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The UEFA Champions League: The stats so far

We are half way through the group stages in the 2020/21 Champions League tournament with week 3 having been completed. We take a look at the key stats and figures and see which teams and players have been making their mark on the competition. Take a look below and see who is leading and who is trailing.
Alvaro Morata for Juventus
Alvaro Morata of Juventus and Neto of Barcelona during the Champions League Group Stage G football match between Juventus FC and Barcelona at Juventus stadium in Torino (Italy), October, 28th, 2020. Photo Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto/Sipa USA

Top goalscorer

4 players share the title of the top goalscorer so far. They are Alvaro Morata, Diogo Jota, Marcus Rashford, and Erling Braut Haaland, all with 4 goals each. Morata can count himself unlucky when he saw 3 goals ruled out by VAR against Barcelona, but he still finds himself as one of the top-performing strikers. Jota is on fire for Liverpool with a hat-trick away to Atalanta in game wek 3, while Rashford scored a great hat-trick from the bench against RB Leipzig. Halland has been very impressive, becoming the fastest player to score 14 goals in the Champions League in only 11 games.

Most assists

Belgium Midfield Kevin De Bruyne has the most assists, with 4 in three games and Allasane Pleà of Borussia mochenglaadbach and Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich are tied with 3 assists.

Most clean sheets: teams and players

New Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy is the only goalkeeper with 3 clean sheets out of 3. Liverpool and Chelsea are the only team with 0 goals conceded in their 3 games. Quite surprising as both teams have been leaking goals in the Premier League. Liverpool have done well to not conceded, considering they have had away games against Ajax and Atalanta, 2 recent Champions League semi-finalists.

Most goals scored: Teams

The current holders, Bayern Munich, have the most goals in the campaign so far. They have 12 goals, averaging 4 goals per game. Borussia Monchengladbach are 2nd with 10 goals and Barcelona and Man City with 9.

Total Attempts

Barcelona are top the table of attempts on goal with 57. They also have the highest number on target with 29 and have hit the woodwork 3 times. Perhaps we can expect some more goals from Koeman’s side in the next 3 fixtures. Bayern sit in second with 55 and Sevilla in third with 54.

Teams who have won from a losing position

Only 4 teams have claimed 3 points from a losing position. Atletico Madrid went down 2-1 to Salzburg in game week 2, only to scrape past the Austrian team 3-2 in the end. Salzburg has lost from winning positions twice, as they went 1-0 up against Bayern before losing 6-2. In game week 3, PSG went 1-0 up against RB Leipzig without Neymar and Mbappe, but the missing players took their toll as Leipzig came back to win 2-1. The best comeback of the competition so far came as Sevilla beat Krasnodar 3-2, after being 2-0 down.

Home and away records

Liverpool, Bayern, Man City and Barcelona, 4 of the favourites for the competition, are the only teams with 100% records so far. Liverpool and Bayern have won 2 away games, whilst Barcelona and Man City have won 2 home games. Porto, Sevilla and RB Leipzig have won all of their home games, and have all had impressive results, suggesting they have quite the fortress at home.

Possession

Borussia Dortmund has the highest average possession in the Champions League so far with 64.3%. Their possession stats at home are the best with 69.3%, whilst Chelsea recorded an average of 70.7% in their one away game.

Possession isn’t everything as Real Madrid sit third highest in the table, but have only picked up 4 points in their first 3 games. Borussia Monchengladbach and Porto sit 30th and 31st out of 32 teams, however, they have both picked up 2 wins and look good for qualification at this stage. Even in Monchengladbach’s 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar, they only registered 46.1% possesion of the ball

Disciplinary

Interestingly RB Leipzig has committed the most fouls by some distance – 58 in their first 3 games. They have also been fouled the most, with 50 fouls against.

Lazio has the worst disciplinary record picking up 12 yellow cards. PSG run them close with 9 yellow cards and 2 red cards.

It has been an enthralling start to the Champions League season with 156 goals, an average of 3.25 goals per game, which is a goal scored every 29 minutes. Out of these goals, 40 of them have been in the last 15 minutes of games, which has made for some exciting moments and late drama, proving that the Champions League is still as exciting as ever even during a pandemic. 

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