BetisTOOn Sunday I broke a record of more than seven years old
ANDBetis established last Sunday in his match against Legans, in the Benito Villamarn stadium, a historic record in LaLiga.Never before since this type of data has been taken (2008-09 season onwards) has a team reached such a high percentage of ball possession.like the one that the footballers of Quique Setin achieved in their agonic 1-0 victory against Madrid.
82.51% of the time of the game the ball was in the hands of the Verdiblancos, who were not only those who dominated their match in the seventh day of the championship, but alsothey managed to beat the record held by Barcelona's Pep Guardiola since the 2010-11 season, when he reached 82.22% of possession in the game of the 17 day League against Levante (2-1), in the Camp Nou.
The monopoly of the control of the spherical one exerted by the Betis was not a casual situation, butpart of a plan he has been executing and perfecting since landing on his Quique Setin bench last season. So much so that their meetings of a time to this part have become true monologues only comparable to what some of the great European clubs live.
So far this season,Only Manchester City (67.3%) and Barcelona (66.2%) accumulate an average percentage of ball possession higher than Betis (64.9%)between the teams of the five major continental leagues. A prominence of the heliopolitans that surpasses the one of historical ones like Bayern of Munich (64.5%), Real Madrid (63.8%), Chelsea (63.1%), PSG (60.2%) or Juventus (59, 3%).
This overwhelming mastery of their encounters also allows him to reduce to the maximum the time that his rivals can damage him. To the point that those of Setin are not only among the less-beaten teams of LaLiga (five goals), only behind Attico de Madrid and Villarreal (four goals each), but thatthey are the team from Europe that has left its goalkeeper at zero more times so far this year(six of the eight official matches played).
Far from what could be interpreted as having only achieved five goals in this start of the campaign, the style of play proposed by Setin to his players is far from becoming an unsuccessful possession of a ball. Their chances to score are numerous in every game andthe search for weaknesses in the opposing defenses by moving the ball from one side to the other is permanent.
A fact that confirms, for example, the number of passes made by Betis on Sunday,816 with more than 90% success, the highest for the club since they took this data a decade ago, and which resulted in 999 touches of the ball of their players. A philosophy that has turned the Verdiblancos into a recognizable and respected team, ready to fight for ambitious goals this season.