Olimpija may have a bad defence, but they are even 15th in possession. the best in the world! Ljubljanaers caught between Bayern and Rangers
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On Thursday, Zoran Zeljković officially presented himself as the new coach of the reigning Slovenian champions. Olimpija held a press conference, Zoran Zeljković pointed out. ”We need to improve our defence!” And Zoran Zeljković is right. In Telemach First League they already scored 19 goals; only the nets of Mura, Alumini and Rogaška have been hit more than once.
But at the same time, Olimpija can boast that it is even 15th best in one statistical element. In the world! The Swiss football observatory CIES has been using Wyscout data to, among other things, mess around with ball possession. The CIES has “combed” many leagues around the globe and it’s probably not hard to guess the club that can boast the biggest estate this season. Barcelona may no longer have Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, but the principles of the game remain. The Catalans are the best in this respect, with the ball in their possession an average of 69% of the time per game.
Paris Saint-Germain is very, very close with 68.9%, and in third place – interestingly – is FC Andorra, Gerard Pique’s club, which plays in the second Spanish league. Two clubs from the former Yugoslavia are in the Top 10: Crvena zvezda from Belgrade is fourth (66.5) and Dinamo from Zagreb is sixth (65.2). Maccabi Tel Aviv (65.8), Ecuador’s Independiente (65.1), European champion Manchester City (64.6), Scottish giants Celtic (64.6) and Moroccan club Wydad Athletic (64.6) are also in the top 10.
The highest Slovenian club is – as mentioned – Olimpija, which occupies 15. caught between Bayern (14th) and Scottish Rangers (16th). Olimpija’s average is 63.2.
In Slovenia, the Dragons are followed in terms of possession by Celje ( 59), Koper ( 55), Maribor (53.1), Domžale ( 49.1), Radomlje ( 47), Bravo (43.7), Mura (43.5), Rogaška ( 43.2) and Aluminij (42.8). Despite having the most possessions, Olimpija is not first in average points per game (1.8), ahead of Celje (2.4) and Koper (2.1).
This text was automatically translated using AI.