Gentleman Town out to amend undesirable Spanish record, Liverpool’s Benfica omen – Champions League in Opta numbers

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Man City out to amend poor Spanish record, Liverpool's Benfica omen – Champions League in Opta numbers

The
Leading
League
pair
played
out
a
thrilling
2-2
draw
in
what
many
billed
as
the
title
decider
on
Sunday,
but
their
awareness
now
turns
again
to
Europe
as
they
hunt
nonetheless
a lot more
silverware.

Liverpool,
if
uncomfortable
at
occasions,
managed
a
3-1
victory
at
the
Estadio
da
Luz,
although
Town
maintain
a
slender
1-
edge
heading
to
the
Wanda
Metropolitano
towards
Atletico
Madrid.

Listed here,
Stats
Conduct
unpacks
the
decide
of
the
facts
from
a
decisive
Wednesday
in
UEFA’s
flagship
club
level of competition.


Atletico
Madrid
v
Manchester
Town:
Simeone’s
facet
must
end
home
hoodoo

Town
make
their
initial
ever
journey
to
Atletico
in
European
opposition
obtaining
gained
just
3
of
their
very last
11
absent
game titles
in opposition to
Spanish
side

while
Pep
Guardiola’s
team
won
their
most
current
take a look at
to
Serious
Madrid
(2-1
in
February
2020).

The
Leading
League
leaders
do
so
with
a
narrow
1-
first-leg
lead,
thanks
to
Kevin
De
Bruyne,
after
Atletico
dropped
the
first
away
leg
of
a
Champions
League
knockout
tie
for
a
fourth
time.

Simeone’s
aspect,
even though,
may well
just take
self esteem
from
the
actuality
they
have
progressed
on
two
of
the
three
preceding
situations
they
have
missing
the
1st
leg
absent
from
household.

But
the
reigning
LaLiga
champions
will
have
to
flip
around
their
torrid
household
variety
in
the
level of competition
if
they
are
to
do
so,
given
they
are
winless
in
their
last
7
home
video games
in
Europe.

The
compact
set up
that
many
branded
as
unfavorable
will
also
have
to
make
way
for
Atletico
to
contend,
after
they
unsuccessful
to
document
a
solitary
shot
in
the
to start with
meeting
at
the
Etihad
Stadium.

The
fewest
makes an attempt
across
two-leg
Champions
League
knockout
ties
is
four
(Shakhtar
Donetsk
v
Bayern
Munich
in
2014-15),
because
Opta
commenced
recording
in
2003-04,
whilst
the
only
team
to
have
failed
to
file
a
shot
on
focus on
across
two
legs
in
this
period
was
Deportivo
La
Coruna
in
the
2003-04
semi-finals
against
Porto.

Simeone
will
glimpse
to
Antoine
Griezmann
to
make
the
big difference,
with
the
ahead
a person
purpose
absent
from
overtaking
David
Trezeguet
(29)
for
the
fourth-most
strikes
by
a
Frenchman
in
the
level of competition.

Meanwhile,
Metropolis
will
achieve
the
landmark
of
100
games
in
the
Champions
League,
owning
gained
55
of
their
initial
99

only
Real
Madrid
have
triumphed
much more
in
their
1st
100
matches
(57).


Liverpool
v
Benfica:
Formidable
Reds
lucky
Portuguese
omen

The
omens
will
be
very good
if
Liverpool
can
development
previous
Benfica
below,
specified
they
have
long gone
on
to
acquire
the
levels of competition
on
the
very last
two
instances
they
have
gained
each
legs
in
a
European
Cup
or
Champions
League
knockout
tie
against
the
Portuguese
side,
executing
so
in
1977-78
and
1983-84.

The
Reds
have
won
each
of
their
final
5
game titles
against
Portuguese
sides
in
Europe’s
leading
club
opposition,
scoring
16
aims
and
only
conceding
a few
occasions.

Without a doubt,
they
are
unbeaten
in
nine
game titles
versus
teams
from
Portugal
in
the
levels of competition
because
Benfica
won
at
Anfield
in
March
2006
(W7
D2),
as
they
eye
a
third
Champions
League
semi-final
under
Jurgen
Klopp.

That
is
as
many
occasions
as
the
Reds
experienced
managed
to
do
so
prior
to
Klopp
having
cost
(2004-05,
2006-07
and
2007-08,
all
underneath
Rafa
Benitez),
with
the
German
somewhat
of
a
knockout
specialist.

There
is
no
denying
Liverpool
are
significant
favourites
they
have
progressed
from
each
of
their
very last
12
ties
in
the
Champions
League
knockout
phases
soon after
successful
the
initially
leg,
because
a
2001-02
quarter-final
reduction
to
Bayer
Leverkusen,
who
misplaced
1-
in
the
1st
leg
just before
winning
4-2
in
the
return
conference.

Central
to
Klopp’s
prepare
will
be
the
seemingly
out
of
form
Mohamed
Salah,
whose
next
household
purpose
will
see
him
overtake
Steven
Gerrard
(14)
for
the
most
targets
by
a
Liverpool
player
at
Anfield
throughout
the
European
Cup
and
Champions
League.

Though
only
two
groups
have
at any time
won
by
much more
than
one particular
purpose
absent
to
Liverpool
in
the
latter
phases
of
the
level of competition,
just one
of
these
situations
was
Benfica
in
a
2-
victory
in
the
very last-16
in
2005-06.

Darwin
Nunes
will
be
the
key,
with
the
forward
scoring
5
occasions
in
9
European
appearances
this
year

no
player
has
at any time
netted
far more
in
a
one
Champions
League
campaign
for
the
Primeira
Liga
facet.

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