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.
The first part of this feature was devoted to facts and figures involving the overall team. Here now are some exciting individual stats for VfL players. Which of the Wolves stood out in which categories? Read on to find out more…
Minutes without conceding a goal – Koen Casteels, first place: At one stage of the season, VfL keeper Koen Casteels went a total of 674 minutes – the equivalent of almost seven-and-a-half Bundesliga matches – without conceding a goal. This incredible spell saw the 28-year-old not only break Simon Jentzsch’s club record from the 2003/04 season (395 minutes) but also take over third place on the all-time Bundesliga rankings, behind only Timo Hildebrandt (885 minutes) and Oliver Kahn (803 minutes).
Duels won – Xaver Schlager, equal third place: The Austrian had a stand-out season and certainly did not shy away from the one-on-ones. As a result, Schlager won 428 duels (a 52.9 per cent success rate) to put him third overall in that particular category, level with former Wolf Daniel Caligiuri, who now plays for Augsburg. The top duel-winners were Stuttgart’s Japanese international Wataru Endo (476) and Bielefeld’s battle-hardened striker Fabian Klos (464).
Top speed – Maxence Lacroix, fourth place: VfL had certainly done their homework when they decided to acquire the services of Maxence Lacroix ahead of the 2020/21 season. The 21-year-old French central defender, who joined the club from French second-tier outfit Sochaux, was consistent, strong in the one-on-ones and always ready to open up play. On top of all that, he was also super quick, with a top speed of 35.75 km/h that put him behind only Jeremiah St. Juste of Mainz (36.1 km/h), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, 36.04 km/h) and Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, 35.97 km/h). Lacroix finished in a strong fourth spot in this particular Bundesliga ranking, while Paulo Otavio (11th, 35.52 km/h) was just outside the top ten.
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Most fouled – Maximilian Arnold: 5th place (62) / First: Amine Harit (Schalke, 79 / second: Lucas Höler (Freiburg, 75) / third: Matheus Cunha (Hertha, 74)
Fouls – Xaver Schlager: Equal 6th place (47) / First: Nicolas Höfler (Freiburg, 68) / second: Christoph Baumgartner (Hoffenheim; 63) / third: Leandro Barreiro (Mainz, 59)
Distance covered – Wout Weghorst: 7th place (364.9 km) / First: Ellyes Shkiri (Köln, 396.2 km) / second: Maximilian Eggestein (Bremen, 388.1 km) / third: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Bremen, 374.5 km), 10. Ridle Baku (351.5 km)
Crosses – Ridle Baku: 8th place (85) / First: Filip Kostic (Frankfurt, 213) / second: Borna Sosa (Stuttgart, 128) / third: Christian Günter (Freiburg, 108)
Penalties taken – Wout Weghorst: 11th place (3 / 2 scored) / First: Robert Lewandowski (9/7) / second: Andre Silva (7/7) / third: Lars Stindl (7 / 6)
Assists – Wout Weghorst: 15th place (8) / First: Thomas Müller (Bayern, 18) / second: Filip Kostic (Frankfurt, 14) / third: Daichi Kamada (Frankfurt, 12)
Pass efficiency– Maximilian Arnold: 24th (87.43 per cent): First: Nico Elvedi (Gladbach, 94.09 per cent) / second: Manuel Akanji (Dortmund, 93.53 per cent) / third: Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen, 92.61 per cent)
A celebration in statistics: part one