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Real Madrid Vs FC Basel, Champions League: Stats review

James participated a lot and one could say that he's getting used to play in the midfield.

Denis Doyle

It was a good, comfortable win. But there were some very interesting stats behind Real's successful victory. Here are some of them (via

  • James Rodríguez contributed really well to the team's control of the match. The Colombian attempted 72 passes, completing 63 for a good 88% pass accuracy ratio. Only Marcelo—74—and Kroos—88—attempted more passes than James. He's getting more and more comfortable in Real's midfield, as he also helped the defensive line covering 11,283 meters, second in the team behind Toni Kroos' 11,411 meters covered.
  • Luka Modric delivered two great passes, but he's yet to find the rhythm and grooved from last season. The Croatian midfielder attempted just 43 passes in the 74 minutes he was on the field. He definitely needs to come upon his new role in Toni Kroos' midfield.
  • When Real Madrid don't have the ball, Gareth Bale helps the midfield much more than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Welshman covered 10,574 meters in comparison to Ronaldo's 9,155. If the team are defending in a 4-3-3 formation, the left back will need more help from the midfielder since Ronaldo doesn't track back as often as Bale does on the opposite flank.
  • Karim Benzema knows how to get involved in the team's control and tempo of the game. And yet, it seems that his teammates can't find him open. The French striker attempted just 14 passes, and even FC Basel forward Streller managed to try more passes with 16. Benzema scored, but he is not in good form.

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