RC Lens 10th in the possession classification


After 14 days, RC Lens is at the foot of the podium with 24 points, just 2 points behind OGC Nice (2nd). The start of the season is a great success, even if they have just lost 4-0 on the ground of Brest on the last day. The Sang & Or are the 2nd best attack in the championship behind PSG, the 7th best defense, but are to everyone’s surprise the 10th best team in terms of ball possession…

Drawing : "Ligue 1: RC Lens 10th in the possession classification "

After 14 days, RC Lens is at the foot of the podium with 24 points, just 2 points behind OGC Nice (2nd). The start of the season is a great success, even if they have just lost 4-0 on the ground of Brest on the last day. The Sang & Or are the 2nd best attack in the championship behind PSG, the 7th best defense, but are to everyone’s surprise the 10th best team in terms of ball possession…

In a style of well defined since the arrival of Franck Haise on the club bench, this 10th place can be explained by the fact that Lens sets up quick attacks, generally passing from the sides, and playing with 2 box-to-box midfielders. The 3-4-1-2 system allows the full-backs (Clauss and Frankowski) to stand out, while keeping a defensive balance. The statistics show it, Jonathan Clauss scored 2 goals and delivered 6 assists while Frankowski scored 4 goals and delivered 3 assists! In the axis of the game, it is the pair Doucoure – Fofana which makes all fans of the Hauts-de-France club happy. The two players have an impressive volume of play and do not hesitate to accompany their attackers during the offensives. This very well-established system allows this team not to need to control the ball all the time and the stats show it, RC Lens has an average 50.66% possession! They are now ahead of OM, which nevertheless leads the ranking with an average of 63.64%.

This also shows that possession is not everything, we can also cite ASSE which stagnates in 19th place in Ligue 1 despite its 9th place in this ranking. Unlike FC Nantes which is 11th in Ligue 1 with only 3 points behind 6th place, but which is 19th in terms of possession!

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