Ronaldo eyes extra data, Barcelona search Bayern revenge – Champions League in Opta numbers

Barcelona host Bayern Munich as two Champions League heavyweights headline the primary spherical of matchday one fixtures on Tuesday.

Barca might be with out Lionel Messi for a European marketing campaign for the primary time since 2003-04 as they search revenge in opposition to the Bundesliga outfit.

Manchester United – armed with the competitors’s all-time main scorer Cristiano Ronaldo – journey to Younger Boys whereas reigning champions Chelsea start at house to Zenit.

Italian giants Juventus make the journey to Sweden’s most profitable crew Malmo, who’re making their first look within the group stage since 2015-16 following their title win in 2020.

Right here, Stats Carry out takes a have a look at the important thing Opta information forward of Tuesday’s fixtures.

Barcelona v Bayern Munich: Blaugrana out to make amends

Barcelona and Bayern Munich haven’t met within the group phases since 1998-99, however the Bundesliga aspect did inflict Barca’s heaviest defeat since April 1951 with an 8-2 crushing in 2019-20’s quarter-finals.

There are exceptional data at stake for each side as properly, Bayern boasting the longest unbeaten away run within the historical past of the competitors (18), whereas Barca are unbeaten of their final 22 group-stage openers – stretching again to 1997-98.

Nevertheless, Julian Nagelsmann’s aspect have received 17 opening video games in a row they usually even have Robert Lewandowski to name upon, the ahead scoring 28 occasions because the begin of 2018-19 – eight greater than every other Champions League participant.

 

Younger Boys v Manchester United: Ronaldo returns for one more report

Younger Boys have received solely one of 13 video games in opposition to English opponents in European competitors as they put together for Manchester United, who’ve misplaced simply one of their final 21 openers.

Nevertheless, United have been crushed in six of their 10 Champions League matches below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – as many as they did of their final 20 below Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

Having not appeared for the Crimson Devils in 12 years and 110 days – the fourth longest hole between appearances for a similar membership – Cristiano Ronaldo may equal the all-time look report within the Champions League, transferring stage with Iker Casillas on 177.

Chelsea v Zenit: Historical past favours the champions

The reigning Champions League champions have solely misplaced two of 27 video games when beginning their title defence, with no aspect ever shedding a house sport instantly following continental success.

Zenit face an uphill battle, given they’re winless of their final seven fixtures, whereas Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 video games within the group stage.

Certainly, the Blues are unbeaten in six matches in opposition to Russian groups and, because the begin of final season, no crew have misplaced fewer matches (1) or saved extra clear sheets (9).

 

Malmo v Juventus: Allegri’s away-day specialists

Tuesday might be Malmo head coach Jon Dahl Tomasson’s managerial debut within the competitors after final showing as a participant for Milan within the 2005 remaining.

The hosts, although, have scored simply three objectives throughout 10 earlier appearances, whereas Juventus have received their final 5 group stage away video games.

The guests can even have Alvaro Morata accessible, the ahead one among solely three Spaniards to attain greater than 20 Champions League objectives after netting six occasions in eight matches final time period.

 

Different fixtures:

Dynamo Kyiv v Benfica

143 – Dynamo Kyiv supervisor Mircea Lucescu (76) and Benfica’s Jorge Jesus’ (67) mixed age of 143 is the oldest of two managers to face off within the Champions League.

25 – The hosts are one among 25 groups to play 100 or extra fixtures within the competitors, however they’ve the third worst loss proportion (49) behind Olympiacos (52) and Galatasaray (51).

Lille v Wolfsburg

1 – Lille have solely managed one win in opposition to German opposition in 9 makes an attempt in European competitors, final prevailing in 2002.

5 – Wolfsburg have received 5 of their final six Champions League video games and have scored twice in 4 of these victories.

Sevilla v Crimson Bull Salzburg

64 – Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri is averaging a Champions League objective each 64 minutes, recording three braces for his six objectives in eight video games final marketing campaign.

2 – Crimson Bull Salzburg have solely received two of their final 15 matches within the competitors, however each of them have come away from house in opposition to Genk and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Villarreal v Atalanta

15 – Villarreal ahead Gerard Moreno has 15 Europa League objectives however has by no means performed in Europe’s premier competitors – since 1992-93 solely three gamers have scored extra and never performed within the Champions League.

5 – Atalanta have received 5 of their final six away video games, solely shedding in opposition to Actual Madrid, whereas they’ve additionally progressed from their two earlier group stage campaigns.

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