Our statistical analysis this week, as powered by Opta, is focused on this Saturday’s clash between Alessandro Florenzi and Leonardo Spinazzola. The players are two of the most versatile in the top Italian tier and they’ve both become well-known for their useful flexibility out on the pitch.
Having demonstrated that he’s well and truly overcome his previous knee injury, Florenzi has once again emerged as a key player for Roma this season, making 15 appearances and playing 1,148 minutes. As for Spinazzola, he experienced a fairly slow start to the season after some transfer speculation in the summer, however, he has since regained his starting spot in the Nerazzurri starting XI, featuring on 11 occasions and racking up 964 minutes of playing time.
Florenzi has recently made the full-back role increasingly his own in the Italian capital, clearly demonstrating his offensive abilities and technique. Out of 699 attempted passes, he has completed 81.8 percent of them (75.7 percent success rate when in the opposition half). Spinazzola, on the other hand, has completed 77.2 percent of his 549 attempted balls. They are practically identical in terms of individual duels, with the Roman coming out on top 50 percent of the time, much like the Atalanta man’s 49.7 percent success rate. Similarly, this is almost the case with balls recovered, with Florenzi just edging it with 85 to 81. However, Spinazzola does have the superior stats when looking at aerial duels, winning 33.3 percent in comparison to Florenzi’s 29.4. Meanwhile, the Giallorossi ace does impress in his tackling, winning 15 of his 22 clashes, in contrast to Spinazzola’s four from 12. They have each committed six and seven fouls respectively, while Gasperini’s player has received one yellow card.
Analysing their offensive stats, Florenzi has recorded two assists, scored one goal and created 20 chances, while Spinazzola has provided just nine.