Thursday, March 22, 2018, 17h06

Pizzi is the Lord of the Passes in the Liga NOS

Football

Benfica's number 21 leads three rankings especially relevant for the creative players: total passes, accurate passes and accurate passes in the opposition half.

One of the accelerators and driving forces of the football that Benfica displays in the Liga NOS, Pizzi excels in the passing chapter, dominating and leading three important statistic rankings due to the quantity and quality of his passes.

With relevant actions in the team's attacking plays in the recent victory over Feirense (0-2) , Benfica's number 21 was the player who made more passes in that match (60), finishing the game with an accuracy of 88 percent in this item, according to the statistics data revealed by the site sofascore.com.

In terms of long balls, Pizzi delivered several defense-splitting passes in the encounter held in Santa Maria da Feira, as one case sees in the video SL Benfica which compiles a short sample of the Portuguese performance in Gameweek 27 of the Liga NOS. In 19 long passes attempted, Pizzi completed 16, according to sofascore.com.

According to the site sofascore.com, Pizzi delivered 1675 passes in the current edition of the Liga NOS, far ahead of the second place in this column, the sportinguista William Carvalho (1429), having completed 1406 of the passes executed (against 1261 of the lions' midfielder). The passing accuracy of the Benfica's number 21 is 84 percent.

Regarding accurate passes in the opposition half passes, Pizzi is the leader with 894 accurate passes, once again ahead of William Carvalho (728).

Analyzing the long balls, one can see that the benfiquista is the midfielder with higher accuracy in this ranking, having completed 148 of the passes exploring the offensive depth.

Pizzi is the third most used player by Rui Vitória in current Liga NOS – with 2091 minutes, behind Jonas (2294’) and André Almeida (2312’). He has scored five goals and made six assists, aspect in which he is only topped by Cervi (9) and André Almeida (7).

Text: João Sanches

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