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7 facts about last season that really surprise you

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 05:45:49

In Serie A, the postponed match between Atalanta and Fiorentina has not yet been played, but in general the European championships are over. It is interesting that in the championships of England, Spain and Germany the title was not won by those teams that were the best in xGD (the difference in chances created and allowed, based on shots on goal). If you look at xGD in these leagues, Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern are the first. Here are seven more interesting facts based on this season’s statistics.

1. The Bochum player is the best footballer in key passes in the top 5 leagues. We are talking about midfielder Kevin Stöger. He made 127 passes, this is the best indicator, and remained the 16th player in Germany’s team. In second place is Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes (114 key passes), and in third place is Brighton midfielder Pascal Gros (103 key passes). If Stöger were under 30, after a season like this there would already be a queue of clubs lining up for him.

Kevin Stöger

Photo: León Kuegeler/Getty Images

2. Thibaut Courtois is among the top 10 goalkeepers in La Liga in terms of goals prevented. He played only four games. It is difficult to imagine that two such facts could exist in relation to a goalkeeper, but it is true. The Belgian missed almost the entire Spanish Championship due to injury and only played 333 minutes in the end. Furthermore, on the last day, Courtois was also substituted in the 63rd minute. During the scheduled time, the goalkeeper did not concede a single goal, saving 3.1 goals. The metric used here is PSxG+/-, which only takes into account shots on goal. According to this indicator, Courtois is eighth in the League. Superior to Kepa Arrizabalaga, who saved the team from two goals in 14 games. It is true that the best of the team continued to be Andrei Lunin, who with his saves saved the team from 4.2 goals in 21 games.

3. Chelsea striker Nicholas Jackson received 10 yellow cards, nine of which were for unsportsmanlike conduct. The young Senegalese is in his first season in the Premier League and has needed time to adapt. In the first six rounds, the striker received five yellow cards for unsportsmanlike conduct and earned disqualification for the seventh round. The attacker was punished several times, among other things, for demanding a card from a rival. Back in September, Chelsea manager Pochettino said that he had spoken to Jackson about the Yellows and that the pace of his recruitment had really slowed down. True, in the 24th match the striker received a completely stupid yellow card in the match against Palace, celebrating the goal on the bench. This warning was the ninth, and before matchday 33 the next one would have meant a two-match ban. Jackson passed this test and received his tenth yellow card just in the 37th round, jumping into the crowd while he celebrated his goal.

nicolas jackson

Photo: Screenshot of the broadcast.

4. Real Madrid midfielder Arda Güller shot six times and scored six goals. In his debut season, the Turkish footballer rarely appeared on the field: he participated in only 10 matches of the championship (he played 373 minutes), which is why he scored so few shots. During this time, the 19-year-old midfielder did not miss a single shot. It is true that each of these shots was from the area, but the boy was distinguished by his right foot, being left-footed.

5. Granada midfielder Gerard Gumbau took 45 shots on goal but did not score a single goal. This is the worst implementation in the top leagues. He was successful nine times (20%), but the goalkeepers controlled his shots. It is also worth highlighting the Empoli striker Nicolo Cambiaghi, who this season in Serie A shot 71 times, but scored only once, in the match against Torino in the 31st round. It is true that even there the goalkeeper almost stopped the shot: he reached the ball, which, however, went into the goal. Cambiaghi was happy as if he had won the Champions League and the entire bench ran to congratulate the striker.

Nicolo Cambiaghi

Photo: Screenshot of the broadcast.

6. Miranchuk is the best player in Serie A in shots on goal every 90 minutes. Alexey played 1,142 minutes for Atalanta this Serie A season and had shots on goal 21 times (35 in total). This is an average of one shot on goal every 54 minutes or 1.65 shots every 90 minutes. In this indicator, the Russian slightly surpassed the Naples forward Osimhen, who averaged 1.63 shots on goal per 90 minutes. In third place is Miranchuk’s teammate, striker Scamacca (1.59 shots on goal). But here the statistics can still change after the match against Fiorentina.

7. As of March 8, Greece’s chances of finishing in the top 15 on the UEFA odds table were estimated at 0.1% (according to Opta). At that time, Israel and Denmark were clearly fighting for this position, and all clubs from Greece were eliminated except Olympiacos and PAOK, who lost the first matches of the round of 16 of the conference league with 1:4 and 0: 2. However, it turned out that both clubs somehow miraculously advanced. After the Athens Club won the tournament, Greece rose to 15th place, 0.075 points ahead of Denmark. This will allow the Greeks to enter not one, but two teams in the Champions League qualification in one season.

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