Analysis

ANALYTICS. The change of Messi in the match vs Valencia

The Argentine played closer to the box and wider

ANALYTICS. The change of Messi in the match vs Valencia
ANALYTICS. The change of Messi in the match vs Valencia

The Argentine played closer to the box and wider

Messi

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"Playing like this, we will win La Liga," said Piqué after the defeat against Valencia. Despite the result, Luis Enrique's team showed a different face and shot up to 22 times against Diego Alves, who did an excellent match. The first 25 minutes where and exhibition of soccer and the Blaugrana strikers missed many goal chances. The matter of shot accuracy must still improve, but the team evolved in terms of level of game.

Some data show that Leo Messi was closer to the rival's box again, and this is a reason to be optimistic. In the previous matches, he had been seen playing almost as midfielder. He offered himself to start the plays, but this prevented him to have chances to score, in the zone were he is more dangerous.

In this graphs made by WhoScored, we can see the average position of Barça players (you will know them by their number) on the field. In the evolution of Barça's last six games, you can see that Messi was really near to the central circle, in a very central position, far from the right side. Even in some matches, his position coincided with Suárez or Munir, the players in charge of the center forward position. However, against Valencia Messi moved some meters forward and played wider. A significant change which might show the way to recover the best version of the Argentine for the decisive part of La Liga.

Villarreal

Real Madrid

Atlético Madrid (Champions League's first leg)

Real Sociedad

Atlético Madrid (Champions League's second leg)

Valencia