Spanish Liga: Alber Fenoll Scouts Levante UD for Malaga CF

Spanish Liga side Malaga CF played Levante UD last weekend. During the days before the game, scouter Alber Fenoll (AF) has has been posting several tweets showing some aspects the home team should take into account to win the game. They were all created with KlipDraw (www.klipdraw.com) video analysis software.

In the following post we have compiled the most important information from his analysis:

Overall Stats

This season, Levante UD has played 14 games with a balance 4 wins, 6 draws and 4 defeats. They have scored 16 goals but received 20. Players have been booked with 29 yellow cards and only one red card. They were awarded just one penalty shot.

As far as collective performance is concerned, in last game they completed 80% of successful passes with a 45% possession, 10 shots (3 of them were on goal) and 5 corner kicks. Levante UD players committed 15 fouls.

 Dead Ball Situations: Side Free Kicks

Multiple Levante players join the attacking area when there is a side free kick. As seen in the attached picture from the game against Atletico Madrid, they place four players inside the box and three others in the border of the box. There was another one –also outside the box- which is not covered and looks for the left wing. 

Dead Ball: Corner Kicks

65’5% of the corner kicks made by Levante are looking for the near post. This is an important data to take into account. Other 22,4% of corner kicks are shot to the far post.

Some examples here:

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Levante Attacking Strategies

Levante UD usually prefers to attack to the left side. Morales is their most dangerous players. He is constantly looking for one-to-one challenges as a resource to look for the centre of the box and shoot on goal or combine with Toño. Morales can move free all over the attack front.

Malaga CF should be careful of Levante UD long shots looking defenders’ back as well.

Key Players: Campaña

Campaña is the reference when it comes to build up play. As you can see in the following pictures, he is not only the first attacking man but also he is responsible to support teammates when they have no option for a clear pass.

Key Players: Toño

Toño gives depth to the Levante UD attack. As can be seen in the following pictures, in the first goal his team scored against Las Palmas he went across the left wing following the play until he finally delivered the key pass to Doukouré.

Key Players: Ünal

Turkish forward Enes Ünal is another player to watch out. He has a strong back-to-goal game. His moves attract opponent players so he can generate spaces for teammates coming from the second attack line.

Key Players: Bardhi

Bardhi is a great free kicker. Malaga CF should avoid making fouls nearby the box.