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Fiorentina 2-0 Chievo Verona: Statistical recap

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It's pretty obvious that Fiorentina controlled that one with a dominant midfield pairing and a couple moments of magic, but let's delve a bit further into what that looks like.

He's doing it again.
He's doing it again.
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Paulo Sousa and company are back in the saddle with a controlled win over a clearly outclassed Chievo Verona. While the obvious talking point is that Fiorentina will sit in second place in Serie A throughout the winter break, there's some other fun stuff to look at from this match. As usual, all numbers are from WhoScored.com.

Team statistics

Shots (on goal) Shots inside/outside area Possession Passes (short/long) Passing success Crosses/attempted Dribbles/attempted Aerial duels won/attempted Tackles/attempted Interceptions Clearances Fouls Yellow/red cards Corners Offsides
Fiorentina 13 (8) 6/12 67% 743 (666/60) 88% 2/12 12/19 10/22 16/23 23 16 19 1/0 7 0
Chievo Verona 6 (0) 1/5 33% 379 (301/61) 74% 4/17 7/15 12/22 14/26 9 3 14 2/0 2 8

Player statistics

Short passes/attempted Long passes/attempted Crosses/attempted Touches Shots (on target) Shots inside/outside area Dribbles/attempted Possession lost Tackles/attempted Interceptions Clearances Successful aerial battles Fouls committed/suffered Yellow/red cards Offsides Saves Goals Assists Minutes
Tatarusanu 11/11 4/19 0/0 49 0 (0) 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 3 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Roncaglia 78/83 4/7 0/0 104 1 (0) 0/1 0/0 1 1/1 4 2 1 1/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Gonzalo 81/87 6/11 0/0 111 0 (0) 0/0 1/1 0 2/2 0 5 2 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Astori 68/74 3/9 0/0 94 0 (0) 0/0 1/1 0 3/3 2 4 0 4/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Bernardeschi 39/43 4/4 0/2 61 1 (1) 0/1 2/6 1 1/2 1 1 0 3/2 1/0 0 0 0 2 90
Vecino 71/76 0/0 0/0 93 2 (1) 0/2 2/2 2 3/5 5 1 2 3/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Badelj 91/99 2/3 0/0 115 0 (0) 0/0 1/1 2 4/6 5 1 1 3/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Alonso 45/52 2/5 1/5 79 1 (0) 0/1 3/5 3 1/1 2 2 2 1/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Ilicic 25/30 2/2 0/1 40 3 (2) 0/3 0/1 2 0/1 1 0 0 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 0 58
Valero 40/46 0/0 1/3 58 1 (1) 0/1 0/0 6 1/2 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0 0 0 0 81
Kalinic 17/20 0/0 0/0 32 2 (2) 2/0 1/1 7 0/0 2 0 2 2/3 0/0 0 0 1 0 90
Fernández 20/23 0/0 0/1 29 1 (0) 0/1 0/0 2 0/0 1 0 0 0/2 0/0 0 0 0 0 32
Suárez 12/13 0/0 0/0 15 1 (1) 0/1 1/1 0 0/0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 9

Conclusions

Well, that's a bit better. It helped that Chievo were will to stand off a bit and let Fiorentina develop some passing moves, but everything seemed to be crisper and more urgent from the Viola side. Perhaps the need to arrest a slide gave the lads that extra impetus to press, or maybe Sousa just altered his plan. Whatever it was, it worked pretty well, although it didn't seem like the team tactics were that different from in previous games.

Quick thoughts: Uh, Ciprian, you're supposed to pass to the guys in purple. That's probably the best game from the Matías Vecino-Milan Badelj double pivot; the stats are freaking unreal, especially the interception's and the Bad Elf's passing numbers. Sure, it was against Chievo, but that looked like an all-world midfield, which was important, since Borja Valero seemed out of sorts, possibly due to some built up fatigue. The break seems to be coming at just the right time for him. Looks like Federico Bernardeschi may be worth that 10 shirt after all. Josip Ilicic and Nikola Kalinic are sort of hilariously opposite: the former is tall but useless in the air, likes to get involved in the buildup play, is a good dribbler, and only shoots from distance; the latter isn't particularly tall but is dangerous in the air, plays on the last shoulder, doesn't really dribble much, and only shoots from inside the area. I sense a buddy cop movie in the offing.

Well, that's it from VN Stats HQ. We'll resume with the Palermo match on 6 January. Until then, Forza Viola.