Neither Barça nor Real Madrid: Who are the possession kings in Europe?

first_img A study by the CIES Football Observatory has credited Ernesto Valverde’s side with 64.1 percent possession this season, an average completion of 612 passes per game, which places them seventh, level with Steaua Bucharest. Other Spanish sides are Real Madrid (61.1) and Celta Vigo (59.4), while Rayo Vallecano lead the way in Spain’s second tier (57.5) Valverde wants even more signings before the end of August Upd. at 21:24 First place belongs to Celtic. The Scottish side are averaging 70.8 percent possession in each of their league games and are making 659 passes per match.  @sport_jcoves IN SPORT.ES Ni del Barça ni del Madrid, ¿de quién es la posesión en Europa? 26/09/2017center_img Josep Coves FC Barcelona are no longer the possession kings of European football. One of the team’s strongest signs of identity since the Pep Guardiola years has been their domination of the ball, led by Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and, previously, Xavi Hernandez, on the pitch.  If Celtic at the top surprises, it may also surpsise that Borussia Dortmund are second (70.2 percent). Paris Saint-Germain (67.7), Shakhtar (67.6), el Manchester City (67.1), Hapoel Beer Sheva (66.3)are all ahead of Barça, too.  CEST The CIES analysed the possession in 35 European leagues from the beginning of the season and reached some surprising conclusions.  RELATED STORIES EUROPEAN POSSESSION Team Percent 1. Celtic 70,8 2. Borussia Dortmund 70,2 3. PSG 67,7 4. Shakhtar 67,6 5. Manchester City 67,1 6. Hapoel Beer Sheva 65,3 7. FC Barcelona 64,1     Steaua 64,1 9. Salzburg 64     PAOK 64     Bayern Múnich 64 12. Olympiacos 63,8 13. Panathinaikos 63,3 … 23. Real Madrid 61,1 29. Milan 60,4 33. Juventus 59,8 38. Celta 59,4 54. Rayo Vallecano 57,5 60. Sevilla 57 last_img

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