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Pollo Briseño's outstanding semester, in numbers.

15/04/2024 14:24 / Enrique Noriega

If there is something that distinguishes our beloved Antonio Briseño, it is his outstanding aerial game, as he is a guarantee every time he has to defend the area and make a personal mark on tall opponents. The 'Pollo' not only takes advantage of his physical strength to impose himself, but he has also combined it with his technique, aggressiveness and good timing.

His great individual moment has caused an echo and he has even just been recognized by CIES Football, a Swiss portal dedicated to statistics, as the third-best central defender in the world in aerial play in the last 365 days, only behind Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool and Axel Zagadou of Stuttgart.

The Chivas center-back's numbers are brutal in this aspect, as he wins 89.4% of the aerial duels he plays. Just as you read it, the 4 of the Rebaño win an average of 9 out of 10 balls in the air, regardless of the opponent.

Briseño's evolution in several aspects of the game must be recognized. He has always been a central defender who tends to win duels in the air, but over time he has perfected his technique and has made a leap in quality in this aspect. Such is his impact that he not only adds up in defensive duties, but he is also the player who has scored the most headed goals so far in the Clausura 2024 with 2.

The TOP 10 defenders in aerial play worldwide
1. Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool (92.3%)
2. Axel Zagadou, Stuttgart (90.6%)
3. ANTONIO BRISEÑO, Chivas (89.4%)
4. Matthijs de Ligt, Bayern Munich (88.1%)
5. Marc-Oliver Kempf, Hertha Berlin (87.9%)
6. Henrique Trevisan, FC Tokyo (87.8%)
7. Joaquim Henrique, Santos FC (87.7%)
Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle (87.6%) 9.
9. WIllyan Rocha, CSKA Moscow (87.6%)
Joel Matip, Liverpool (87.5%) 10.

The numbers of 'Pollo' Briseño in the CL24:
- 14 games played
- 795 minutes played
- 71 balls recovered
- 31 headers in own area
- 11 headers in the opponent's area
- 74 rebounds
- 1 assist
- 2 goals


Position Teams Matches Points
5 17 31
6 17 31
7 17 29
8 17 27
9 17 27

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