The game on Saturday had many talking points – the performances of Ozil and Ramsey, the defending by Koscielny, and the chances missed by Theo.
In the first half, Mesut Ozil played a quite simply sublime through ball into the path of Theo, who shot straight at the goalkeeper. He also had a headed chance (but we know heading isn’t his strength) and two other good opportunities.
It’s an old cliche but at least he is making the right runs and getting into positions to score. While the ball from Ozil was beautiful, it can only be made if Theo makes the right runs.
And in terms of taking chances, we know Theo has improved his finishing greatly over the last 4/5 seasons and you could put Saturday down to a bad day.
If you’ve ever watched Real Madrid with Ozil in the team (or any YouTube clip with Ozil’s assists) you will see that Ronaldo misses a lot of chances. He is a great player, someone who scores a ridiculous amount of goals (in a 2 team league though, it must be mentioned) but he also takes a ridiculous amount of shots.
If you look at the Goals to Shots ratio of the world’s top forwards, then you will see that it is not as impressive as you would think:
Lionel Messi – 27.9%
Cristiano Ronaldo – 12.8 %
Radamel Falcao – 28.6%
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 20.4%
Robin van Persie – 21.4%
Edinson Cavani – 22.1%
Luis Suarez – 12.4%
And if you watch this YouTube video of Ozil’s assists, you will see that the German playmaker literally puts chances on a plate for Ronaldo with an impressive amount of tap ins from close range.
So Theo isn’t as wasteful as people think. His shots to goals ratio last season was actually 23%.