analysis | 2015-06-30
Statistical Review: Barcelona's Champions League 2014/2015
➢ Records & Achievements
Barcelona won the most titles in Champions League era (4) alongside Real Madrid.
Barcelona won four Champions Leagues in the last 10 seasons, while no other team won it more than once in that period.
Barcelona are the first team in Champions League history to reach the final after scoring at least two goals in every away game.
Barça are the first team in the history of the European Cup/Champions League to win by at least a two-goal margin in three consecutive finals they have played in: 2-0 in 2009, 3-1 in 2011, 3-1 in 2015.
Barcelona scored at least 30 goals in four different Champions League seasons with the current format, an unmatched record.
Barcelona won the Champions League trophy after winning 85% of their games, that's the record of the competition, alongside Madrid 2013/14.
Barcelona became the first team ever to win two Champions League trophies by scoring in every match: 2010/2011 and 2014/2015.
Barcelona became the first team ever from which two new signings scored in a Champions League finals (Rakitic and Suárez).
Barcelona are the first team ever to win a Champions League with no draws. (11 wins and 2 losses)
Barcelona featured in 26 European finals, at least five more than any other team.
Barcelona reached the Champions League semifinals for the 11th time, an all-time record in the competition.
For the first time ever: Barça managed to score two or more goals in both home and away games of a Champions League semifinals.
Barcelona won nine consecutive Champions League games (from the 3rd of the group stage to the 1st leg of the semifinals), equaling the club's record set in 2002/03.
In the last 10 seasons, only two teams won the Champions League without scoring a single goal from the penalty spot: Inter 2009/10 and Barcelona 202014/2015.
➢ Performance Stats
Barça scored the opener in six of their seven games of the knockout stages.
In the Champions League this season, Barcelona scored more goals at outside the Camp Nou (18) than they scored at the Camp Nou (13)
Barcelona are the only team to score 3 goals vs Juventus this season (59 games).
Barcelona scored the second most goals in the Champions League this season (31).
Barcelona (60.8%) registered the second most ball possession in the Champions League this season.
Barcelona (88.2%) registered the highest passing accuracy in the Champions League this season.
Barcelona scored the 2nd most right footed goals (18) and most left footed goals (10) in the Champions League this season.
Barcelona (238) completed the most dribbles in the Champions League this season (no other team has more than 176).
Barcelona (7214) have the most accurate short passes in the Champions League this season (Bayern 2nd with 6818 and all other teams have less than 5500).
Barcelona (22) have the most through ball key passes in the Champions League this season.
Barcelona (4) have the most though ball assists in the Champions League this season.
Barcelona (180) suffered the most fouls in the Champions League this season.
22 different players featured for Barcelona in their Champions League journey, six of them scored and 11 of them assisted.
Messi and Neymar finished the Champions League season as top goal scorers (alongside Cristiano) with 10 goals.
Messi and Iniesta finished the Champions League season as top assist providers with five assists.
Messi to Neymar (3 assists) is the best assist provider to a teammate in the Champions League this season.
Messi-Neymar-Suárez (27) have scored more goals than any other team in the Champions League this season, except Bayern (33).
➢ Lionel Messi
Messi tops the goalscoring chart for the fifth time, an all-time record in the European Cup/Champions League, breaking Gerd Müller’s record.
Messi is the only player to complete 10 dribbles in a Champions League final and he did it twice: Wembley 2011 and Berlin 2015.
Messi is the youngest player ever to win 4 Champions League titles.
Messi (92) completed the most dribbles in the Champions League this season, at least 40 more than any other player.
With 92 successful dribbles, Messi broke his own record (79) set in 2010/11.
Messi completed 92 dribbles in Champions League 2014/2015, compared to 90 in the previous three Champions League seasons combined.
Messi (36) has the most key passes in the Champions League this season.
Messi was dispossessed of the ball on average 2.1 times per game in Champions League this season, less than any other previous season.
Messi scored five right footed goals in Champions League 2014/2015, same as in the previous five seasons combined.
In Champions League 2014/2015, Messi scored more right footed goals (5) than left footed goals (4)
Messi made 14 successful tackles in Champions League 2014/2015, more than in the previous 3 seasons combined.
Messi won 10 aerial duels in Champions League 2014/2015, more than he had won in the previous five seasons combined.
