Qualitative strengthening. It is not necessary “Zenith” Noboa was the best in Sochi


“Sochi” the most difficult match kept goalless draw on the field of CSKA. Yes, this result is a merit of all defence led by goalkeeper Soslan by Panaevym. But the numbers say that the most valuable in the protection of Sochi’s midfielder Christian Noboa.

Build failed

The first half was good, second a little worse. But in General we looked better than CSKA. Keep progressing, to become better and better, said Noboa in an interview with “Sport-Express”.

The midfielder, of course, disingenuous. CSKA has surpassed “Sochi” on all counts, except the bill. Guests for the entire match struck just one shot on target, although the dangerous moments had.

But the point is that Ecuadorians took time to build. Alexander Tochilin hoped that “Noboa adds “Sochi” moments, which was missing in previous games.” However, in this meeting, to Express themselves in attack the newcomer had no chance. He didn’t cause any impact, did not make any key handover and, in General, gave only seven accurate passes in the opposition half of the field.

The best protection

But in defensive actions Noboa was the best. He regularly clung to the ball, which allowed residents to earn three penalty kicks and win the time, and was constantly engaged in combat (19 times, with 63% success rate). This is the best indicator of both teams.

Noboa has surpassed the rest of the selections (7) and steals (4). Great numbers had to pass the ball from their penalty area (5) and rebounds (7). While his partner in midfield Dusan Lagator never intercepted the ball and made fewer selections (5) and offsets (3).

A new challenge

Sergei Semak trying to build Noboa in the game of the St. Petersburg team. In the past the championship of Russia midfielder 11 times out on the field, and on 6 July from the first minute he played for the super Cup against “Locomotive”. But to convince the coaching staff he failed.

In “Zenith” the competition in midfield is crazy. There can play Wilmar Barrios, Alexander Erokhin, Daler Kuzyaev, Magomed Ozdoev and even young Leon Musaev. Noboa, probably, and he knew that he was doomed to the bench. Needed a new challenge. So the transition in “Sochi” is supposed to benefit both himself and the club.

Качественное усиление. Как не нужный «Зениту» Нобоа стал лучшим в «Сочи»

Christian Noboa and Wilmar Barrios / Photo: © FC “Zenit”

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