Champions League pass completion statistics – Barca and Real dominate again

March 18, 2010

As in the first leg, the pass completion percentages favours the big two Spanish clubs – Barcelona in first place, Real Madrid in second place. On the other end of the scale, the bottom two – Fiorentina and Lyon – are also the same as in the first leg. But again, the most noticeable thing here is how the sides with the lowest pass completion rates all got good results. Fiorentina won (but went out), Lyon drew (which was effectively a win), Manchester United won, Inter won and CSKA won – and yet they are the sides with the lowest pass completion ratios.

Meanwhile, three of the top four (and five of the top seven) are no longer in the competition.

It’s hard to read too much into statistics for individuals games – and it is understandable that when a side is losing and need a goal, they’ll dominate possession as the other side drop deep – but the graph nevertheless makes for interesting reading.

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