Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tackling skills: the big-5 league rankings (2016/17)

The CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post (Issue number 189) released the big-5 league players according to their tackling skills. A successful tackle is defined by our data provider OptaPro as tackles resulting in winning possession or the ball being put out of play.
According to the report, the tackling index was calculated by multiplying the average number of tackles attempted per 90 minutes and their success rate. 
This analysis was done for those players fielded for at least 1,500 domestic league minutes.
The top three ranked players came from three different championships - Ligue 1, La Liga and the English Premier League. 
Topping this list, is  Valentin Rongier of Nantes in France. He is followed by Carlos Casemiro of Real Madrid of La Liga. 
Idrissa Gueye of Everton in England comes third on the list. The top ranked Bundesliga player is Douglas Santos who plays for Hamburg.
The Serie A top tackler is Pescara's Gastón Brugman.
However, quantitatively, the big-5 league top player who attempted the most tackles is Sergio Álvarez of Sporting Gijón. He attempted a total of 138. 
Idrissa Gueye of Everton achieved the most in England; 99. To place the EPL high in he ranks, the highest success rate among players in the top 100 list was recorded for Pedro Obiang (West Ham) who achieved 89%.
Ligue 1 has three players in the top ten, with the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A having two each and the EPL just one.
What is your view on the statistics?