PSG club captain Marquinhos is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a defender in Ligue 1 and for the Brazil national team. He is primarily a centre-back, but he can also play right-back or defensive midfielder. The team finds itself in rough waters as they face back-to-back defeats in all competitions. The club captain needs to lead from the back and make sure the team sticks together and gives it his best on the pitch. Marquinhos has been in fine form as usual and has shown many why he deserves to lead from the back. His heroics in defence have often been crucial in helping the team sail through, and he has plenty of experience on the pitch. We now look at his stats for PSG in Ligue 1 over the past season.
Marquinhos in 2022/23
The captain usually plays as a right centre-back, but on occasion, he can also slot in as the right-back or the left centre-back. The viz above shows the percentile rank of the player’s stats compared to other centre-backs in Ligue 1 in 2022/23. He has played 22 matches and ranks in the top 60.3 percentile for aerial duels won per 90 minutes and in the top 85.7 percentile for defensive duels won. Other areas where the player does well include accurate passes per 90 and dangerous passes per 90.
Performance in 2021/22
Marquinhos played a total of 32 matches for PSG in 2021-22. It can be seen that he performed well in the department of maintaining possession as well as contributing heavily to the attack. He was also in much better form in terms of making dribbles and providing more accuracy in terms of passing and possession stats. He has shown major improvement in terms of defensive performance and has improved significantly in terms of defensive duels won.
As a centre-back, Marquinhos’ defensive gameplay is on top of the game. From the viz above we can see that his average position along the defensive line is well within his own half. He has made more than 80% of his interceptions inside his own box, which has been crucial for his team on numerous occasions. The player makes 8.35 recoveries and 3.92 interceptions per match. Furthermore, he contests 4.29 defensive duels with a win rate of 73.1%. As for aerial duels, the centre-back contests 2.4 per match with a 50% win rate.
He has a shot block xG of 2.04 and has blocked 14 shots. Most of his blocks have come from inside the box, but some are also outside the box. He averages 1.38 clearances per 90 minutes. The centre-back makes maximum tackles in the defensive third, in and around the box.
High pressing tendencies
The above viz represents the overall high regains made by Marquinhos for PSG in Ligue 1 in 2022/23. It can be seen that the player makes movements up the pitch in order to put pressure on the opposition. As a centre-back, the Brazilian has made 13 counter-pressing recoveries in the middle and final third of the field. Additionally, he has made four high regains and a dangerous recovery for PSG this season.
The above viz is a representation of the passes made by the player. It can be seen that most of his work rate is again on the right side of the defence and in the middle third of the pitch. The player makes 65.68 passes per 90 with a high 95.5% accuracy. Additionally, he makes 4.34 passes into the final third on average. Marquinhos makes 19.89 forward passes with 91.4% accuracy per 90 minutes. He possesses fine passing ability in terms of passes attempted and pass accuracy. As a man with plenty of experience in the back, the Brazilian provides a reliable option in defence and frequently demonstrates maturity on the field by leading the backline. He makes progressive passes as well and makes contributions by making central and through passes to the midfielders near the half-line.
The French Champions have had a rough start to 2023 in Ligue 1, but after being deemed favourites to go all the way at the beginning of the season, the team finds itself in a familiar position. No one is sure whom to blame for such a situation in the club, but the ones who wear the boots are always aware that it all comes down to giving it all in the 90 minutes on the pitch. Similarly, at France’s capital club, the leader of the pack is attempting to keep the team together from the back. Marquinhos will need to bring the pack together in order to ensure more wins. He has been a huge influence in the back and has constantly shown his impressive defensive abilities for PSG on the pitch.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine