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Vinicius vs Dembele: Comparing the two star wingers of La Liga so far this season

Barcelona’s strong start to the season, coupled with their excellent summer transfer window has led to the return of the good old parallels between the Catalans and their arch-rivals Real Madrid, both of who are expected to fight for the title this season.

The newly-formed rivalry between Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema has already been well documented.

But another rivalry taking shape in recent weeks is Ousmane Dembele and Vinicius Junior, especially in light of the latter’s return to prominence.

Dembele has been heavily involved in Barça’s attacking play in recent weeks, notably racking up one goal and four assists in five competitive matches. Vinicius, on the other hand, has registered five goals and two assists in his last two seven competitive games.

Here, at Barça Universal, we will take a deep dive into the numbers of Vinicius and Dembele so far this season.

Dribbling/Progression

One of the main elements that demarcates a winger is the ability to carry the ball around in the final third and make life difficult for the opposition defenders.

Between the two, Vinicius (6.05 per 90) has attempted a slightly more dribbles than Dembele (5.29 per 90) so far this season. But the two of them have a similar success rate around 34%, though Vinicius does average over 2 completed dribbles per game.

Vinicius also trumps Dembele when it comes to progressive carriers, with the Real Madrid forward carrying the ball forward by at least 5 yards, almost 14 times per 90, which is higher than Dembele’s 11.8.

Chance creation

La Liga jewels. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

While dribbling and progression are an essential part of a winger’s game, chance creation is another key aspect. One would expect Dembele to dominate this field, as the Frenchman has proven to be an excellent source of creativity since the turn of the year.

Even in the current season so far, Dembele is averaging 0.59 assists per 90, compared to Vinicius’ 0.26. He has also registered a…


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Author : Connell Edgar-Jones

Publish date : 2022-09-09 09:56:55

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