Team of the League – Champions League Group stages midpoint

Team of the League – Champions League Group stages midpoint

Nov 9, 2020 | Champions League, News, Team of the Week

The international football break has started, giving us some time to look at the stats of the leagues so far. For this weeks Team of the Week, ORTEC Sports looked at the average stats of the Champions League group stages so far, providing more of a Team of the League (so far).

For this week’s Team of the League, we look at the players who managed to receive the most first passes in possession on average based on our build-up statistics. That means that these players found themselves the most open space of the field, allowing them to be an optimal place to re-start the offensive.

To qualify for the Team the players had to have played at least 2 games in the Champions League group stages so far.

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– The Team does not feature any players from the same squad twice, making it a very diverse Team of the League.

– The best scoring player this week is Manchester United’s Nemanja Matić, with 14,5 first passes received per match.

– The Goalkeeper spot this week is taken by Keylor Navas from PSG with 12.3 first passes received on average per match. For a keeper this is less a measure of how often they are free to receive the ball, however it does show how much faith Navas receives to find the right position to start the offensive.

– Another stat we can focus on is who made the most first passes in possession. In that case the Team of the League player Manuel Akanji comes out on top, with 18 first passes on average.

Looking over the League so far, the following players have received the most first passes in possession in absolute numbers:





Completed passes opponent half

Lucas Hernandez

Bayern München



Edin Visca

Istanbul Başakşehir




Olympiakos Piraeus



Keylor Navas

Paris Saint Germain



Enock Mwepu

Red Bull Salzburg



Due to the low number of matches played in the Champions League group stages so far, it is unsurprising that the top 5 consists fully out of players from the Team. The Teams highest scorer however, Matic, is not in the list due to him having only played 2 games.

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.