10 stats for the start of the season
ISF’s La Liga statistics analyst, Javier Hernandez is back to give us the breakdown of Week One’s best matchups.
La Liga 2013-14 is already underway and the first week of the season brought some interesting stats and headlines from the walkthrough of Barcelona over Levante to the struggles of Real Madrid, this was an interesting week in Spanish football.
Sociedad 2-0 Getafe
Vela’s goal and assist
Real Sociedad started the season they way the finish last one, playing one of the best football seen in Spain in the last decade. One big reason for that, the Mexican Carlos Vela. The former Arsenal scored the first goal of the 2013/14 La Liga season and delivered the 2nd assist completing a great football performance. Perhaps the best player in Spain outside the big two, last year Vela was one assist away to deliver and score 10 or more goals, it seems that he doesn’t want to felt short this time.
Valladolid 1-2 Athletic
Both Basque sides started with the right foot. Athletic won on the road against Valladolid with a bit of luck and the quality of their big summer signing Beñat. The former Betis delivered a brilliant assist for the first goal and also delivered four passes that lead to a shot, third best mark in this first week.
Valencia 1-0 Málaga
One shot is enough
Well, we should actually say one mistake is enough. Willy Caballero’s terrible mistake allowing Valencia to win their game despite taking only one shot on target. Last year teams that took fewer shots on target than their rivals only won 14% of their games.
Barcelona 7-0 Levante
Navarro’s lack of fouls
In a seven nil game there is plenty to talk about. Fabregas certainly caught everybody’s eye, Messi and Pedro scored two. But what really caught my attention was the fact that despite Levante committed 16 fouls their captain and center back David Navarro didn’t commit any. Perhaps a more aggressive approach from him, could have translated to fewer goals but is hard to tell.
Real Madrid 2-1 Betis
Ronaldo’s effort matches Betis
Madrid’s game deserves a bigger analysis, from the fact that Diego López starts in goal to the poor game showed by the whites in the first half. But one particular stat that stand out was the fact that Ronaldo took the same amount of shots than Betis (11) and the same amount of shots on target (4). The only difference is that Betis scored once while the Portuguese had to settle with hitting the woodwork twice but no goals.
Osasuna 1-2 Granada
Granada played a rather good game on the road against Osasuna and managed to scored two assisted goals; granted that one was on a set piece but still quite a nice effort for a team that only scored 19 assisted goals last season, worst in La Liga.
Sevilla 1-3 Atlético
The best things in life are worth waiting for
Just like Perotti’s amazing goal that evened the score for Sevilla. It took Perotti 2 years, four months and 16 days to score another goal in La Liga since he scored against Zaragoza back in the 3rd April 2011. Sadly for Sevilla, Atlético’s comeback to take a 1-3 victory in the Sánchez Pizjuán.
Rayo 3-0 Elche
A perfect Bueno
Rayo’s new signing Alberto Bueno started the season in a perfect way scoring two goals and assisting one. The best part of Bueno’s performance was the fact that only took him two shots to score the same amount of goals.
Celta 2-2 Espanyol
Luis Enrique´s side can’t hold a lead
Former Barcelona B coach started the season with his team playing a rather good 50 minutes until they blew a 2-0 lead. Last year, Celta only suffered this once in the season in week 11 against Rayo Vallecano when they started winning 0-2 to end up losing 3-2.
Almería 2-3 Villareal
Villareal wins with a Mexican touch
Gio Dos Santos and youngster Javier Aquino led Villarreal’s victory over Almería. The former Tottenham player scored and assisted the last goal of the game while early on Aquino assisted his countryman to tie the score at two.
The Mexicans had a great first week adding Carlos Vela performance to the Villareal duo, the North Americans scored and assist a total of five goals. Without counting Spaniards, they were only beaten by Brazilians with seven.