Bayern München crowned themselves champions in the Champions League last Sunday. After a dominating performance the entire League they finished up with a 1-0 victory against PSG. Now that the Champions League of 2019/2020 ended, ORTEC Sports decided to take a look at the stats over the entire League and create a Team of the League to highlight the best performing players this Champions League.
This Team of the League consists on the best performing players using ORTEC Sports Player Performance Score (PPS for short). This score is calculated by an algorithm using the relative performance of the players over several stats including (but not limited to) statistics like: passes, completed passes (%), Shots on target, defensive duels won (%) and possession regain in play. This results in a score ranging from 1 to 10, where higher scores are better than lower ones.
To qualify a player must have played a minimum of 4 matches in the Champions League, and they will be noted under the team they represented during the League, even if they have since transferred.
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– The team with most players on the Team of the League is, unsurprisingly, Bayern with 4 players.
– The best scoring player this week is Robert Lewandowski of Bayern, with and impressive PPS of 9,4, stemming from his high goal involvement during the league. Lewandowski did an average of 3.1 shots on target per match and was involved with 2.6 goals per match. With a total of 15 goals scored over the league he is way ahead of the second highest scorer Haaland, who scored 10 times this League.
– Both Tiago and Gnarby have the second highest goal involvement after Lewandowski. They were involved in 2 goals per match on average. Of these, Gnarby scored a total of 9 goals himself while Tiago scored 0. In contrast Tiago assisted more often, combining his key actions and assists per match to achieve his goal involvement.
– Hakim Ziyech played most of his matches in the Champions League as a right winger, however since he also regularly plays as an offensive midfielder he has been placed as attacking center mid for an more offensive setup, with Gnabry and Neymar in the wings.
– Virgil van Dijk owes his spot to being an impassable barrier for the enemy team. On average van Dijk engaged in 7 defensive duels per match, and he won 88% of all defensive duels he engaged in. Both him and Sven Bender regained possession in play 12.5 times per match.
– If you just regained possession and you are looking for a player to pass to, Toni Kroos is your man. On average Kroos received the highest amount of first passes in possession with 14,7, showing his ability to find open space. He then proceeded to complete 94% of his passes, on average making 44,5 forward passes per match, making him a build-up machine.
– Manuel Neuer was chosen as the Goalkeeper of the Team. With a save % of 77% and a surprising average goal involvement at 1 per match Neuer has proven to be the Goalkeeper for the job this Champions League.
ORTEC Sports Tactic Tree
The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.
Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.