Friday, March 22, 2019, 12h44

Set piece masters


From the 41 goals scored by Benfica in the Liga NOS in the last two and a half months, 31,7% resulted from set pieces.

Analyzing the leaders of the Top seven leagues of the Old Continent (“Big Five", Russia and Portugal) we see that Benfica is the team that, in the last two and a half months, scored more goals through dead ball situations. From the 41 strikes registered by the eagles in this period in the Liga NOS, 31,7% resulted from set pieces.

"In our way of working, as you could already see, Nelson Veríssimo is the one who coordinates the set pieces, together with Alexandre Silva and with gaffer Pietra. It is teamwork and that is the success. I also mention Marco Pedroso and Jhony Conceição, who are the analysts, Fernando Ferreira, who is the goalkeeping coach. We have a set of tasks and the work is carried out", explained the coach Bruno Lage in the press conference after the recent win in Moreira de Cónegos by 0-4.

From the 41 goals scored by the eagles in this period, 13 were achieved through this method that results from "the teamwork", according to the Reds head coach. From the 13 goalsfive came from corner kicks, six from free kicks and two originated from penalty kicks.


Figures in Europe's Top 7 leagues in the last two and a half months

Benfica 13
Juventus 7
Barcelona 6
Bayern Munich 5
Liverpool 3
Zenit* 0

* Due to the Winter break, the Russian league was only resumed at the beginning of March.

Text: Diogo Nascimento

Pics: SL Benfica

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