Ernesto Valverde in the bench of the Reale Sand


Change of style: The worst Barça in ball possession of the last decade

Published:15/12/2019 - 11:35h

Updated:15/12/2019 - 11:35h

FC Barcelona lost possession against Real Sociedad on Saturday and confirmed for the umpteenth time the team's style change with Valverde. This Barça has the worst ball possession in the last decade

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The FC Barcelona empató against the Real Sociedad this past Saturday, but lost in which it has been one of the signals of identity of the group barcelonista in the last decade, the possession of balloon. The culés could not surpass to the 'txuri-urdin' in the control of the ball and had 46,58% of possession. A data bajísimo taking into account that the Barça carries a lot of years dominating sobradamente in this appearance.

It is the ninth time since Ernesto Valverde seats in the Barcelona bench in which the team barcelonista falls in possession. The first occasion was in the Real Madrid-FC Barcelona of the Supercopa of Spain in the 2017, with 46.67%. The whites won by 2-0 in the Bernabéu to win the trophy with a 'Txingurri' that finish to arrive. This same campaign, The Palms also would remove him the ball to the culés (48,04% for the Barça) in a crash that finished winning the Barcelona 3-0.

To beginnings of 2018, the Celtic also would snatch him the possession to the blaugrana in a 1-1 of Glass of Rey (46,21%). The past year, until four teams would remove him the balloon to the Barça. First it was the Tottenham in a 1-1 of phase of groups of Champions League (48,81%), later the Betis in a 1-4 favourable to the ones of Valverde in League (44%), afterwards the Real Sociedad in a 2-1 for the culés in League (49,72%) and finally the Liverpool in the deceptive 3-0 of the gone of the semifinals of Champions League (47,5%).

This course, before losing it against the Real for the second time in months, the blaugrana lost it in the triumph in front of the Borussia Dortmund of does some weeks in League of Champions. The Germans, that did not have his night, stole him the ball to the Barcelona, that only had 46,11%. The pattern begins to repeat too followed and is something that would have to concern to the culés.

Luis Enrique or the Tata surpass to Valverde

Have less the balloon does not involve to play worse that the rival, but is an indicativo that the team barcelonista no longer the one of antaño. With Luis Enrique, for example, that was the one who began to play more to the counterattack, the Barça only lost the possession in six of the 181 parties that contested with the Asturian. They are upper data to which there is with the ex of the Athletic to the control. Also the Tata Martino and Tito Vilanova surpass to the 'Txingurri'. The Argentinian, for example, only lost the possession in a crash of the 59 that directed.

Leftover say that Pep Guardiola is the teacher of the ball in the last decade of the Barcelona. The so alone Catalan lost the balloon in a meeting of the 247 that directed in the team blaugrana. It was against the Getafe in 2010. Further of this, the culés dominated always through the possession. There are a lot of fans that miss this style of game that with Valverde loses in occasions. What is clear, data in hand, is that the technician extremeño does not give him so much importance to this like his ancestors

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