Numbers behind Luis Enrique’s Barcelona makeover

Barcelona are playing a new and exciting style of attacking soccer, and the Catalan side’s 34 goals, a total that leads La Liga, actually understates the team’s quality. By expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of chances created, Barcelona should have scored about 39 goals this season – only occasional struggles with finishing have kept Barcelona from running away with La Liga’s title. If they keep creating chances at this rate, even more goals will come. But the better story lies beneath the goal-scoring totals. That Barcelona score goals is not new, but the style and strategy of … Continue reading Numbers behind Luis Enrique’s Barcelona makeover