Many fans, especially novices to the game, give undue attention to statistics that tell very little about how well or poorly a side has performed in a match, while ignoring the most important statistical facts which have shown a far better predictor of how teams perform. One of the statistics that mean almost nothing, but are viewed as meaning something, are possessions stats. This World Cup showed how those stats are besides the point. Once the group stage was over, the top 5 teams in terms of possession were: 1- Spain (74%); 2- Germany (72%); 3- Argentina (66%); 4- Brazil (61%); 5- Saudi Arabia (59%) I think we can all agree that most of these teams weren't the best sides in World Cup 2018. In any case, the article below discusses possession football and how it fared in World Cup 2018 in more detail. There are other stats (e.g., shots, shots on goal etc) which are perhaps more telling, but ultimately insufficiently reliable as well. But there is one statistical tool that has shown itself quite reliable, even if not perfect. That tool, taking the name IMPECT from the group that developed it, and using a concept known as "packing" and finding which teams did better going behind the opposing side's defense compared to how many times they allowed the same for the opponent, was first used to explain Brazil's staggering 7:1 loss to Germany in World Cup 2014 where Brazil actually had more possession and shots and even tackles, but was clearly and deservedly whipped badly. That tool was tested again in Euro 2016, where the team with the best IMPECT scores won something like 33 of 36 matches. The article below will introduce you to the concept more. https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/packing-football-statistic-world-cup-england-v-sweden/ Incidentally, if you want to see how the teams rated based on their IMPECT scores after the group stage, here it the chart that would tell you the story. We can still quibble who was better or worse, and who deserved more or less, but the statistical tool that has shown itself most reliable to giving a picture of who is doing better or worse, found the teams rank as shown below based on their 'net' IMPECT score.