JUST IN: Top 6 stats in the Champions League this season
Number five (5) stat on this list will interest most of you, especially Premier League followers.
Round two (2) of the 2022-23 Champions League season has come and gone with some intriguing matches and results.
Defending champions Real Madrid, English Champions, Manchester City, and French champions, Paris Saint-Germain, were all made to work for their victories following comeback wins.
Victor Osimhen flies on his teammates during the Liverpool game.
Bayern Munich continued to torment LaLiga side FC Barcelona despite losing Robert Lewandowski to the Catalans while English side Chelsea dropped further points with a new manager Graham Potter in charge at home.
But before the next round of matches, there are some interesting stats from the two rounds already played. Let’s take a quick look on some of them.
1. Total goals scored (Teams)
The matches have not failed to deliver entertainment after 88 goals have been scored in 32 matches played so far.
That leaves an average of 2.75 goals per game with Serie A leaders, SSC Napoli, the highest entertainers with seven (7) goals.
2. Top scorers (TEAMS)
With some of the most lethal finishers in the competition this season, it’s no surprise that three (3) of them have already set the pace.
Manchester City’s new hero, Erling Haaland, Lewandowski of Barcelona and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe have all scored three (3) goals so far in the competition.
3. Clean sheets
While fans love to see teams score goals and entertain football followers, defending is also part of the game.
So, these four (4) teams, Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Bayern Munich have kept the most clean sheets this season.
The quartet are yet to concede a goal this season after two matches.
4. Pass masters
Defending champions, Real Madrid, are at the top of this ranking with 91.5% of their passes completed so far.
When you have two of the best passers of the ball in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, well, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are next with 90.5% while Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona sits third with 89.5%.
Despite picking just a point from a possible six (6), Chelsea, who kicked off the competition with a defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, lead the possession stats.
The Blues have dominated 65.5% of their games so far but dropped four (4) points after a defeat and draw with two different managers.
Barcelona and Manchester City, the usual suspects here, come in at second and third with 63% and 62% respectively.
6. The Creators
Finally, this is the list of the creators and playmakers who have played decisive roles for their teams offensively.
Man City’s Joao Cancelo top the list with three (3] assists, followed by Shakhtar Donetsk’s wonderkid Mykhaylo Mudryk who has two (2) assists alongside Joshua Kimmich of Bayern, Rafael Leao of AC Milan, Kevin de Bruyne of City and six others.