Champions League Quarter-final Clash – Part 1

Champions League Quarter-final Clash – Part 1

Aug 11, 2020 | Champions League, News

Tomorrow the Champions League quarterfinals will kick off with Atalanta VS PSG, followed by RB Leipzig VS Atlético, Barcelona VS Bayern, and Man City VS Lyon. But how have these eight teams been faring so far?  ORTEC Sports has analyzed the data of the Champions League so far as to give you an overview of the first half of the quarterfinalists’ strengths and weaknesses. 

Atalanta Bergamo 

Atalanta has been performing well in the Champions League so far. Although they never take first in any of our highlighted stats, they never fall far behind the other teams(with some exceptions), and especially in their offensive stats like goals, attempts on target, and attacking duels won they stay highly competitive. Atalanta does suffer in terms of percentage of goal attempts saved, winning defensive duels, and their average possession time and percentage. If they manage to improve in those areas, Atalanta will be a force to be reckoned with that might just make it very far in this Champions League. 

Paris Saint Germain 

PSG has been off to a strong start this Champions League. They beat Dortmund with an aggregated score of 3-2, pulling it back in the last match with 2-0 against the German team. In their stats, this is reflected in their strong passing game and ability to look for open spaces. They completed 88% of their passes so far and won 42.1% of their attacking duels. This freedom on the field allowed them to score an average of 2.5 goals per game, making their offense a force to be reckoned with. However, if that was not enough, the gentlemen from PSG also have the highest save percentage, and the least goals against them with only 0.5 goals average per match or 1 goal against every 2 matches.  

RB Leipzig 

Of these four quarter-finalists, RB Leipzig has been proving themselves as kings of the control game. They have both the highest average possession time namely 32.4 minutes per game, as well as the highest possession percentage with 58%. They furthermore have more goal attempts on target than the competition at 5.6 attempts per match, making them an opponent against which you can not let up your defense for even a second. They are, together with Atlético Madrid, the least aggressive tacklers of this batch as well, which might be owed due to their high possession creating less need for such aggression. 

Atlético Madrid 

As mentioned, Atlético ties for the least amount of tackle together with Leipzig. On the other hand, Atlético has the highest % of won defensive duels. This strong defense together with a save percentage of 75% explains why they have had the second least goals scored against them averaging only 0.9 goals against them per match. They score lowest on their possession percentage, and are very close to the bottom in their possession time, but this is explained by a difference in playstyle, as Atlético plays less for possession and more defensively, waiting to regaining possession and creating chances. 

 

Stat per 90 minutes played 

Atalanta Bergamo 

Paris Saint Germain 

RB Leipzig 

Atlético Madrid 

Completed passes % 

83% 

88% 

84% 

81% 

Key passes 

7.8 

7.4 

10.0 

8.0 

Possession time 

25.1 

29.5 

 32.4  

25.6  

Possession % 

48% 

52% 

58% 

46% 

Goal attempts on target 

5.3 

5.3 

5.6 

5.3 

Goals 

2.0 

2.5 

1.8 

1.5 

Defensive duels won % 

58.5% 

59.9% 

58.8% 

65.7% 

Attacking duels won % 

41.5% 

42.1% 

39.8% 

39.3% 

Saves % 

61% 

80% 

76% 

75% 

Goals against 

2.0 

0.5 

1.0 

0.9 

Tackles 

4.1 

7.1  

3.9 

3.9