I don’t have the answer to that question but here’s what my early tea-leaves look like when viewing Possession with Purpose.
Unlike Major League Soccer – parity isn’t present when it comes to this competition.
If you’re a betting person it’s likely one of those top three teams (Brazil, Mexico, or Argentina) are going to win this tournament… provided higher levels of possession and penetration result in more goals scored.
On the other hand – if you’re thinking a team who cedes possession has a chance – then teams like Peru, Colombia, or the United States might finish up top.
The other two odd ones are Venezuela and Chile…
In looking at the overall statistics note that Composite TSR has a lower correlation to points earned than PWP – the point here is that shots, alone, do not tell the story…
Like the European Champions League, Men’s World Cup 2014, Women’s Cup 2015, English Premier League, Bundesliga, and La Liga, total shots do not tell the appropriate story.
The same cannot be said for Major League Soccer – at least not this year…
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