Saturday, 14 February 2009

Sean Davis > Andrea Pirlo

Well, in a way.

We all saw how good Elano was on Wednesday, dancing around an Italian midfield containing Andrea Pirlo, a real giant of the twenty-first century game, as well as the far from average Daniele de Rossi and Riccardo Montolivo.

Today, though, he was poor. Stationed out on the right (but drifting across the pitch), his job was to pick out the runs of Bellamy in the box, along with whichever of Ireland and Robinho chose to join him. But as the below graphic shows he hit 18 failed passes (with 28 good ones it's only a 60% success rate). And the main problem seems to have been Sean Davis, who with an impressive thirteen interceptions shut down all of City's play in this area.

 by Guardian Chalkboards

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