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This morning's "fun" is looking at whether Celtic's opponents respect our "authoritah" enough. Passes Per Defensive Action (PPDA) is supposed to be a statistical proxy for a team's pressing intensity. Conversely, PPDA Against is to measure how intense opponents press.
The first graphic shows Celtic vs various clubs in domestic league games only for 2019-2020. I've selected the clubs based upon those with large financial advantages over their leagues and those that are dominant statistically. We can see where Celtic stackup as a "dominant" club
Given the extreme slide in quality in SPFL after Celtic and Rangers, the 14.38 PPDA against suggests that many of our SPFL opponents don't respect our authoritah enough. We have not been punishing the press enough to cause opponents to back off. The average of 3 derbies?
12.60 Celtic and 6.97 Rangers- by this metric Rangers behaved as the team "in control." BTW- that script was flipped for the 27 minutes in the Dec 29th game, though obviously tiny sample- 3.33 Celtic 9.57 Rangers. I also threw in the 2016/2017 season for comparison.
Let's look at Europe- here we see pretty logical adjustments for teams. Those one would expect to remain dominant do so, while teams like Rangers and Zagreb were forced to press less. For Celtic, only Lazio was a team ranked above Celtic as opponent in SPI.
In the 5 competitive games (excluding B-team game at Cluj) Celtic avg 6.75 vs 8.20. As Rodney Dangerfield would have said, we don't get no respect. We need to do a better job breaking the press and punishing inferior teams for doing so.
Perhaps a striker (Ajeti?) better at holding the ball up will help when we go long, but this is another indication, IMO, of how our midfield is not performing up to its required level. End
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