This is the one-on-one comparison of the possible starting eleven that Real Madrid and CA Osasuna will offer this Saturday (10:00 p.m.) in the 2022/23 Copa del Rey final, which will be played at the La Cartuja Stadium in Seville.

Courtois vs. Sergio Herrera.

If their teams are in the Cup final, it is largely due to their individual performances. Both Thibaut Courtois and Sergio Herrera have made winning saves in their career in the Cup, and this is reflected in the data. The Belgian avoids 0.65 goals per game to the 0.58 of the Osasuna goalkeeper.

They also have very similar numbers in the percentage of saves, although yes, 80% favor the goal of Real Madrid against 77% for Herrera. In the only section that the Osasuna goalkeeper surpasses Courtois is in his footwork. The man from Osasuna has an accuracy of 51% on the long ball compared to 23% of his rival.

Carvajal vs. Moncayola.

The right-back position for Osasuna in this Cup has been occupied by Moncayola. An ‘invention’ from Arrasate that has worked wonders for him. Among others, the youth squad from Tajonar was able to stop Nico Williams in the semifinals, and in the final he will be responsible for doing the same with Vinicius. At Real Madrid, a veteran hardened in a thousand battles: Dani Carvajal.

The performance of both in the Cup is similar. Both have a high number of interceptions every 90 minutes, with 2.5 by the rojillo, and 2.8 by the madridista. Mocayola has better numbers in terms of the times he was dribbled and in the number of chances created (0.74 by 0.47), while the Real Madrid winger is better in passing accuracy (91% by 75%) .

Militao vs. David Garcia.

They are the two ‘bosses’ of the defense of their respective teams. David García is Osasuna’s great defensive bulwark and Militao is having his best campaign since his arrival at Real Madrid. The statistics of both indicate that the rojillo captain is superior to the Brazilian in the aerial game since he has prevailed in 71% of the aerial duels by
66% of Militao. In addition, he also wins more duels per game than the Real Madrid player, 2.94 by 2.07 every 90 minutes.

Where Eder Militao stands out is in the construction of the game, with 61% accuracy in the long pass and 88% in the short pass, compared to 52% in the long and 80% in the short of the new Spanish international.

Rudiger vs. Aridane.

They started at the start of the season as substitutes, but both reach this final with the band of starters. Aridane stands out in the long pass, with a 60% success rate, a figure slightly higher than Rüdiger’s (56%). The Spanish central defender is also safer with the ball at his feet when it comes to not conceding losses in dangerous areas, an aspect in which the German must improve.

Although if we look at purely defensive data, the international is superior to the canary in percentage of times he was dribbled (29% by 32%) and aerial duels won (69% vs 66%), while Aridane improves Rudiger in interceptions every 90 minutes (1.3 vs. 0.9) and ‘tackles’ (1.2 vs. 0.9).

Camavinga vs. Juan Cruz.

Two players who at the beginning of their careers were not left-backs, but the needs of their teams have led them to that position. They are very different, since Cruz has a very marked defensive profile, while Camavinga has shown that
from the side you can also have weight in the offensive construction of the team. Of course, the data gives a resounding victory to the meringue.

The Frenchman is better in defensive data such as recoveries (5.2 to 1.9), percentage of times he was dribbled (37% vs 42%), and
also in offensives such as progressions with the ball (12.2 vs. 9.6) and completed dribbles (1.4 vs. 0.5). In fact, the only aspect in which Juan Cruz is better is in the center, with 25% of centers completed by 0% of the Frenchman.

Kroos vs. Torró.

If Ancelotti and Arrasate have an extension on the pitch, it’s them. The player from Alicante is more defensive than the German, who, beyond doing the job of defensive pivot, is in charge of catalyzing Real Madrid’s game.

Kroos creates and distributes more and with greater precision than Torró, with the long ball being the greatest difference between one and the other, 10.4 long accurate passes from the madridista to 1.5 from the rojillo. On the other hand, the
Torró’s job means that his percentage of times that he was dribbled is lower than that of Kroos (28% vs. 44%) and that his efficiency in the areas is greater (4.8 vs. 0.8).

Ceballos vs Moi Gomez.

The ‘brains’ of their respective teams, although it remains to be seen if Modric finally plays. Ceballos is the one who has the best numbers in this Copa del Rey and improves the records of Moi Gómez in pass accuracy (92% vs. 83%), long passes per game (4 vs. 3.6) and incidence of expected goals (0, 6 against 0.4), in addition to defensive sections such as interceptions (2 vs 0.7) and ‘tackles’ (3 against 1.6). The only sections in which the man from Osasuna improves the Betis youth squad is on created occasions (3 vs 2) and possession possession (he is stolen 0.8 times every 90 minutes to Ceballos’s 1.5).

Fede Valverde vs. Aimar Oroz.

Ancelotti’s ‘all-rounder’ against the umpteenth talent of Tajonar. Fede Valverde is the lung of Real Madrid. He appears in all parts of the field, standing out both in defensive and offensive tasks, which makes him surpass Aimar Oroz in records in all statistical sections. The Uruguayan is superior in passing accuracy, ball retention, ‘tackles’ and one-on-one defense, having only a worse performance than the Osasuna youth squad in completed dribbles, chances created and contribution in expected goals.

Vinicius vs. Abde.

They are the two great agitators of their teams. The Brazilian is already one of the best players in the world, something the Moroccan dreams of, but in the statistical data of both in this Copa del Rey they are not that far from each other. Vinicius has scored 3 goals to Abde’s 2, although, in terms of completion, the African’s data is better, since he shoots more times per game (3.1 to 2.3) and touches the ball more in the opponent’s area (9 .1 shares for 7.9).

In addition, the Moroccan international also completes more dribbles every 90 minutes (4.1 vs 3.2). However, it is the quality of the actions that tips the balance in favor of Vinicius, who participates in 0.6 expected goals to 0.4 from Abde, making 1.8 key passes to the 1.4 of the rojillo.

Rodrygo vs. Ruben Garcia.

The right wing of Real Madrid and Osasuna bear their names in this Cup. Both have scored twice in the competition and are important weapons in both attacks, although different since Rodrygo is a more unbalancing and vertical winger, which is why he has better numbers in completed dribbles (3.2 vs 0.2), shots (1.8 vs 1.2) and actions in the rival area (6.4 vs 2.3).

However, Rubén García’s figures are superior in creation tasks, having more significance in his team’s game than the Brazilian. The rojillo completes more crosses (0.8 vs. 0.3), makes more passes in the rival area (1.7 vs. 0.6) and participates more in his team’s dangerous actions, with an incidence of 0.7 in expected goals by Rodrygo’s 0.4.

Benzema vs. Kike Garcia.

Pichichi cup bearer against Ballon d’Or. A priori a very unequal duel, but the rojillo striker is curdling one of the best Copas del Rey of his life with five goals, one more than the Frenchman in the competition. In addition, the Osasunista striker has better numbers than the international in shots (3.7 vs. 2.2), actions in the rival area (5.4 vs. 4.7) and expected goals (0.5 vs. 0.3). .

However, Benzema has better figures in the distribution with 86% accuracy in passes compared to 80% for Kike García, with an average of 0.7 key passes compared to 0.4 for the Osasuna striker.

By Lay

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