Lewandowski's hot streak, PSG's Italian hoodoo - Champions League in Opta numbers

By Sports Desk August 12, 2020

The Champions League has reached the quarter-final stage, with all four ties to be played over one leg in Lisbon over the next four days.

Last-eight regulars Barcelona and Bayern Munich meet in arguably the pick of the fixtures, while much-fancied Manchester City take on Juventus' conquerors Lyon.

Elsewhere, quarter-final debutants Atalanta and RB Leipzig will be looking to pull off upsets against Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid respectively.

Ahead of the mouthwatering ties, we take a look at the key Opta statistics.

Two hurdles from the final. Who makes it?

YOU decide! Sim your own Final 8 now #UCLFinalsBracket | @gazpromfootball

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 10, 2020 ATALANTA V PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

0 - PSG have never won a game against Italian opposition in the Champions League, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their previous six encounters.

1 - Atalanta are the first Champions League debutants to reach the quarter-finals since Leicester City in 2016-2017 and the first Italian side to do so since 1999-2000.

4 - The Serie A outfit have won their last four matches in the competition - the longest current run alongside fellow quarter-finalists Bayern Munich.

16 - No team still left in the tournament has conceded more goals than the 16 Atalanta have let in across their eight games.

32 - PSG have scored in each of their last 32 Champions League games in a run stretching back to the 2015-16 quarter-finals when firing a blank against Manchester City. 

#WeAreParis@ChampionsLeague is back pic.twitter.com/ayaJPEqON7

— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 10, 2020 RB LEIPZIG V ATLETICO MADRID

1 - Not only will this be the first competitive encounter between the sides, it is also the first time Leipzig have been drawn against a Spanish club in European competition.

5 - Atletico are contesting their fifth quarter-final in the last seven years - only Barcelona and Bayern Munich can better that tally across the same timeframe.

0 - None of Leipzig's 14 previous Champions League games have ended goalless.

4 - Four of the German side's last eight goals in the competition have come from the penalty spot. Indeed, only Atalanta (5) have benefited from more penalties this season.

12 - Since the start of 2019, 12 of the 14 goals Atletico have scored in UEFA's showpiece competition have been scored after half-time.

??? ?????????

????́???? ?? ?????? at Anfield

#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/4T7cyQxGxU

— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 9, 2020 BARCELONA V BAYERN MUNICH

18 - Both sides are through to the last eight of the Champions League for an 18th time, with Barcelona into a record 13th successive quarter-final.

5 - The Catalan giants have been beaten in five of their eight previous encounters with Bayern in the competition, which is more than they have lost against any other side. 

17 - Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has been directly involved in 17 Champions League goals in 2019-20 - six more than any other player.

8 - Hansi Flick's side have won their opening eight matches in the competition this term, with Barcelona the only side to have previously won nine on the spin.

2 - Barca have lost just two of their last 31 Champions League games and are unbeaten this season - Bayern and Man City being the only other unbeaten sides.

WorldLionDay pic.twitter.com/qFEph43I3v

— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) August 10, 2020 MANCHESTER CITY V LYON

1 - City have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons, but have only progressed from one of their previous three appearances.

4 - Lyon are unbeaten in their last four games against English opposition in this competition - a run that includes a win and a draw against City in last season's group stage.

2 - Pep Guardiola progressed from his first seven Champions League quarter-finals but has been eliminated in his two appearances at this stage with City.

3 - Gabriel Jesus could become the third player to score in three separate knockout games for City in a single season after Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, both in 2018-19.

6 - Lyon attacker Memphis Depay has scored in six successive Champions League matches. Ruud van Nistelrooy is the only Dutch player to go on a longer run (nine with Manchester United in 2002-03).

Related items

  • Haaland joined Dortmund because Leipzig couldn't guarantee him minutes – Rangnick Haaland joined Dortmund because Leipzig couldn't guarantee him minutes – Rangnick

    Erling Haaland chose Borussia Dortmund over RB Leipzig because the latter could not guarantee game time, according to the club's former sporting director Ralf Rangnick.

    Norway striker Haaland has been a sensation at Dortmund, scoring 18 goals across all competitions since joining from Salzburg in January.

    Leipzig were also said to be in the running for Haaland given their links to the Austrian side but Rangnick acknowledged that at the time Dortmund had a spot in their line-up.

    "From everything I know about him and his father, the main reason was that Dortmund could guarantee him a regular place," Rangnick told MDR. 

    "Which wasn't so difficult because apart from [Paco] Alcacer they had no central striker. Alcacer was half the size of Haaland and only half as fast and twice as often injured."

    The likes of Naby Keita and Dayot Upamecano have made the move from Salzburg to Leipzig and Rangnick was disappointed to miss out on a player of Haaland's quality.

    "What a shame for Leipzig, it would have been a perfect match for us, our team and our style of play," Rangnick added.

    Leipzig do now have a Norwegian striker in the form of Alexander Sorloth, who failed to make an impact in the Premier League with Crystal Palace but starred on loan for Trabzonspor in Turkey.

    "Maybe with Alexander Sorloth a Haaland two will come to RB Leipzig," Rangnick said.

  • Mbappe a 'prototype' Ballon d'Or winner, says Anelka Mbappe a 'prototype' Ballon d'Or winner, says Anelka

    Kylian Mbappe is the "prototype" for a future Ballon d'Or winner, according to Nicolas Anelka.

    At just 21, the Paris Saint-Germain forward has already accumulated a plethora of top-tier trophies having won the World Cup with France, while reaching the Champions League final for PSG, with whom he has lifted eight domestic titles.

    However, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo practically enjoying dual custody of the most prestigious world player of the year award, that honour has thus far eluded Mbappe.

    But compatriot Anelka, whose career saw him win silverware in England, Spain, France, Italy and Turkey, feels it is only a matter of time.

    "There are the old guys who are known and recognised, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but for me it is Mbappe who is really the image of the prototype of the striker with all the qualities required to be a future Ballon d'Or winner," he told RMC Sport. 

    "He's very fast, very smart, very technical. He has the qualities to do great things. He has proven it time and time again and he shows it in every game.

    "Neymar is very strong too. He is very strong too."

    Mbappe has endured a disrupted start to the new campaign after testing positive for coronavirus, but he made a goalscoring return in the 3-0 win over Nice.

    Thomas Tuchel's side are in action at Reims on Sunday.

  • Struggling Schalke sack Wagner Struggling Schalke sack Wagner

    David Wagner has been sacked by Schalke after just two games of the new Bundesliga season, the club confirmed on Sunday.

    Former Huddersfield Town boss Wagner was appointed ahead of the 2019-20 season and Schalke lost just twice in the first half of that campaign.

    But their form plummeted from there, with Schalke ultimately finishing 12th and just seven points above the relegation zone last term.

    An 8-0 hammering at champions Bayern Munich in their Bundesliga opener was followed by another poor showing in a 3-1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

    Schalke have failed to win their last 18 Bundesliga matches, which represents a club-record and the third worst streak for a coach in the competition's history.

    "We had all hoped that we could improve on the pitch together with David Wagner. Unfortunately, we haven't seen the right performances and results from the first two games of the season for this to happen," said Jochen Schneider, Schalke's head of sport.

    "We have therefore decided to make a fresh start. Despite the disappointing results, this wasn't an easy decision for us to make. 

    "I would like to thank David Wagner, Christoph Buhler and Frank Frohling, who, up until their departure, have done everything they can to get Schalke back on track."

    Buhler and Frohling, Wagner's assistants, have been placed on gardening leave, with Schalke saying a successor will be named in the coming days.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.