Thanks to my lovely lady, who intervened and pointed out a glaring typo, what turned out to be extraordinarily simple problems with my KRS spreadsheet has been fixed. And that means, besides more eye-rolling on her part, that you, dearest reader, get your final KRS fix of the year. In previous editions we’ve talked mainly about who was the best and who was the worst and that format won’t differ particularly for this one, but let’s start with what will not be included.
Because Kevin wasn’t the reviewer for every match last season (how dare he!?), KRS does not cover the Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid, or Osasuna home league matches; the Zaragoza and Mallorca away matches; or the last 3 CL matches against Inter (home group, and semis). The rest of the matches are included.
When I mention team ratings, I’m not including the Team or Guardiola ratings because they weren’t on the field. You can run those numbers yourself if you’d like to include them. I bite my thumb at you.
Kevin gave Valdes the Player of the Year award in his season wrap post, but Vic garnered just a 7.30 average and a median score of 7 throughout the year. Of course, he appeared in more matches (46) than all but Xavi (47) and Messi (46), but hey, whatever, Eric Abidal earned a 7.93 average and a median of 8, making him the KRS player of the year. Congrats, Le Greyhound! Abidal appeared in 27 KRS rated matches, so it’s a bit of a stretch to call him the KRS PotY, but hey, whatever, the numbers are the numbers. Valdes was second, though, so Kevin can hang his hat on that. And it’s quite a hat.
The overall team average for all competitions was 6.45 and the median score was 7. The following players earned better than the team average:
Abidal, Eric: 7.93avg, 8med, 27apps
Valdes, Victor: 7.30, 7, 46
Xavi: 7.09, 7, 47
Keita, Seydou: 7.09, 7, 33
Toure Yaya: 6.97, 7, 30
Messi, Lionel: 6.85, 7, 46
Puyol, Carles: 6.83, 7, 42
Pique, Gerard: 6.67, 7, 42
Milito, Gabriel: 6.64, 7, 11
Alves, Dani: 6.53, 7, 40
The following players are included in the global average, but aren’t really worthy of being included in the list above thanks to lack of appearances:
Bartra, Marc: 7.00, 7, 1
Pinto, Jose Manuel: 6.50, 6.5, 2
Alcantara, Thiago: 6.50, 6.5, 2
The following players earned worse than the team average:
Iniesta, Andres: 6.35, 6, 34
Pedro: 6.20, 6, 40
Busquets, Sergio: 6.15, 6, 39
[Update] Ibrahimovic: 5.89, 6, 37
Maxwell: 5.69, 6, 29
Chygrynskiy, Dmytro: 5.50, 5, 12
Henry, Thierry: 5.46, 5.5, 26
Suarez, Jeffren: 5.20, 5, 10
Marquez, Rafael: 4.95, 5, 21
Krkic, Bojan: 4.76, 4, 25
The following players are included in the global average, but aren’t really, uh, worthy of being included in the list above thanks to lack of appearances:
Dos Santos, Jonathan: 6.00, 6, 4
Fontas, Andreu: 6.00, 6, 1
Assulin, Gai: 5.00, 5, 1
Most of you are probably surprised to see Iniesta in the list of underperformers, again, the numbers don’t lie. Milito’s inclusion in the above average group is also somewhat surprising, but thinking back on it, that’s a pretty fair assessment of his second half performances. That’s just me avoiding saying that the worst player of the year award goes to Bojan Krkic. Colon open parentheses. Poor kid and stupid truth-telling numbers.
These are cumulative numbers, of course, so let’s see if Mr. Krkic does better if you isolate it to La Liga (global average 6.57; median 7):
PotY: Abidal (8.27, 8, 15). Runner up: Keita (7.59, 7, 22)
WPotY: Jeffren (4.50, 5, 6) or if a minimum of 10 apps, Bojan (4.76, 4, 17). Runner up: Bojan or Marquez (5.07, 5, 14)
For Champions League (global average 6.11; median 6):
PotY: Krkic!!!! (8.00, 8, 1)…but with a minimum app count of 3: Abidal (7.83, 8, 6). Runner up: Xavi (7.38, 8, 8)
WPotY: Henry (3.60, 4, 5). Runner up: Marquez (4.00, 3, 3). That one’s weird because Marquez’s median is lower than Henry’s…hmm…
Let’s quickly compare the Team rating with the team’s average (the average of all the individual ratings):
Overall, the team got a 6.27 average rating and a median score of 6. As previously noted, the global average of the player ratings was 6.45 with a median score of 7. That’s really close, actually, so that’s cool. In La Liga, the Team rating was 6.27 (weeeiiiird) and the median was 6 while the overall player averages came out to 6.57 with a median of 7. In the Champions League, the Team rating was 6.67, median 6 while the overall numbers were 6.11, median 6. I would have guess that the Copa’s 4 matches would have produced the least variance between the Team rating (5.75, median 6) and the overall (5.96, median 6), but I would have been wrong by .03. Noooo, damn you, decimal points! You have come back to haunt me! The Champions League, you should note, is the only competition where the average of the player ratings was lower than the average Team rating.
Were we better at home or away? Well, I ran the Home vs Away numbers in La Liga and came up with this:
Home: 6.71, median 7
Away: 6.40, median 7
So apparently we’re better at home, but not by much. So, what about our best and worst games?
Best Game: 0-2 defeat of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Our rating? A stellar 8.69, median 9. Runner up? Our hosting of Getafe (2-1) in which we garnered a 7.92, median 8 .
Worst Game: Our 0-0 draw at Espanyol in which we earned a 4.29, median 4. Runner up: Our only loss of the season, at Atletico Madrid (2-1) in which we earned a 4.38, median 5.
So there you go, folks. Adieu for now, mes amis.
[Update] PS I’m starting my film festival tonight, so that will be taking up a lot of my time this week. Expect some reviews starting tomorrow, barring some strange glitches. Tonight’s film is Fifteen Minutes That Shook the World, directed by David Kirby.