Swansea’s 62% possession is not enough as Cisse disturbs the cosy carousel
The Liberty Stadium fell into almost silence late on Thursday evening as the former-Liverpool striker; Djibril Cisse stroked home a penalty carelessly given away by stand-in goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel to draw a surprisingly fairly contested game. In what was meant to be a chance to seal qualification to the knock-out stages, Swansea City now head to Krasnodar about to experience what away days in Europe are all about.
The main statistics for this game show that although Swansea dominated possession – they failed to kill this game off. The Swans had 17 shots on goal during the game, yet only scored one. Although, you may think Swansea dominated the whole game – they didn’t. Kuban had 17 shots themselves and will go away from this match wondering how they only scored once.
As you can also see, Swansea’s pass completion rate (87%) was far higher than Krasnodar’s (74%), this won’t surprise many people who follow the Premier League as everybody knows Michael Laudrup‘s men like to play the ball around. However, the Dane and his team will come under some criticism as a result of having 17 shots on goal and 62% possession but only scoring once. Maybe the route-one, direct method of creating chances may have worked better during this game?
Man of the Match:
Whenever a defender, especially a centre-back is given a Man of the Match award, it normally suggests that the defender had a lot to do and he did it very well. This is exactly why Chico was given our Man of the Match award. It speaks volumes about that none of Swansea’s strikers or attacking-midfielders were given it, but their centre-back.
Chico does deserve it, though. In terms of keeping Swansea in the game and making sure the Swans didn’t lose the match, Chico was excellent – he intercepted the ball more times than anybody else on his team and, as you can see below, those interceptions all came within yards from a shooting chance on goal, therefore Chico’s interceptions could be viewed as single-handedly saving his team from being beaten on the night.
As well as Chico’s interception count being high, the Spaniard also cleared the ball from his own penalty area six times and had a pass completion rate of 93% – a superb effort for a centre-back.