Excellent stat from Barcelona’s win over Arsenal

We didn’t even have to pay for it…


Pretty impressive, no? Thanks to Oliver Kay from The Times for this brilliant stat that shows Barca’s absolute dominance over the Gunners last night.

You can follow him on Twitter here if you’re that way inclined…

10 responses so far
  • mishmash // March 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Here’s another:

    I had more sex last night than Oliver Kay and all other stat obsessed pundits (Combined)

  • internet pundit // March 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    once with your left hand, and once with your right?

  • mishmash // March 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    You can do it with your hand too? A new world of opportunity awaits…

  • Ryannnn // March 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Pointless stat. Arsenal sat back and let barca pass it around in front of them for first 60 min’s (other than a 5 min spell when they needed a goal and got one). so of course they we’re going to have so many passes, only time arsenal attempted to close down was when they got close to area, add that to fact it was easy for barca to pass around 10 men for fianl 30 min’s. no real suprise and should have expected lots of passes.

  • burgerhead // March 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Agreed. This stat was likely similar in the second legs against Inter Milan last year and Chelsea the year before. Everyone knows that two banks of 5, 5-4-1 or 6-3-1 can be used by quality teams to shut down Barcelona. In all three cases Barcelona required the aid of the referee to advance, with aid being effective twice.

    On a different, though related, note, I’m sick of people singing praises for the way Barcelona play. They do make for some amazing highlights, as was the case with Xavi’s goal last night, but 98% of their passes are lateral or backward to maintain possession. This “defense by possession” will cost them against better opposition, a reality they do not have to face with their domestic competition.

    Barcelona will not win the champions league this year!

  • Kiffo // March 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

    awwww the poor arsenal fans are butt hurt that barca triumphed once again. the better team won, get over it.

  • Prof. Gabito // March 11, 2011 at 9:00 am

    The supreme football team won the game. Arsenal fans get over it now or never.

  • socrates nicolaidis // March 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    interesting statistics

  • KD // March 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    @BurgerHead, sure they make lots of lateral and backward passes. They are clearly making smart decisions about where the ball should go. And it shouldn’t always go forward, as is the case with most English teams just pounding the ball down the pitch hoping to God that someone flicks it with their head into the net.

    The philosophy is that the other team will have trouble scoring if they don’t have the ball. Have you ever tried to score without the ball? It’s pretty tough. But something harder than that is trying to win a game with ZERO shots on goal. Barca’s philosophy worked to perfection, and it did so against one of the best teams in England.

  • aah // March 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Oliver Kay, the word is EACH.

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