The recent 2020/21 season saw VfL finish in an incredible fourth place in the table, qualifying them for the UEFA Champions League in the process. In a two-part review, we look back at some of the interesting statistics from the Bundesliga season from a VfL perspective.
Intensive runs and sprints, first place: The Wolves led the way when it came to intensive runs (over 21 km/h) and sprints (over 24 km/h), topping the table in both categories. The Green-and-Whites recorded 26,287 intensive runs, putting them ahead of Mainz (25,590) and Leverkusen (25,435). No team could match them either for sprints, with Wolfsburg coming in ahead of Bayern (8,236) and VfB Stuttgart (8,180).
Pass prevention and ball-winning, first and second place: The Wolves were incredibly efficient in terms of defending attacks and exerting pressure, with 386 opposition passes being picked up by the Green-and-Whites – again, top of the class! Second in this category were champions Bayern, who had a “mere” 313 pass preventions. With 14 ball recoveries per match, the Wolves were second in the interceptions category: only Mainz came out ahead of them (14.7).
Defensive work, second place: The Green-and-Whites’ solidity at the back was without a doubt one of the keys to the team’s success. VfL conceded a mere 37 goals, second only to RB Leipzig (32), with Leverkusen (39 goals conceded) rounding out the podium in this category.
Attacking prowess, fifth place: Up front, the Wolves were also very much worthy of the European berth that they earned. Their 61 goals were fifth-most in the league, with champions Bayern running away with this category and coming up just one goal short of the magic century mark. Also ahead of the Wolves were BVB (75 goals scored), Eintracht Frankfurt (69) and Gladbach (64) – the former duo also qualifying for European football next season.
Possession, sixth place: With 52 per cent possession, the Green-and-Whites were the sixth-best team in the league in this respect. Unsurprisingly, this was again an area of the game where Bayern dominated, dictating play on the back of 59 per cent possession. Dortmund and Leverkusen were not far behind (57 per cent).
More VfL team rankings
- Aerial supremacy: 9th place (736 aerial duels won) / First: Bielefeld (896), second: Leipzig (813), third: Bremen (797), last: Bayern (570)
- Fewest fouls: 11th place (412) / First: Bayern (303), second: Dortmund (341), third: Augsburg (361), last: Mainz (479)
- Passing accuracy: 12th place (80.7 per cent) / First: Dortmund (87.2 per cent), second: Bayern (87 per cent), third: Leverkusen (86 per cent), last: Mainz (75.5 per cent)
- Distance covered: 12th place (3,958.2 kilometres / First: Union (4,089.1 km), second: Bielefeld (4,057.3 km), third: Augsburg (4,027.7 km), last: Bayern (3,891.4)
- Penalties won: Equal 15th place (3) / First: Gladbach (11), equal second: Bayern and Leipzig (10), last: Bielefeld (2)
- Penalty conversion rate: 14th place (66.7%, 2 of 3 scored) / First: Frankfurt (100%, 8 of 8), second: Freiburg (100%, 6 of 6).
Part two to follow in the coming days.