Toulouse FC, Vincent Sierro’s club, relies everything on statistics – rts.ch

Toulouse FC, Vincent Sierro’s club, relies everything on statistics – rts.ch
Toulouse FC, Vincent Sierro’s club, relies everything on statistics – rts.ch

Today, there is no longer a single club working without relying on statistics, which are omnipresent in football. “With them, we can check everything, physical, technical, tactical datanotes agent Michel Urscheler. It’s extremely advanced. Very expensive programs help clubs target players who can match their needs, their playing philosophy.”

Thus, since it was bought by the American investment fund RedBird Capital Partners in 2020, Toulouse FC has relied on “data” for its recruitment. This is how he went to look for Vincent Sierro a year and a half ago. While he was not a starter at Young Boys, the Valaisan caught the eye of “TéFéCé”, simply because the data indicated to him that the midfielder could blend into the mold and bring a lot to the formation of the pink City. “We have a scientific approachexplains Damien Comolli, the president of the Violets. Statistically, a player makes the cut or doesn’t, but if the stats tell us that we have to go for him, we go for it..”

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And it doesn’t matter whether or not the targeted footballer is a starter where he plays. “If he doesn’t play, or only a little, we think it’s the coach who is wrong, not the stats“, adds the Toulouse boss. Before continuing: “From the moment the statistics tell us something, to make us change our minds, these statistics would have to show us that we must change...”

With Sierro, who has become a centerpiece and captain in Toulouse, as well as a candidate for a call-up to Euro 2024, the French club certainly made no mistake. Also because, on a human level, the Helvetian knew how to blend into the group. Proof despite everything that beyond the data, players are not robots. “A locker room is made up of around thirty different personalities and the goal is that we can all feel good togethernotes the Swiss international. Team cohesion cannot be found with data.”

Subject Mathieu Germanier, in Toulouse (web adaptation: ace)

>> Also read: Vincent Sierro: “I know what I went through, I never gave up”

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