Champions League Quarter-final Clash – Part 2

Champions League Quarter-final Clash – Part 2

Aug 13, 2020 | Champions League, News

Yesterday PSG came out victorious in their bout with Atalanta in an exciting 2-1 match. Tonight we will see if Leipzig will be able to do the same to Atlético, or if the Spanish squad will come out on top. But what about the stats for the latter half of the quarter-finalists? Both Friday and Saturday feature exciting matches, with Barcelona being pitted against Bayern and Man. City against OL. As we did before, ORTEC Sports gathered the stats of these four quarter-finalists’ Champions League performance so far to compare.

Barcelona

Barcelona played strong in the group stage and continued to advance through the ranks as the Champions League went on. Although their match with Napoli required a comeback, they have proven that they are not to be trifled with, and their match isn’t over until the final whistle blows. So far Barcelona defended its goal splendidly, with only 0.8 goals against them on average, where they tend to save 82% of attempts on their goal. Barcelona’s offensive stats do not look shabby either. Although they have only scored 1.6 goals per match on average, they win a very impressive 48.2% of their attacking duels, creating a lot of pressure once they go on the offensive.

Bayern München

So far, this season Bundesliga winners have been dominating its opponents in the Champions League. Their most impressive statistic compared to the rest is their average goal count with almost 4 goals per match. This, combined with just under 10 goal attempts on target and 15.3 key passes makes it clear Bayern knows how to find openings, create chances, and how to finish them. As if that did not make them scary enough as opponents, they managed to take control of the game with 66% possession and defused the opponents’ attempts at anything though 67% successful defensive duels. In its current form, Bayern is a force to be reckoned with if they are allowed to play their game.

Man. City

They might seem lackluster after having seen the stats of a very dominant Bayern, but make no mistake; City can not be underestimated. Both their passing game at 89% successful passes and their average possession time at 36.0 are comparable to Bayerns performance so far and is indicative of their high tempo possession focussed play. They rank third in goals per match over this season’s entire Champions League with 2.5 goals per match and have on average allowed only 0.8 goals against them. If they can ride the momentum gained by their victory over Real Madrid, City might just make it to the finals.

Olympique Lyonnais

OL got this far after an impressive win against this season Serie A champions: Juventus. On paper they might seem to be the weakest team of this batch of four, however, they should not be counted out yet. Their next opponent, City, Lost four points to Lyon last season in the group stage. This season, OL has scored about 1/3rd of its goal attempts on target, which is comparable to Barcelona’s track record in this aspect. They furthermore score second in this batch in terms of defensive duels won with 58.5%. As long as Lyon plays to their strengths and can execute their own game they should not be dismissed.

Stat per 90 minutes played

Barcelona

Bayern

Man. City

Olympique Lyonnais

Completed passes %

88%

88%

89%

82%

Key passes

8.1

15.3

11.8

7.5

Possession time

34.0

37.5

36.0

27.3

Possession %

57%

66%

61%

48%

Goal attempts on target

4.6

9.8

6.8

4.0

Goals

1.6

3.9

2.5

1.4

Defensive duels won %

58.2%

67.1%

58.5%

61.6%

Attacking duels won %

48.2%

42.6%

44.4%

41.7%

Saves %

82%

74%

73%

58%

Goals against

0.8

0.8

0.8

1.3

Tackles

6.1

3.3

1.6

3.6