Barcelona were worse than an opponent in ball possession for the first time since 2006

Reuters/Paul Childs

The Catalans don’t often let their opponents hold the ball in the Champions League’s group stage matches.

On the eve, Barcelona and Tottenham played a draw at the Camp Nou stadium in the Champions League group stage 6th round match.

This result allowed Barcelona to repeat Bayern record, and Tottenham to reach the playoffs of the tournament, leaving Inter behind. Now, Luciano Spalletti’s team will play in the Europa League in spring.

According to Opta, Barcelona owned the ball 48.8% of playing time during the match with the Spurs. For the first time in 12 years, the Catalans allowed an opponent in the Champions League group stage match to surpass themselves in ball possession. Werder Bremen made it possible for Barcelona to control the ball only 42.9% of the match time in 2006.

(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)

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