Are we using data optimally?
When we think about data in football, we always think about numbers. A lot of clubs are collecting this type of data from games and training. Everything physical is getting measured and everything with the ball involved is getting measured.
This all gives an image of players and games. Sometimes justified and sometimes the data shows something else than what you thought. So how do you treat the grey zone? Not everything is in the numbers. Pep Guardiola said this in a moment with the press.
I think he makes a good point. Not everything shows up in the data. If you position yourself correctly and close down options, there are no duels involved, no interceptions, but you did the right thing. It just doesn’t show up in the numbers. So that’s one side of the story, where not everything shows up in the data.
The other side of the story is the actual data, how are we using this? Data can give a lot of insights into performance, from these insights you have to conclude and of these conclusions you have to make a plan on how this is going to develop a player or a team.
For example, a player has an 82% pass rate. You show this to the player, but what is the conclusion? Should he miss fewer passes? If yes, what kind of passes? If you only show this number, the player will probably play more safe passes. The passing percentage goes up, but it’s not certain that it’s the best for the team.
Another thing I think is that with data everyone thinks about numbers. But everything you collect is data. The Tactalyse method is based on video data. We have watched 10 thousand of game situations and have found optimal behaviors in every game situation.
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