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“Pepper on the tongue.”  Numbers that deny Di Maria's discount theory

“Pepper on the tongue.” Numbers that deny Di Maria's discount theory

Hey On Sunday, Benfica tied 2-2 at the Afonso Henriques Stadium, against Vitoria, in a duel related to the 21st round of the First League. A match that included six minutes of compensation and sparked a lot of criticism from Di Maria.

“It's like we always say, we played against everything and everyone, the goalkeeper and the players lost a lot of time, we had six minutes of stoppage time, Porto and Sporting have 10 and 11, but this year it is like that and we have to continue working on my own.” , shed light on the Argentine international in a quick interview with Sport TV+. These statements could now lead to severe punishment for the Eagles. With APAF already filing a complaint against the current world champion.

Hey Sports per minute I decided to find out if Di Maria was right about what he said so strongly or not. In reality, this does not happen. The Argentine lied. In 21 rounds, Benfica benefited from 10 or more minutes from the opponent in seven matchesactually FC Porto have enjoyed such an extended period on only five occasions. In this chapter, Sporting received double-digit discounts in only three cases.

Regarding the total discounts announced at the end of each match,… FC Porto is the team with the most minutes (176)Ten goals behind Benfica. Sporting, once again, despite having one match less on the calendar (against Famalicao), have 25 minutes less extra time than Roger Schmidt's men and 35 minutes less than Sergio Conceição's men.

If we cancel the discounts on the big three, what will happen? Will Benfica benefit? Not close, not far. The Eagles will end up hurt. Benfica will finish second on 48 points, four below the current standings, five points behind leaders Sporting (who will pick up one extra point, with the aggravating factor that they still have one game to play).

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In turn, Porto will be in fourth place with 37 points, eight points behind the current classification. In other words… they will be 16 points behind the Lions of Amorim.

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