Real Madrid v Barcelona: Alonso v Xavi stats and the art of playmaking

Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that Xabi Alonso has conceded 38 fouls this season in La Liga, while Xavi has conceded only four.

The statistics suggest a deeper role occupied by Xabi Alonso, with fewer shots, chances created, crosses or dribbles, but more tackles, clearances, blocks and interceptions.

Xavi is central to Pep Guardiola’s system, having had 3131 touches of the ball, more than any other player across the top five European leagues.

Player

Xabi Alonso

Xavi

Team

Real Madrid

Barcelona

Appearances

28 26

Starts

24 25

Minutes On Pitch

2,241 2,079

Goal Attempts

Goals

0 3

Shots

12 26

Shots On Target

5 11

Shots Off Target

7 15

Blocked shots

5 7

Passing

Touches

2351 3256

Touches per game

84.0 125.2

Goal Assists

5 5

Key Passes

44 61

Total Passes

1,739 2,795

Pass Completion %

85% 94%

Pass Completion in final third %

74% 89%

Duels

Duels

280 149

Duels won %

60% 60%

Crossing

Total Crosses

76 99

Cross Completion %

26% 28%

Dribbling

Dribbles

14 39

Dribble Completion %

50% 77%

Defending

Tackles Made

89 28

Tackles Won %

80% 75%

Blocks

7 0

Clearances

39 14

Interceptions

80 26

Discipline

Fouls

38 4

Fouls won

28 31

Yellow Cards

10 5

Red Cards

0 0

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