Barcelona v Arsenal: passing statistics

April 6, 2010

No surprises for guessing that Barcelona again saw more of the ball in the game at the Nou Camp – it’s doubtful any side will visit there this season and see more possession.

Indeed, the Barcelona victory in terms of ‘passes completed’ was less marked than in the first leg at the Emirates. Arsenal’s most successful passer in that game was Denilson, despite the fact he didn’t even play the entire game.

In this second leg, Bacary Sagna was near the top of the list – a result of Barcelona playing a lopsided shape with no ‘true’ left-winger, meaning Sagna was constantly the ‘free’ man. The right-sided centre-back, Thomas Vermaelen, is not far behind.

But again, the graph makes for amazing reading because of Xavi’s sheer dominance. To complete 41 more passes than any other player on the pitch is absolutely incredible.

Over the two legs he completed 65 more passes than any other player.

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