Technological advancements have made training in modern football a whole new game.
The rising importance of data analysis in performance enhancement has given birth to a whole new world of metrics and statistics that help the coaching staff, but also provide great anecdotes to fans and pundits.
Today on Catalunya Radio’s podcast Barça Reservat, the panel tracked down GPS data and found out Barcelona’s five fastest players this season, and while some are fairly obvious, there are a few surprises in there.
The figures collected by the device included top speed, fatigue, heart rate etc.
Balde leads the charts
Based on the eye test alone, it is no surprise that Alejandro Balde is the fastest player in the squad for the Catalans.
The 20-year-old’s remarkable rise has been thanks, in no small part, to the left-back’s incredible pace, which helps him wreak havoc on opposition defences down the left flank, and also recover very well defensively.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came in second place, with Ronald Araujo clocking in the second-fastest speed.
We all knew the Uruguayan is an immense athlete and a powerful runner, but to be faster than Ferran Torres and Raphinha in spots three and four respectively, is quite impressive.
It was also discussed on the podcast that Raphinha was the player who has recorded the most sprints so far this campaign, and in the match against Sevilla before he went off injured, he made 20 sprints in the 37 minutes he played.
At number five was another centre-back Jules Kounde, which is also a surprise even though we know he is relatively fast for a centre-back.