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Carpi vs Fiorentina: Statistical review

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What does winning ugly look like? We have the numbers to show you.

Fiorentina strong like bear.
Fiorentina strong like bear.
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Well, at least Paulo Sousa is consistent, if nothing else. Fiorentina continued the draw-less form thus far displayed, now giving them the pleasingly symmetrical record of WLWLW. Here are the numbers on how the game played out, courtesy, as always, of Whoscored.com.

Team statistics

Possession Passes (short/long) Passing success Crosses/attempted Dribbles/attempted Shots (on target) Shots inside/outside area Tackles/attempted Interceptions Aerial duels won/attempted Fouls Yellow/red cards Corners Offsides
Carpi 34% 347 (241/80) 75% 8/25 2/18 12 (3) 8/4 30/40 25 16/30 15 3/0 4 5
Fiorentina 66% 673 (609/49) 87% 3/12 10/21 8 (2) 3/5 22/24 9 14/30 21 4/0 3 4
Player statistics

Short passes/attempted Long passes/attempted Crosses/attempted Dribbles/attempted Shots (on target) Shots inside/outside area Touches Possession lost Tackles/attempted Interceptions Successful aerial battles Fouls committed/suffered Yellow/red cards Offsides Saves Goals Assists Minutes
Tatarusanu 20/20 6/12 0/0 0/0 0 (0) 0/0 48 0 0/0 2 1 0/0 1/0 0 3 0 0 90
Roncaglia 65/70 1/8 0/0 0/0 0 (0) 0/0 83 0 2/2 0 1 2/2 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Gonzalo 45/47 3/7 0/0 0/0 0 (0) 0/0 65 1 1/2 3 2 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Tomovic 47/4 1/7 0/0 0/1 0 (0) 0/0 63 1 0/0 1 0 2/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Pasqual 25/27 0/1 1/3 0/0 0 (0) 0/0 35 1 3/3 0 0 2/1 1/0 0 0 0 0 45
Valero 91/95 1/2 1/3 4/5 1 (0) 0/1 110 2 0/0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0 0 0 0 90
Suarez 120/134 3/4 0/0 0/1 0 (0) 0/0 154 4 5/5 1 5 2/2 1/0 0 0 0 0 90
Gilberto 27/32 0/0 0/1 2/3 0 (0) 0/0 49 4 4/4 0 0 3/2 0/0 1 0 0 0 90
Rossi 17/19 0/0 0/0 1/1 1 (0) 0/1 26 3 2/2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0 0 0 0 58
Bernardeschi 25/31 1/2 0/0 0/3 1 (0) 0/1 45 4 0/0 1 1 1/4 0/0 0 0 0 0 76
Babacar 16/23 0/0 0/1 1/2 3 (2) 2/1 37 6 0/0 0 1 0/2 0/0 2 0 1 0 90
Alonso 25/26 1/4 1/4 1/2 1 (0) 0/1 50 4 3/3 2 2 2/1 1/red cards 0 0 0 0 45
Kalinic 8/11 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 (0) 1/0 19 4 1/1 0 1 0/0 0/0 1 0 0 0 32
Verdú 23/24 0/0 0/0 0/1 0 (0) 0/0 27 0 1/1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 14
Conclusions

This one can be best described as a grind; I haven't ever seen so many tackles and interceptions in a game. Paulo Sousa was clearly afraid of getting burned on the counter a la Torino, so he bunkered back once Fiorentina had scored. Apparently la Viola are still threatening enough that Carpi didn't want to come out and challenge them, even late in the game. Given the frantic pace of the game, an extra midfielder or two (Mati Fernandez, anyone?) would have been useful to slow the tempo and control things better after the goal, although Joan Verdú did a decent job on his debut. Overall, not much to say on this one: as a wise man once said, "Throw them three points in the back of the van and drive the hell out of town."

A few quick notes: Tomovic and Roncaglia really can't hit long passes, so opposing defenses have figured out to press Gonzalo at the back and stifle Borja, since nobody else can effectively move the ball forward from deep. Mario Suarez was more the player we thought he'd be in this one, completely dominating the area in front of the defense; hopefully, he can do it against Juventus as well as Carpi. Bernardeschi is still uneven: his dribbling lets him down, but he wins fouls like a boss. Rossi wasn't very involved and may not be quite fit yet; alternatively, he just wanted to keep away from a very physical Carpi side to preserve his health. Not sure which would be worse.

Well, that's it for the stats. Tune back in next week. Forza Viola.