“I must come to India because I have never been there,” mentioned Arsene Wenger.
The query from HT was once after a consultation of the FIFA Technical Study workforce (TSG) the place Wenger and Juergen Klinsmann spoke of the developments within the first spherical after finding out round 20,000 information issues consistent with fit. “Your president met me recently and I have said I would love to help India develop football,” mentioned Wenger, FIFA’s leader of Global Football Development right here on Sunday.
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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has mentioned that Wenger may seek advice from India to advise on formative years building tasks. “It will not happen this year because we finish here on December 18 but maybe in the first six months of the next year,” he mentioned.
“You guys play too much of cricket,” he mentioned with a grin earlier than being escorted out of the auditorium.
From the crowd degree video games, the TSG has discovered that groups used the wings extra and Wenger mentioned that the crew with the most productive extensive avid gamers has a better probability to win the World Cup. “That includes full backs. The center has been better protected than in Russia and that has forced players to go wide. It is also why there have been less balls played behind the defence,” he said.
The number of goals from crosses has gone up by 83% from 2018, according to data collated by TSG. Thirty percent of the moves have been from the left flank and 28% from the right. Crowding the center also explained why attempts on goal have come down, from 12.0 in Russia to 10.9 here, said Wenger.
“Teams have got two lines (defense and midfield) to play close to each other and that has reduced space for players to pull the trigger,” said Klismann. The exception? “Lionel Messi’s goal against Mexico where he found space from outside the box,” said Klinsmann.
“As a striker, I would prefer crosses from the end line as it makes it easier to lose your marker. Players here haven’t been shy of crossing the ball early so it helps if a forward can read the situation and make the run,” he said.
The goals per game metric is at 2.5, similar to what it was in Russia where after the group stages it was 2.54, according to data shared by TSG. The goals in 90+ minutes too have come down from 21 in 2018 to 12 here. “Using five substitutes to protect defenses better can be a reason,” said Wenger.
And because the middle has been better protected there have been fewer goals from outside the box, said Wenger. That was the cue for Klinsmann to again speak of teams suffering because they lacked a No. 9. “Germany had 67 attempts on goal, the maximum, but have gone home because they could not finish the chances they created. We haven’t had a No. 9 since Miroslav Klose. The False Nine always has an excuse that they are not genuine scorers,” he said.
Poland and Australia qualified to the round of 16 with 20 attempts, the lowest, Argentina had 58 while France and Brazil had 52 each.
South American teams had the highest number of individual take-ons, 3.6, UEFA has 2.1. “In Europe, there is a trend to teach players to play one-two passes and that takes away the ability to successfully execute one-on-one tackles. In South America, given its tradition of street football, kids love taking on players,” mentioned Klinsmann.
Wenger mentioned “a photograph of the stat” that showed how many players teams have used “must be taken to turn their affect at the festival.” Brazil have used 25, Portugal and France 24 but Croatia, who play Japan on Monday, have used only 16.
And despite Croatia using the fewest number of players, they have run 116km per game; USA topped that data chart with 123km. The number for Argentina is 105km and that “as a result of they play a top line,” said Wenger. “Teams that experience extra of the ball, run much less.”
What has additionally modified is the function of goalkeepers. From 443 in Russia, the choice of instances a goalkeeper has presented to obtain the ball has long past as much as 726. The goalkeeper has been a key part in distribution, mentioned Wenger. “In our time, the No. 10 would be adored because he would create goal-scoring opportunities. Now, the goalkeeper plays with a defensive mid, who then plays to an attacking mid and then to a forward. So you can have three playmakers,” mentioned Klinsmann.