The stats which Rafa has been collecting since the beginning of the season come at the same speed as he plays on the pitch.
Since the beginning of the 2019/20 season, the reds have already played 3 games (Super Cup and two games in Liga NOS), as Rafa played 258 of the 270 minutes.
The winger already counts with two official goals, which is unique, in this period, since he is a senior. The player had never scored two goals in the first three matches; in what concerns to assists, other significant record: three passes for goal, more than the entire last season (two).
The benfiquista has also 19 successful dribbles and 66% efficiency, according to the Wyscout platform.
Many fouls from the opponents
Against Belenenses SAD, the fouls Rafa suffered – five – have resulted in yellow cards; also in the Super Cup, against Sporting, two opponents were punished the same way.
Concerning the goal opportunities, the eagles’ winger has been on fire. In addition to the three assists, he completed 5 key-passes to his teammates, being second in the squad, only overcome by Pizzi, with 11 key-passes.
In spite of being an offensive player, Rafa is now much more complete. IN the three 2019/20 games, counts with 13 interceptions, 10 in the opponent’s midfield.
In the next round of Liga NOS, Rafa might play his 5th game against FC Porto since he is at Luz. In the last "Clássico", at Estádio do Dragão, he scored the winner for the eagles (1-2).
Text: Marco Rebelo
Pics: Archive/ SL Benfica