toby’s a goner.