Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 17h51

High rotation at the top of Europe

Football

Pizzi's numbers in 2018/19 are clear. The midfielder already had straight participation in 12 Benfica's goals.

Pizzi was never so influential in the reds' goals like he is in this current season. with a record of six successful shots and six assists, there is only one midfielder, in the top ten European Leagues, doing better than him.

In 14 matches played (four in the Champions League qualifiers, two in the Champions League, seven in Liga NOS and one in the League Cup), Pizzi collected six goals and six assists for his teammates. Overall, the Portuguese international already had a straight participation in 12 Benfica’s goals, the same is to say, 44,4%, in a total of 27 goals.

Benfica-V. Guimarães

6 goals by Pizzi

Competition Match Minute
Liga NOS Benfica-V. Guimarães 10'
Liga NOS Benfica-V. Guimarães 30'
Liga NOS Benfica-V. Guimarães 38'
Liga NOS Boavista-Benfica 62'
Champions League (qualifier) Benfica-PAOK 45'+1'
Champions League (play-off) PAOK-Benfica 39'

 

Pizzi is in high rotation in 2018/19. Played all the 14 matches held by the eagles (1121 minutes), being always a starter. In fact, it was in the last of those matches – the “clássico” of last Sunday – that the Portuguese international did his last assistance. The midfielder assisted Haris Seferovic with his head, to score the decisive goal against FC Porto.

Taking a look at the midfielders of the top ten European Leagues, only Pablo Sarabia did a little better so far. The 26-year old Spaniard, from Seville, counts nine goals and five assists in 15 matches.

Pizzi

6 assists by Pizzi

Competition Match Minute Scorer
Liga NOS Nacional-Benfica 76' Grimaldo
Liga NOS Nacional-Benfica 90'+3' Rafa
Liga NOS Benfica-Aves 34' João Félix
Liga NOS Benfica-FC Porto 62' Seferovic
Champions League (qualifier) PAOK-Benfica 20' Jardel
Champions League (play-off) AEK-Benfica 15' Grimaldo

 

In these main league, the only one who comes after Pizzi is the French international Dimitri Payet. The midfielder from Marseille – with a total of 11 matches – scored five times and assisted six. Followed by Ruslan Malynovsky. The player from Genk has a straight participation in 10 goals (seven successful shots and three assists).

Boavista-Benfica

Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia

Pics: Archive / SL Benfica

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