UEFA Champions League 2018 : Team of the season based on statistics

Real Madrid won the Champions League 2018, defeating Liverpool in the final.

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UEFA Champions League has come to an end, with Real Madrid defeating Liverpool 3-1 in the final. This was the third consecutive title for the Spanish giants. With that, let us take a look at the records and stats from this season.

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Champions League – Team records

Goals scored:

(1) Liverpool – 41
(2) Real Madrid – 33
(3) Paris Saint Germain – 27
(4) Bayern Munich – 26
(5) Roma – 21

Goals conceded per match:

(1) Barcelona – 0.6
(2) Manchester United – 0.63
(3) Atletico Madrid – 0.67
(4) Tottenham – 1
(5) Bayern Munich – 1

Total attempts:

(1) Real Madrid – 220
(2) Bayern Munich – 219
(3) Liverpool – 201
(4) Roma – 161
(5) Sevilla – 158

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Possession:

(1) Manchester City – 62%
(2) Barcelona – 61%
(3) Bayern Munich – 56%
(4) Borussia Dortmund – 56%
(5) Sevilla – 55%

Passing accuracy:

(1) Manchester City – 89%
(2) Paris Saint Germain – 89%
(3) Real Madrid – 89%
(4) Barcelona – 88%
(5) Napoli – 87%

Champions League – Individual records

Most saves by goalkeeper:

(1) Alisson Becker (Roma) – 47
(2) Ibrahim Sehic (Qarabag) – 35
(3) Andryi Pyatov (Shakhtar) – 34
(4) Jasmin Handanovic (Maribor) – 32
(5) Sven Ulreich (Bayern Munich) – 29

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Attack:

Goals (no of minutes played):

(1) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 15 (1170)
(2) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 10 (930)
(3) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 10 (940)
(4) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 10 (1056)
(5) Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla) – 8 (651)

Attempts on (and off) target:

(1) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 33 (35)
(2) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 24 (11)
(3) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 23 (7)
(4) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 18 (15)
(5) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 17 (15)

Assists:

(1) James Milner (Liverpool) – 9
(2) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 8
(3) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 5
(4) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 4
(5) Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) – 4

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Passing, crossing and running:

Following are the best players who showed extraordinary numbers in overall impact on different aspects.

Passes attempted (accuracy):

(1) Ever Banega (Sevilla) – 990 (86%)
(2) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 903 (95%)
(3) Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) – 830 (95%)
(4) Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – 809 (94%)
(5) Ivan Rakitic – 757 (92%)

Crosses provided (completed):

(1) Aleksander Kolarov (Roma) – 91 (25)
(2) Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – 89 (19)
(3) James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich) – 78 (16)
(4) Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas) – 76 (15)
(5) Marcelo (Real Madrid) – 67 (18)

Distance covered (no of minutes):

(1) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 130.6km (1056)
(2) Aleksander Kolarov (Roma) – 128.9km (1080)
(3) James Milner (Liverpool) – 125.0km (874)
(4) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 121.1km (1170)
(5) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 120.5km (952)

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Disciplinary:

Champions League is full of actions, and more often than not, we see fouls, bookings and unfortunate injuries. In the final only, Liverpool star Salah and Real Madrid right back Dani Carvajal were forced off, due to unfortunate mishaps. Let us here take a look at the most number of fouls committed, and most number of bookings for this season. The ties are broken based on the number of minutes played.

Fouls committed:

(1) Alex Sandro (Juventus) – 21
(2) James Milner (Liverpool) – 20
(3) Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar) – 17
(4) Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) – 16
(5) Emre Can (Liverpool) – 16

Yellow cards:

(1) Taulant Xhaka (Basel) – 5
(2) Georgi Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskva) – 4
(3) Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord) – 4
(4) Mehdi Benatia (Juventus) – 4
(5) Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) – 4

Team of the season

And now, following the above stats, let us fix the best Champions League eleven. Alisson deserves to be our goalkeeper, while the central defenders, based on goals conceded, passing and distance covered, are going to be Otamendi and Samuel Umtiti. In the left flank, Kolarov was the best throughout the season. His partner on the right is Kimmich, who was brilliant in both defense and attack.

Our options at the centre of the pitch are Milner, Kroos and Banega. All of them were very effective for their respective teams. And then finally, the front three are going to be Ronaldo, Firmino and Salah. Thus, following is the Champions League team of the season (based on stats) for 2017/18.

What is your Champions League team of the season? Comment below!

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