Bola.net – Victory Manchester City over Chelsea last weekend tailed long. One of the things that was discussed a lot from the match was the scorer of the only goal for City’s victory, Julian Alvarez.
Alvarez is called the unsung hero behind Manchester City’s slick appearance this season. In fact, there are those who comment further and emphasize that the Argentine player is better than the City star, Erling Haaland.
Alvarez is considered to have more complete abilities than Haaland. Moreover, Alvarez was able to score against Real Madrid in the 2022/2023 Champions League Semifinals, something that Haaland could not do.
However, it doesn’t feel valid if you only see the appearance of the two players from just one or two matches. Of course, it is more comprehensive if the comparison of the two players is seen from their performance throughout the season.
How do the statistics of the two players compare? Check out the full article below.
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Manchester City striker Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid in the second leg of the 2022/2023 Champions League semifinals, Thursday (18/5/2023) WIB. (c) AP Photo/Jon Super
Haaland and Alvarez have both shown good performance this season. They both showed extraordinary abilities in taking advantage of the opportunities they had.
According to the Whoscored page, so far, Haaland has an expected goals (xG) value of 31.54. Meanwhile, on the other hand, he has scored 36 goals. This means that from every xG he has, Haaland is able to score 1.14 goals.
Meanwhile, Alvarez ‘only’ recorded an xG value of 7.38. However, when it comes to taking advantage of these opportunities, he is slightly more effective than Haaland. From every xG he has, Alvarez is able to score 1.22 goals.
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Haaland Is Sharper
Manchester City striker Erling Haaland (c) AP Photo/Dave Thompson
At first glance, Haaland is much sharper than Alvarez. So far, the Norwegian player has scored 36 goals in 34 appearances in the 2022/2023 Premier League. Meanwhile, Alvarez ‘only’ scored nine goals so far.
Haaland himself has so far played in 2713 minutes played with City in the 2022/2023 Premier League. That is, he averaged 0.013 goals every minute he played.
On the other hand, Alvarez played in 1296 minutes with City in the 2022/2023 Premier League. On average, the Argentine player scores 0.007 goals every minute he plays.
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Is Haaland Weaker Defensively?
Erling Haaland’s action in the Manchester City vs Leeds United match in Week 35 of the 2022/2023 Premier League, Saturday (6/5/2023) evening WIB. (c) AP Photo/Rui Vieira
Many say that Alvarez’s main advantage over Haaland is a matter of defense. This 23-year-old player is said to be more diligent in helping defense than Haaland.
At first glance, these claims seem true. Dealing with tackles, Alvarez recorded an average of 0.9 tackles per game. Meanwhile, Haaland only averaged 0.1 tackles per match.
However, for intercept matters, these two players have the same record. Alvarez and Haaland both scored 0.1 intercepts per game.
When it comes to sweeping the ball from his own defense, Haaland is superior. He recorded an average of 0.4 sweeps in each match. Meanwhile, Alvarez only recorded 0.2 sweeps in each match.
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Alvarez More Involved in the Game
Manchester City striker Julian Alvarez lifts the 2022/2023 Premier League trophy. (c) AP Photo/Jon Super
If there’s one aspect where Alvarez excels over Haaland, it’s being ‘engaged’ in the game. Alvarez’s position, which is often played as an attacking midfielder, makes him more visible in Pep Guardiola’s scheme. One measure is the number of passes that Alvarez released more than Haaland
In Whoscored records, in every game. Alvarez averaged 14.7 passes. The 170-centimeter player’s bait accuracy reaches 82.4 percent.
On the other hand, Haaland’s number of passes was less. He recorded 13.5 assists in each match. The blonde player’s bait accuracy is at 75.3 percent.
Sumber: Whoscored dan Understat
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