Pirata Morado, on 10 March 2011 - 07:17 AM, said:
Yes, their numbers are impressive, but what I meant is that they still miss a lot of chances. They build a lot of goal chances which they fail to score, many times because they like to keep trying the beautiful pass once inside the box, where they should try to shoot instead.
Remember Inter last year? I guess they built 3 chances in both games. They scored them all. 100% success rate.
Barcelona had at least 5 good chances at London in the first leg, and another 5 chances on tuesday in the second leg. That's 4 goals in 10 chances, for a 40% success rate. That's my point. For the number of chances they build they should be able to score more. Not that I complain, just an observation.
It's a fair point. Sometimes you watch Barcelona and they completely dominate the play yet still find themselves in a tight game. Then again sometimes Villa, Messi and Pedro are clinical and look like some of the best finishers in the world.
One thing I would say is that the margins between success and failure are extremely small when it comes to finishing chances. I play as an attacking midfield player and some games everything I hit finds the corner of the net and on other days everything I hit just misses, or the keeper makes a great save. There are a lot of circumstantial factors that come into play - nobody can control shots to within a couple of inches, yet often that's the difference between success and failure. It's very similar to baseball in that sense.
Of course fans tend to look at the sports quite differently. Whereas baseball has things like BABIP, FIP and other ways to separate "performance" from "results" (or to measure how unlucky players are) when we watch football we tend to just see someone as a genius when they hit a shot straight into the top corner and an idiot when they hit a shot that goes an inch wide.
The only thing you can do in football is keep playing the percentages, dominate possession, create chances and hope they end up in the back of the net. If you have good finishers like Villa then it should even itself out. Arsenal, for instance, looked clinical against Barca, but then they played Sunderland the week before, completely dominated the game and couldn't score (it finished 0-0).