Numancia top possession stats chart after Week 12

Escassi had a pass completion rate of 96% in last Saturday’s Numancia-Tenerife clash

With twelve matches played in the #LaLiga123, C.D. Numancia are leaders in possession. López Garai’s side top the chart having enjoyed more than 55% of possession in the dozen games played so far.

It might be just a statistic, but it is significant in that it shows clearly how the Rojillos aim to dominate the ball and play in every game. Deportivo de La Coruña, with 54%, and Real Oviedo, with 53.99%, are close behind.

At the other extreme, Nástic de Tarragona are the team that have had the least possession in the division, with just 40%. Málaga, second in the table and possibly the top favourite to go up, owing to the budget available and the squad they have, are second to bottom in this ranking, with just 42.49%, which shows just how well they dominate the areas, despite not seeing too much of the ball.

These stats give rise to the eternal debate within football. Those who advocate having possession both to attack and defend, against those who argue that having more of the ball does not necessarily mean dominating the game. If you have it, but you do not play vertically, then it does not serve much purpose argue those who are against positional, possession football and who are in favour of rapid transitions.

Also in the statistical data published after Week 12 is the fact that the Numancia player Escassi is among the top three players with the best percentage of passes completed. It could be argued that he was the best of the week, since Alberto Martín, the Granada player who came top, actually came on from the substitutes’ bench, meaning he did not play the full 90 minutes. Escassi completed 50 out of 52 passes attempted, meaning a 96% success rate. This is an important figure for the Málaga-born player, who last week played in the centre of the defence in the clash with Tenerife.

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