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.
6 goals by Pizzi
|Liga NOS||Benfica-V. Guimarães||10'|
|Liga NOS||Benfica-V. Guimarães||30'|
|Liga NOS||Benfica-V. Guimarães||38'|
|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.
6 assists by Pizzi
|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).
Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia
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