Barcelona: Attacking means scoring against Barcelona
Defensive struggles have been the reason behind the majority of Barcelona‘s disappointing results this season.
The Blaugrana are the top scorers in LaLiga Santander, but they’re one of the teams who concede the most clear chances as well.
Barcelona‘s defenders have been unable to prevent opponents creating chances, having shots and scoring goals, which was on show in the defeat at Levante on Saturday.
Barcelona face 2.91 shots on target per game, which is only beaten by Osasuna‘s 2.67 and Atletico Madrid‘s 2.58.
However, given that they concede very few shots on target, they concede an average of 1.5 goals per game.
Barcelona‘s style of play is based on possession, quick passing and positioning.
“If we have the ball, they can’t hurt us,” is the phrase often used by coaches to explain how this system helps defensively.
However, Barcelona have conceded 32 shots in LaLiga Santander this season with an average possession of 64.7 percent.
For comparison, Eibar have conceded 37 shots with a much lower possession average.
The Barcelona defence aren’t able to deal with their opponents’ attacking moves and those moves often end in clear-cut chances.
That’s where Marc-Andre ter Stegen suffers as he isn’t given much chance to make a save when the opposition have such a good chance of scoring.
The German goalkeeper saves just 56.25 percent of the shots he faces – a figure only beaten by Eibar’s Marko Dmitrovic (54.05 percent).