Perhaps Walter Mazzarri is taking the phrase ‘possession is nine tenths of the law’ a little too seriously.
Yes, his Torino side dominated the ball in both legs of their Europa League qualifying clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers, tallying 63 per cent of possession in Italy and 58 per cent at Molineux on Thursday night.
But, to put it simply, what is the use of having the ball if you’re not going to do anything with it? While Torino pressed and probed in the final third, Wolves were rapid and ruthless at the other end, hitting the Italians on the counter again and again and scoring fives times over the two legs to seal their place in the group stage.
Perhaps that was Nuno Espirito Santo’s plan all along; let Torino have the ball, lull them into a false sense of security and use the rapid speed of Diogo Jota, Ruben Vinagre and Adama Traore to wreak havoc on the break.
"We beat them in every statistic except goals scored," said former Watford, Napoli and Inter Milan coach Mazzarri after a 2-1 defeat in the Black Country, as reported by WolvesBite. "We had more possession and passes. This is data we cannot underestimate."
Now you can’t make claims like this and expect the opposition fans on social media to feel sympathetic.
I can't believe wolves didn't win the league last year if I'm honest.— ΛDΛM ◣ ◢ (@Findingnuno) August 29, 2019
We beat the 6 clubs above us on everything but points and goal difference.
This is data we cannot underestimate.
Erm how do I break this to you Walter— Kevin Rogers (@Kevin_Paycare) August 29, 2019
The only stat that puts you into the group stages
Job saving talk that.— Hairbear (@hairbear67) August 29, 2019
Only stat that matters is goals chum!— Jo Francis (@jolenedog) August 30, 2019
I would’ve won the lottery but had all the wrong numbers. Fool!— Mike King (@GlosterBirder) August 29, 2019
That really doesn't matter cus we got adama and he murdered you both games— steven hudson (@stevenhudson2) August 29, 2019
The Steve Bruce of Italy— Steve (@steveshorter) August 30, 2019
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