Professionals | 11/03/2019

A look at the stats

Five reasons for the win against Arminia

With the 5:1 win over Arminia Bielefeld, 1. FC Köln didn’t just secure their fourth win in a row but also delivered one of their best performances this season. Here’s a statistical look at the game.

Precise passing

One of the main reasons for the impressive FC showing against Arminia Bielefeld, was the almost perfect passing. At 91.1%, FC registered a season-best and only HSV (91.8%) could muster up a better total this season. In comparison to the rest of the league, the average pass success rate is 73.3%. The back three of Jonas Hector, Jorge Meré and Lasse Sobiech were especially dominant. The three had the most ball contact of all the players on the pitch (335 in total, 45% of all FC ball contact) and the best pass success rate (overall 96.7%). In the build-up were plenty of short passes, but what followed were long balls forward into the strikers from the defence.

Strong defensive midfield

The aforementioned long balls from midfield came mostly from Marco Höger and Johannes Geis – for example, the opening goal (Höger to Drexler), the fourth goal (Geis to Clemens) and the clearance off the line from Anderson Lucoqui (Höger to Drexler). It was the first time that Höger and Geis started together in the defensive midfield role; a smart move from Markus Anfang and the coaching staff. Höger and Geis shared their roles and responsibilities throughout, allowing one or the other to dictate play and the other to be the true holding player. That allowed Bielefeld little chance through the middle. Höger set up one goal, while Geis laid on two. Geis was also the FC player that covered the most ground (11.7km), Höger went into the third most challenges (18). They both used the wings regularly as well, with Christian Clemens tallying up the most sprints (33 and 34) on the pitch.

Excellent Terodde

With his three goals against Arminia, Simon Terodde took his tally for goals this season up to 26 – that’s more goals than Fürth, Duisburg, Ingolstadt and Sandhausen have as teams. In total, Terodde has played 48 times for FC and scored 36 goals. Terodde’s current goal to game ratio is 0.75, which is the best in club history – ahead of legends Christian Müller (0.72), Dieter Müller (0.71) or Hans Schäfer (0.6). Of course, they played more games for FC over a longer period of time across various competitions. Just as a note: Anthony Modeste had a goals per game ratio of 0.63 (78 games/48 goals) and is currently the eighth best in FC history.

Dangerous set-pieces

Two of the three Terodde goals on Saturday came from Johannes Geis corners. Overall, the FC set-pieces against Arminia were more than dangerous – 57% found their target, almost double the league average of 29%. 1. FC Köln have managed 17 goals from set-pieces this season, more than any other team in the league.

Battle in the air

FC managed to neutralise Arminia’s main strength on Saturday, which is their aerial ability. No team in the league have won as many aerial duels as Arminia – 32 per game. Against FC, Arminia were only able to win 18 – with FC also coming out on top 18 times. While Fabian Klos won the most headers on the pitch (4) it was half of what he normally comes away with, giving FC room to work with without his threat in the air.

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
1 1. FC Köln 63
2 SC Paderborn 07 57
3 1. FC Union Berlin 57