Messi was this season directly involved in 15 goals (scored 10 and assisted 5). Only in 2011/12 was he involved in more (19).
Messi completed 92 dribbles in the Champions League this season. Only 16 out of 2186 players in top 5 leagues had completed more dribbles this season.
Messi is the only player to score at least four goals with each foot in the Champions League this season. No other player has more than two each.
Messi (694) has the 3rd most accurate short passes in the Champions League this season.
Messi (9) has the most through ball key passes (two of them were scored) in the Champions League this season (no other player has more than four).
➢ Neymar Junior
Neymar is only the 2nd player in history to score in Copa Libertadores final and European Cup/Champions League final, after Crespo.
Neymar is the first player ever to score for Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals in both home and away games.
Neymar became the first Barça player ever to score in four consecutive Champions League games in the knockout stages of a season.
Neymar became the first player in Champions League history to score in four different games against the same club in a single season, against PSG.
Neymar (alongside Morata) are the only players to score in both quarterfinals legs, semifinals legs and in the final of a Champions League season.
Neymar (38) is the most fouled player in the Champions League this season.
➢ Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez is the first player in Barcelona's history to score six goals in his first six Champions League games for the club.
Luis Suárez is only 2nd Barcelona player to score at least six goals outside the Camp Nou in Champions League season, after Messi.
Suárez is one of three players to score for Barcelona in a Champions League final during his first season with the team, alongside Villa and Rakitic.
Suárez (11) has the most offside calls in the Champions League this season.
➢ Marc-André ter Stegen
ter Stegen became the first goalkeeper to play and win a Champions League final during his first season with a club.
ter Stegen is the 3rd Barça players to win a Champions League playing all the games, after Gio Van Bronkhorst (2005/2006) and Messi (2010/2011 and 2014/2015).
ter Stegen (97) has the second most accurate long balls in the Champions League this season (Kroos 117).
➢ Andrés Iniesta
Iniesta joins Seedorf as the only players to play and win four Champions League finals.
Iniesta is the first player ever to assist in three different Champions League finals.
Iniesta played four Champions League finals, more than any other player in Barcelona’s history.
In Champions League this term no player gave more assists than Iniesta (5).
Iniesta is the 4th Barça player to win the official UEFA "Man Of The Match" award in a Champions League final, after: 2006 Eto'o, 2009 Xavi, 2011 Messi.
➢ Xavi Hernández
Xavi became the first player ever to feature on 151 Champions League matches.
Xavi became the 4th player to receive the EC/Champions League trophy for Barcelona after Alexanco, Puyol and Abidal.
Xavi featured in 73% of the games Barcelona played in Champions League era.
➢ Ivan Rakitic
Rakitic is the only player from outside the attacking trio to score for Barcelona in a Champions League game outside the Camp Nou this season.
Rakitic is one of three players to score for Barcelona in a Champions League final during his first season with the team (alongside Villa and Suárez).
Rakitic (15) delivered the 2nd most accurate corner kicks in the Champions League this season.
➢ Dani Alves
Alves (6) received more yellow cards than any other player in the Champions League this season.
Alves (16) made the 2nd most accurate crosses in the Champions League this season.
Alves (27) committed the most fouls in the Champions League this season.
Alves (22) blocked the 3rd most passes in the Champions League this season.
Gerard Piqué (11) blocked the most crosses in the Champions League this season.
Sergio Busquets became the youngest player ever to play 3 whole Champions League finals (from start to end) and win them all.
➢ Collective Records
Messi-Neymar-Suárez is the first trio in history to finish a Champions League season with at least 7 goals each.
Messi-Neymar-Suárez surpassed Rivaldo-Kluivert-Luis Enrique (1999/2000) as Barcelona trio with most Champions League goals in a single season: 27 goals.
Messi and Neymar are the only duo in the history of European Cup/Champions League with 10+ goals each in a single season.
Messi, Piqué, Iniesta and Xavi won their 4th Champions League title, equaling Seedorf’s record.
Five different Barça players had 3+ assists in 2014/2015 Champions League Champions League (Messi, Iniesta, Alves, Suárez, Pedro), more than any other team.
Luis Enrique is the first manager in Barcelona's history to win nine of his first 10 Champions League games as the Barça’s manager.
All the assists for Barcelona's goals in the last three Champions League final played (2009, 2011, 2015) were given by La Masia graduates.
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