You can deride stats all you like but sometimes they tell you things your eyes missed.
Take the following, for example:
Aerial duels won per game:
Weird. This isn’t headers per game, merely what happens when two players contest a ball in the air. Strange that Senderos essentially hasn’t been going up for the high balls. I hadn’t noticed that but will keep an eye on it in the future.
Clearances per game
They’re all mucking in here. Hangeland stands tall again.
Blocked shots per game
I’d have assumed this’d go the other way – Hangeland always seems to be blocking something. All vital stuff, though, and for every block there are several ‘near blocks’ where shooters are hurried.
Passes per game
Ah, okay. This is why we’re seeing the selection we’re seeing, I suspect.
Accurate long passes per game