This week UEFA published its annual report on the 2019-20 Champions League, which documents and analyses the technical and tactical aspects of the season that ended with the victory of Bayern Munich.
Don’t worry, it’s much more interesting than it sounds. All readers, from the casual observer to the obsessed statistician, will find something interesting.
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The report highlights the brilliance of Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Kilian Mbappe and even praises Jose Mourinho, director of Tottenham Hotspur.
It was prepared with the participation of a group of UEFA technical observers – a group consisting of Roberto Martínez, Gareth Southgate, Etor Caranca and Phil Neville – who all attended most of the matches and then offered their balanced reflection on the matches.
But if the idea of flipping through a large 108-page file is too scary, relax: We’ve gone through each page with a fine-mesh comb and found the most interesting information so you don’t have to.
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With 386 goals in 119 games, the 2019-20 Champions League game was certainly not without action, resulting in a record of 3.24 goals scored and missed.
A record number of goals was scored in the league and group stage (308), beating the previous record of two goals (306, scored in 2017-18).
Group B alone contributed to the overall result with 53 goals, while the combined efforts of Bayern, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiacos and Belgrade Crven Star contributed to another Champions League record.
Genius at work! Let Leo Messi dribble and end up against Naples @FCBarcelona | #UCL pic.twitter.com/etkDpnFXjl
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) 14. August 2020.
Lionel Messi from Barcelona was rewarded for his incredible solo goal against Napoli in the 16th minute. In the second round, the team was assigned the UEFA technical committee’s seasonal target.
With 87 strokes nobody has tried to hit more defenders with the ball on their feet than Messi.
The mood of fans on the UEFA website voted a powerful strike against Cristiano Ronaldo in Lyon as the goal of the tournament, although the long-term Juventus star did not even make it into the UEFA top ten.
As you know, Munich’s Bavarian striker Robert Lewandowski scored nine runs in a row to qualify for the Champions League Golden Shoe – the fifth consecutive season in which the player is over 30 years old.
To establish his reputation as the best predator in European football, seven of Lewandowski’s fifteen goals were scored in a six-metre area.
Elsewhere, Erling Haaland made a phenomenal debut in the league, scoring a hat-trick in his first appearance in the Champions League (Salzburg’s 6-2 opening victory over Genk) and becoming the first teenager to score a goal in five consecutive games.
With 10 of only 21 goals (of which 13 hit the goal), Haaland also finished with a fatal conversion rate (47.6%) of almost every other shot, better than anyone who scored five or more.
Haaland, who came to Borussia Dortmund in January, was also the top scorer in 2019-20, while the Norwegian youth peloton won only 55.4 against Lewandowski (59.1) and came second.
Regarding the preferred trajectory of the goals for the 2019-20 season, almost a third of the goals scored were crosses and reductions (29.3 percent to be exact) – including the winning goal from Bayern Munich in the final, scored by Kingsley Coman.
By comparison: The number of goals scored decreased again, with only one goal directly in the penalty area throughout the campaign.
Indeed, it was an excellent and trenchant performance of Paulo Sybaly against Atletico Madrid in the group stage.
One week after that monstrous free kick from @PauDybala_JR!
What was your reaction when he scored the goal? #JuveAtleti pic.twitter.com/TcQSTaSFZM
– JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) 3. December 2019.
Joshua Kimmich is one of the eight Bavarian players of the reporting team this season. He created more chances than any other player in the 2019-20 Champions League and pledged a total of 28 for his teammates.
Thomas Muller finished in third place to the same extent, creating 25 chances for a perfect Bavarian run in the championship.
However, it was the Paris Angel of Marie Saint-Germain, who scored six goals in the first final of the Parisians, who registered the most speed.
Liverpool achieved the highest number of owners of all participating clubs and closed the campaign with an average of 67% (the possible winners from Bavaria were 64%).
By comparison, the Reds won the 2018-19 Champions League with an average turnout of only 50 percent, and in this season’s final they beat Tottenham by only 38 percent.
Liverpool also claimed the highest percentage of individual ownership (71.1%) of all clubs for the 2019-20 season, despite being in the first round of the 16th edition of the FIFA World Cup. In the second round, against Atletico Madrid, he was defeated 1-0.
In the same game Jurgen Klopp could not score because Atletico made 70 defensive passes – also a Champions League-record.
In their second game under Enfield, Liverpool had 70.6% of the lead and 27 chances, but still lost 3-0 in the night thanks to late goals from Marcos Llorent (2) and Alvaro Morat – the first home defeat against the European at Klopp.
Manual new in the UCL finals = _______ @FCBayernEN | #UCL pic.twitter.com/oEADTK9Y0R
– 28. UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 2020.
Bavarian goalkeeper Manuel Neuer held six clean arches (more than any other number 1) in 11 appearances – including the final – and finished the season with 371 passes in the same time.
However, Ajax striker Andre Onana is the leader in terms of goals scored, with Cameroon’s international top scorer* (5.25) and the highest savings rate (82%).
(*The goal obstruction is an indicator of the expected goals (xG) for missed goals compared to the actual goals scored by the goalkeeper)
Particularly noteworthy is Prague’s Slavija, which has become a real workhorse in the 2019-20 Champions League election campaign.
Among the top ten players in the long distance games were three – Petr Sevchik (first of 13.47km/8.36 miles), Thomas Suchek (second of 12.69km/7.88m) and Vladimir Kufal (seventh of 11.76km/7.31m) – and West Ham has since signed two of them!
Slava striker Petr Olajinka also led with the most average sprint per game (60.33), with Slava’s players taking the top three places.
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Frank Leboöf gives a passionate answer to Kaylian Mbappe and Neimar’s fight against Man United.
PSG striker Kylian Mbappe was one of the fastest sprinters in the campaign when he registered a bang of 33.98 kilometres per hour (21.1 miles per hour).
Mbappe waited until the last race of the season to reach his top speed and his sprint came in at the 73rd minute. Minute of the final against Bavaria.
In fact, the four fastest sprints in the top five were made by the opponents in the games against PSG: Lucas Klostermann from RB Leipzig (33.82 km/h), Hans Hateboer from Atalanta (33.71 km/h), Ahraf Hakimi from Dortmund (33.46 km/h) and Alfonso Davis from Bavaria (33.37 km/h).
Although he is not the speed record holder, Alfonso Davis has certainly shown a phenomenal level of athletics and endurance in the 2019-20 season by making an average sprint every 1.73 minutes.
The winged wing also helped to save five clean leaves in its eight performances for the Bavarian giants.
Jose Mourinho in Tottenham – new man pic.twitter.com/rwR8dMAPyo
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) 26. November 2019.
Finally, Tottenham coach José Mourinho was specifically mentioned in a UEFA technical report as he and the fast ball boy played a crucial role in Spurs’ group victory at Olympiacos.
Mourinho made his home debut as the new coach, but the skilful return of the vanguard quickly led to Harry Kane’s equaliser when Spurs returned to win 4-2 to secure their place in the next round.
According to the UEFA report, Mourinho’s own involvement behind the scenes is worthwhile in an order that demonstrates the intelligent use of a multi-sphere Spurs system. When a ball makes contact with the opponent, Mourinho stands up, shouts forwards – and even imitates a throw – while the boy with the ball bounces off his chair and another shoots into [Sergei] Orye. Within five seconds after the throw-in, the ball hit the Olympiacos net, after which Mourinho hugged the teenager to congratulate him and invite him to dinner with his team for the next home game.
Mourinho himself said after the final whistle: I like smart guys with balls, just like me. I was a brilliant ball boy when I was a kid. That guy was great today. He reads the game, understands it and is a great help.