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It’s no secret that, in the modern game, the most successful football teams are often the best at dominating possession and scoring goals, efficiently turning control of play into an end product that gets positive results.
However, underpinning these two key aspects of play is quality passing, whether it’s that killer pass to a scorer in the final third or midfielders crafting openings, to defenders moving the ball around to evade rival pressing.
The hallmark of any side managed by Pep Guardiola is dominance of possession, based around precision of passing. These have undoubtedly been key ingredients to his success with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and, currently, Manchester City.
During the 2020-21 Premier League campaign, no team has excelled more than Manchester City at moving the ball around. No matter which metric you choose from any of the passing statistics, Pep’s team top the charts in all of them.
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Man City 3-0 Tottenham
âš½ï¸? 22': Rodri (1-0) pen.
âš½ï¸? 50': I. Gundogan (2-0)
âš½ï¸? 66': I. Gundogan (3-0)
ðŸ“Š xG: 2.41-0.44
ðŸŽ¯ Possession: 60-40
ðŸ¥… Shots: 15-7
ðŸ‘Ÿ Passes: 627-381#MCITOT #MCFC #THFC pic.twitter.com/Qjh2TU4uKp
Total pass completion is 87.9% with 14,388 from 16,368 from 23 games. This team has completed 92.4% of short and 92% of medium passes attempted, along with 73.6% of long passes.
In each of those metrics, City are at least two percentage points ahead of any other team in the Premier League; which is a big difference in terms of passing precision and accuracy.
We often associate the best quality and most creative passing with attacking players, although, with increasingly more teams seeking to retain possession, moving the ball around at the back, passing ability is now an important attribute for defenders.
Having already mentioned how Manchester City dominate every passing metric, it should be no surprise that they also boast the most accurate passer, who also happens to be a central defender. John Stones has completed 93% of passes attempted, in his 14 appearances this season.
Focusing on players with a similar number of appearances or more, next is 36-year-old centre-back Thiago Silva with 93.2% at Chelsea, followed by Rúben Dias at Manchester City who has also topped the 93% pass completion mark.
Turning attention towards the attacking third of the pitch, along with scoring 13 goals in 21 appearances, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has also provided 11 assists. He was the first Premier League player this season to hit double figures in both.
Using statistics like passing metrics can be a great way of identifying potential winners, when looking at which teams to back in Premier League games.
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