Passing game brings glory at Anoeta: FC Barcelona completed 969 of their 1058 pass attempts

Iniesta was on fine form at Anoeta. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
FC Barcelona completed 969 of their 1058 pass attempts against Real Sociedad (91.5%)

Barça’s passing game was at its brilliant best on Wednesday night at Anoeta. They reached the Cup Final on the back of an astonishing 72% of the possession against Real Sociedad, while also completing 969 of their massive 1058 pass attempts (91.5%). Real completed 266 of their mere 362 passes (71.5%). Here we look at some other stats from the game.

Midfielders Busquets, Xavi, Cesc, Iniesta and Song completed 490 of their 518 pass attempts at Anoeta, i.e. 94.5%.

It was only the second time this season that Martino fielded Busquets, Xavi, Cesc, Iniesta and Messi together. The other occasion was against Real Madrid in the league.

Over the two legs, Barça completed 1,776 passes and shot 37 times, while Real made 423 passes and had 8 shots.

Busquets and Piqué won the most balls last night (11).

Messi is now the top goalscorer in the Spanish Cup 2013/14, with 5 goals.

The two finalists, Barça and Real Madrid, have both won seven games and drawn one en route to the final.

Barça v Real Madrid will now equal Barça v Athletic Bilbao as the most repeated final pairing, with seven editions each.