May 10 – Winning matches means scoring more goals than the opposition. That means creating more goal chances – the chances and the clearer cut those chances then the greater the possibility of winning.
But research by the CIES Football Observatory finds that in four of the five European major leagues, the teams “heading the table distinguished themselves from runner-up clubs above all for their ability to score with no clear-cut opportunity available.”
The CIES research looked at the percentage and number of goals scored from clear-cut chances, and the number of goals scored from situations when the goal chance looked minimal.
Roma (26), Paris St-Germain (25), Tottenham (34) and RB Leipzig (25) scored significantly fewer goals from situations where there was no ‘big chance’ available than Juventus (37), Monaco (36), Chelsea (41) and Bayern Munich (40).
PSG, Barcelona, Rome, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City topped their leagues in terms of clubs creating the most clear-cut chances in the big-5 European leagues, but none of them top the rankings.
See the full report at http://www.football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/b5wp/2016/187/en/
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