Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

The key is to control the game. If we have the ball, he'll participate less and cause us fewer problems.
The above quote by Gerard Piqué about Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the semi-final with Portugal summed up Spain's approach during Euro 2012. In a typically excellent piece by Sid Lowe for the Guardian (from which the above quote is taken), Spain's approach is described as being anaesthetic rather than aesthetic. The crux is that by controlling the ball, Spain are able to …
England Player Stats for Euro 2012 | Passing, Creativity & Shooting...

England Player Stats for Euro 2012 | Passing, Creativity & Shooting...

England had to come from behind in their second group game against Sweden after initially taking the lead. They led through Andy Carroll's powerful header, expertly supplied by, club and now also country captain, Steven Gerrard. This was Gerrard's second assist (fourth chance created overall) of the tournament after supplying the cross for Lescott's goal against France. Creativity stats can be seen on the left with only Gerrard and Walcott managing assists. England's overall total of chances created is not …
Spain 1 - 1 Italy | Statistical look at Spain's passing game.

Spain 1 - 1 Italy | Statistical look at Spain's passing game.

If you haven't read the review of Italy's game, you should do it here.  «The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain.» According to Opta, this was the first time Spain started without a typical striker. They actually came out in a 4-6-0, with Fabregas as their front man, but he was not a striker. How I saw their line-up: As you can see from the picture above; it …