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Milan vs Barça PHOTO: ARCHIVE - FCB

FC Barcelona have far more impressive stats in the Champions League games played so far than AC Milan. It is also no secret that the rival teams have very different approaches to the game, and the numbers back that up.

Possession: Barça trademark, Milanese concern

Control of the ball is what basically defines the FC Barcelona style, and the Catalans have been simply poetic in this aspect of the competition so far. Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and co have held 71% of possession in the six games played to date, equating to 45 minutes of real play. No other team in the round of 16 has stats that even compare with that.

AC Milan have only had 49% of the possession, one of the lowest totals in the competition, and which clearly reflects the way they are happy to cede possession to the other side, keep it tight at the back, and look for chances on the counter attack.

Another clear example of this clash of styles is how Barça have made 5,078 passes in six games, and completed 4,334 (85%) of them. That’s massively more than the 2,917 made by the Italians, of which just 1,967 (68%) have found their target.

Prowlers of the area again long-range kings

It’s not just in terms of dominating the possession and passing the ball around that Barça are proving far superior to the Serie A contenders. They are also scoring more goals, eleven (1.83 per game). Eight of these have been scored from inside the area and three from outside. The Italians have scored 7 times, and four of those were from long range and just three from inside the box. They’ve averaged 1.18 goals a game.

Barça have also shot more times, 61, with 40 of these efforts coming from inside the area and 21 from outside. Once again, the stats supplied by UEFA suggest the side coached by Massimiliano Allegri works the opposite way. Of their 46 attempts, 30 have been from outside and 16 from inside the area, suggesting that the Italians are more inclined to go for speculative long-range efforts, while Barça prefer to pass the ball through to the strikers prowling in the area.

 
GOALS 11 7
GOALS PER GAME 1,83 1,17
GOALS INSIDE AREA 8 3
GOALS OUTSIDE AREA 3 4
GOALS FROM HEAD 1 1
SHOTS ON GOAL 61 46
SHOTS INSIDE AREA 40 16
SHOTS OUTSIDE AREA 21 30
PASSES ATTEMPTED 5078 2.917
PASSES COMPLETED 4334 1.987
PASS EFFECTIVENESS 85% 68%
BALL POSSESSION 71% 49%
REAL MINUTES (PER MATCH) 45 29
CORNERS FOR 42 29
FOULS RECEIVED 91 91
FOULS COMMITTED 46 78
YELLOW CARDS 11 17
RED CARDS 1 0

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