Champions League Week 2 in Infographics

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistOctober 3, 2013

Champions League Week 2 in Infographics

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    As the highest platform in European club football, it's no surprise that the Champions League tends to produce some of the most statistically interesting fixtures.

    As part of the modern game, we as spectators have developed a slight obsession with facts and figures, ever seeking alternative ways to dissect the football we observe.

    In the wake of Week 2's Champions League proceedings, read on to find the most interesting infographics taken from the 16 latest meetings of the competition.

    All statistics provided courtesy of Squawka.

1. The Old Lady Shows Some Tenacity

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    Juve's pressing approach against Galatasaray
    Juve's pressing approach against Galatasaray

    Juventus went into this week's group game against Galatasaray with close to no firsthand knowledge on the opposition, having not faced the Turkish giants in just under a decade.

    While it eventually finished 2-2, Antonio Conte's men couldn't have hoped to finish the fixture with much more dominant field position as Galatasaray's half accounted for more than 60 percent of the action.

    Juve found themselves in the Gala box an incredible 14.99 per cent of the time while Roberto Mancini's couldn't quite assert their pressure in the same manner.

    In the end, however, all that matters is the result, and while Juve may have had 19 more shots than their guests, Galatasaray will be pleased with their point.

2. Olympiakos Soak Up the Pressure in Belgium

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    Olympiakos may have managed to beat Anderlecht 3-0, but the statistics weren't exactly flattering to the Greek giants' case and painted a tighter picture altogether.

    While the Belgian hosts had to make just 23 clearances, Olympiakos were forced to make an incredible 54 of their own, showing just how often the pressure was put on their half.

    Giannis Maniatis, Dimitrios Siovas and Kostas Manolas managed to account for 43 of those clearances between them in what was a very frustrating day in front of goal for Anderlecht. 

3. Tiki Taka in Full Flight

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    It may not be groundbreaking news at this point, but it's nice to see that Gerardo Martino's Barcelona maintain the same passing principles as any other incarnation of the side in recent years.

    Whereas Celtic were limited to making just 103 passes between them on Tuesday night, La Bluagrana completed a sensational tally of 745 passes, 111 of which came from the twinkling feet of Andres Iniesta alone.

    Altogether Celtic were able to craft just three key passes while Barca created three times that amount, the visitors eventually ran out as 1-0 victors.

4. Franck Ribery Turns the Other Cheek

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    Earlier this year, Franck Ribery was named European Player of the Year and showed just why he can continue to stake a claim for the accolade with an opposition-splitting performance against Manchester City.

    In total, the Frenchman won four of his attempted nine dribbles, one of which resulted in a seventh-minute opening goal.

    Most of Bayern Munich's play ran through the centre of the pitch as they romped to a 3-1 triumph, but Ribery's contributions of the left wing were a frequent injection of magic for the German visitors.

5. Ozil Passes with Flying Colours

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    Since moving to North London as Arsenal's £42.5 million man, Mesut Ozil has hardly set a foot wrong in his outings for the Premier League outfit.

    Tuesday's 2-0 win over Napoli was another fine performance from the German international, who completed 91 percent of his 75 attempted passes, 55.4 percent of which were forward.

    Ozil was a conduit for his side to look to for inspiration, grabbing his first Gunners goal and popping up all over the half of their Naples visitors.

6. Shakhtar Freeze out Manchester United

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    Far from the extravaganza that fans might have been hoping for in the first meeting between Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester United, chilly conditions must have meant shooting boots weren't the footwear of choice at the Donbass Arena on Wednesday.

    Between the Ukrainian and Premier League champions, the two outfits could only manage 10 shots on goal, ultimately telling the story of what was a fairly dull display.

    Shakhtar had the majority of those opportunities with six attempts on David de Gea's goal, but matters only really heated up in the dying minutes as the Red Devils slumped to a 1-1 draw.

7. Ajax Hit Everywhere Except Where It Hurts

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    Often the story of Ajax in their Champions League expeditions of recent years, Tuesday night was a case of plenty of huff but not sufficient puff against Milan.

    As the attached heat map shows, the Dutch giants had plenty of ball in the middle third and even created a lot of pressure from the wings, but ultimately lacked any finishing presence.

    While the constant pressure wasn't there, the Amsterdam hosts still finished as the more dominant attackers in the 1-1 draw and had 10 shots on goal compared to Milan's seven.

8. Hummels the Man with Das Boot

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    In a 3-0 win over Marseille, Borussia Dortmund were defensively pristine as they ran to a comfortable victory over the potentially awkward opponents.

    However, that team effort needs its individual components working in fine working order, making it just as well that Mats Hummels was on some of his best form at Signal Iduna Park.

    The 24-year-old made 11 clearances, the most of any Black and Yellow, as well as completing five of his five attempted tackles and three interceptions.

    While Juergen Klopp's side took their chances well in attack, Hummels' confident outing restrained the advances of Andre Ayew, Dimitri Payet and Mathieu Valbuena.

9. PSG Paint a Passing Portrait

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    Barcelona may be the highest profile passing masters of Europe, but Paris Saint-Germain showed this week that they're fast catching up with the La Liga champions in terms of promoting that brand of football.

    Against Benfica, the Ligue 1 title-holders completed more than 800 passes on their way to a 3-0 triumph over the Portuguese giants.

    Having spent a year as a player at the Camp Nou himself, Laurent Blanc must have picked up a lesson or two during his time in Catalonia, with the side he manages now currently benefitting.

10. Real Madrid Unfazed by Great Danes

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    Not many will have been expecting much from Copenhagen on their trip to the Bernabeu this week, but Real Madrid's eventual drubbing of the Danish giants was even slightly embarrassing.

    Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular ran rampant in front of goal as they led Los Merengues to a 4-0 triumph over small opposition, managing to rack up 23 shots on goal, only 10 of which were off target.

    Real's strategy of high-tempo pressure, whether on the ball or off it, is what often sees them come out on top of any fixture and worked to full effect on Wednesday evening.

11. Bayer Leverkusen Stretch the Gap Against La Real

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    What a difference a goal can make to a squad's morale, eh?

    As the two teams' Squawka Performance Score tells, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad both saw a drop in their standards after conceding goals either side of halfway midweek.

    Following their first-half extra-time opener through Simon Rolfes, Leverkusen began the second period on a high but were quickly brought down to earth by a Carlos Vela equaliser.

    In the end, however, La Real would surrender three points to a superb Jens Hegeler free kick, which again stunted their performance.