Top 5 teams with the best possession in Europe this season
Everyone knows that winning in football can only be achieved by getting a superior result in terms of the difference between goals scored and conceded against an opponent during any given match.
While there is no argument to the fact that goals are the determining factor in the sport, it is also important to note that the game is not only about scoring goals. As a matter of fact, besides putting the ball into the back of the net, there are also other battles that take place on a soccer pitch and one of them is the battle for ball possession.
The act of retaining possession and controlling gameplay has become a popular system in modern football, with a number of elite tacticians including the likes Pep Guardiola, Maurizio Sarri and Quique Setién all rising and making for themselves with this method.
In fact, many clubs have adopted this system and apart from winning games, the battle for ball possession has also become a popular trend among football clubs.
Therefore, we decided to take a look these possession-loving teams, ranking them in respect to the percentage of ball possession they have enjoyed so far during the campaign.
[Please note that this list has been developed using stats from whoscored.com]
#5. Real Betis
There are many fantastic ball-possession loving clubs in the football world at the moment but La Liga outfit Real Betis have been able to find their way into the top 5, thanks to the incredible efforts of their manager, Quique Setién.
The Verdiblancos shocked the world recently when they earned a popular 4-3 victory against FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp, producing an electrifying performance and beating the Catalan giants in their own game.
Ever since then, they have been going from strength to strength, upsetting the odds against big teams in La Liga and moving forward with their attractive brand of football. The Verdiblancos are currently one of the most efficient teams in the world right now when it comes to ball possession, with an average of 60.9 % possession per game across all competitions.