Champions League matches more one-sided now

REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

More than one in five ChampionsLeague group-stage matches in the last four seasons ended with one team winning by a three-goal margin or more, according to a report published on Monday.

The report also found that teams winning groups were finishing with more points than 15 years ago and teams coming bottom with less — all pointing to an increase in the gap between the elite clubs and the rest.

“The different indicators analysed illustrate a clear trend towards less balance and more predictability,” said the Swiss-based CIES (International Centre for Sports Studies) Football Observatory.

The study found that the number of “very unbalanced matches”, where one team wins by three goals or more, had increased from 16.9 percent of group matches between 2003 and 2006 to 22.9 percent between 2015 and 2018.

During the same period, the average number of points won by the eventual group winners rose from 2.11 to 2.26 per game, while the goal difference of the group-winning teams rose from 6.38 after the six matches to 8.91.

Meanwhile, the average points-per-game of the teams finishing bottom of the groups fell from 0.59 to 0.45 and their final goal difference from -6.72 to -9.06.

“A thorough rethink is needed to preserve a sufficient level of sporting and economic balance both within the competition and in European football,” the report said.

REUTERS/Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond

< PREVIOUS ARTICLE
Rejuvenated Martial hopes Solskjaer gets United job
NEXT ARTICLE >
PSG confirm that Cavani out of Man United match
RELATED POSTS
FIFA Club World Cup to kick off on Dec. 11
Celtic crush Nomme Kalju as Red Star beat Helsinki
PSV edge Basel in thriller as Dinamo and Copenhagen win
UEFA reject PSG’s appeal to overturn Neymar’s Champions League ban
Fifteen Serie A clubs against to proposed Champions League reform
Champions League hero uncertain of Liverpool future

Leave a Reply

  1. August 2, 2019

    997305 543795This really is such a fantastic resource that youre offering and you offer out at no cost. I appreciate seeing sites that realize the worth of offering a perfect beneficial resource completely free of charge. I genuinely loved reading your submit. 864550

    Reply
  2. August 8, 2019

    518445 622444I want to start a weblog but would like to own the domain. Any concepts how to go about this?. 240313

    Reply
  3. August 15, 2019

    697483 141142Hi. Cool write-up. Theres a difficulty with the website in chrome, and you may want to check this The browser could be the marketplace chief and a big component of other folks will miss your exceptional writing due to this dilemma. I like your Post and I am recommend it for a Site Award. 241333

    Reply