La Liga is offside

Category: Team Analysis

We uncover the teams that are most often offside, a fact that can complement other offensive performance metrics.


A few weeks ago, we thought it would be interesting to talk about those teams that shut out their opponents the most. We believe that many volume statistics can be useful as a complement to the performance metrics that provide us with an in-depth analysis of performance and style of play. Well linked, they will provide the right value in the right context. On that occasion, the team that caused the most offside could be considered a surprise, being ‘Rubi’s’ Almeria.

Looking at the other side of the coin of this game situation, we find an even bigger surprise: seven of the eight teams that are most offside in the five big leagues belong to the Spanish league, a statistic that is surely telling us something more about the Spanish championship, which has also been setting itself apart from the others in other matters both in football and in the application of the rules.

Beyond that, Athletic Club de Bilbao stand out in first place, the team that has been caught offside the most times, with 78 so far. Ernesto Valverde’s more attacking approach has resulted in more touches in the box and more presence in the final third of the pitch, but it also speaks to the difficulties of his striker to be more precise in both movement and finishing.

In terms of league rankings, in addition to Athletic, Chelsea in the Premier League, Torino in Serie A, Paris-Saint Germain in Ligue 1 and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga are the teams that most often concede offside. It is particularly significant that Chelsea’s goal problems are accompanied by so many offsides, in the absence of a real specialist or precise attacking timing.

We are Driblab, a consultancy specialized in the statistical analysis of players and teams; our work is focused on advising and minimizing risk in professional football decision-making in areas related to talent detection and footballer evaluations. Our database has more than 200,000 players from more than 180 competitions, covering information from all over the world. Here you can learn more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Alejandro Arroyo
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