UEFA Champions League - Quarter Finals 2ng leg
Bayern Munich (27/100) – Villarreal (10/1)
April 12th 2022 / KO 20:00
- Bayern Munich’s defeat against Villarreal in the first leg was their 20th against a Spanish team in European competition, their most against sides from a specific nation. Both of the previous occasions they have lost both legs of a UEFA Champions League knockout tie have been against Spanish opposition (v Real Madrid in the 2013-14 semi-finals and 2016-17 quarter-finals).
- This will be Villarreal’s second ever away game against a German side in the UEFA Champions League – the previous one was also against Bayern Munich, with the Yellow Submarine losing 1-3 in the 2011-12 group stage.
- Bayern Munich are looking to progress from a UEFA Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg for the first time since the 2014-15 quarter-finals (1-3 away, 6-1 at home v FC Porto). The German side have been eliminated in each of the last five instances since beating FC Porto, with four of their eliminations coming against Spanish teams (Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid x2).
- Bayern Munich are looking to avoid being eliminated in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in consecutive seasons, having also lost at this stage in 2020-21 (v Paris Saint-Germain). Prior to last season, Bayern had only been eliminated in one of their last nine ties in the quarter-finals of the competition (against Real Madrid in 2016-17).
- Villarreal manager Unai Emery is looking to progress beyond the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in his career. The only previous time his side won a first leg in the knockout stages of the competition (Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Barcelona in 2016-17), they became the first side ever to be eliminated in the knockout stages of the competition after winning the first leg by 4+ goals.
- In the reverse fixture, Villarreal became the first team to keep a clean sheet against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League since Liverpool in February 2019. Bayern haven’t gone consecutive games without scoring in the competition since the 2013-14 semi-finals against Real Madrid (0-1 away, 0-4 at home).
- Only four of Bayern Munich’s 22 shots in the first leg against Villarreal were on target – the fewest by a team to attempt more than 20 shots in a UEFA Champions League game this season.
- Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has scored two hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League this season, with both coming in home games (v Benfica and RB Salzburg). Only Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015-16 (for Real Madrid) has ever scored three hat-tricks within a single campaign in the competition.
- Villarreal’s Arnaut Danjuma has scored six goals in the UEFA Champions League this season, with only three players remaining in the 2021-22 competition having netted more (Robert Lewandowski 12, Karim Benzema 11 and Mohamed Salah 8). Not since 2004-05 has a Dutch player scored more than six times in a UEFA Champions League campaign, with Ruud van Nistelrooy (8) and Roy Makaay (7) both doing so that season.
- Leroy Sané has been directly involved in 12 goals for Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League this season (six goals, six assists). Since 2003-04 (as far back as data is available), this is the joint-most direct goal involvements by a German player in a single season in the competition, along with Mario Gomez in 2011-12 (12 goals, while also playing for Bayern).
Real Madrid (13/8) – Chelsea (8/5)
April 12th 2022 / KO 20:00
- Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge was their first victory against Chelsea in European competition, having drawn two and lost three of their first five such meetings. The last side to win both legs against Chelsea in a UEFA Champions League knockout tie was Bayern Munich in the Round of 16 in 2019-20.
- This will be Chelsea’s first ever game at the Santiago Bernabeu in European competition, with last season’s away game at Real Madrid being played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium. No English side has ever won at the Santiago Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League by more than a single goal, with Real Madrid only losing three of the 12 games overall (W6 D3).
- Real Madrid have progressed from nine of their previous 10 ties in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages when winning the first leg away from home, with their only elimination in this scenario coming against Ajax in 2018-19 (2-1 away, 1-4 at home).
- Chelsea trail by two goals from the first leg at Stamford Bridge, while they will have to equal their biggest margin of victory away from home in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages to enforce extra time (won by two goals on three occasions). They have only scored more than two goals away from home in the knockout stages of the competition once previously, beating Liverpool 3-1 in 2008-09.
- In Thomas Tuchel’s 16 games in charge of Chelsea in the competition, 40% of the goals that they have conceded in the UEFA Champions League (4/10) have been scored by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Despite only having played one leg, this is already the most goals Chelsea have conceded in a knockout tie in the competition under Tuchel (3).
- Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking to qualify for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the eighth time in his career; the joint-most by a coach in the competition’s history, along with Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho (eight times).
- Karim Benzema has scored 11 goals for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League this season, already the most by a French player in a single campaign in European Cup/UEFA Champions League history. His 11 goals this season is as many as he had scored in the previous two editions of the tournament combined (six in 2020-21 and five in 2019-20).
- No Chelsea player has been directly involved in more UEFA Champions League goals under Thomas Tuchel than Christian Pulisic (6 – three goals, three assists), while the American also scored the Blues’ only goal away to Real Madrid in last season’s semi-final.
- Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema (1) and Vinícius Júnior (4) have assisted each other a combined five times in the UEFA Champions League this season; the most of any teammate duo. Indeed, Vinícius Júnior’s four assists for Benzema is also the most from one player to another in 2021-22.
- Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy conceded three goals in the first leg against Real Madrid, as many as he had in his previous 10 appearances in the UEFA Champions League combined. His error leading to Real Madrid’s third goal was also the first one he has made in 20 appearances in the competition.
Liverpool (2/7) – Benfica (9/1)
April 13th 2022 / KO 20:00
- Liverpool won 3-1 in the first leg in Lisbon – the Reds have gone on to win the competition in the previous two occasions in which they have won both legs in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League knockout stage tie against Benfica, doing so in 1977-78 and 1983-84.
- Only two teams have ever won by more than one goal away to Liverpool in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, however one of those instances was by Benfica (2-0 in 2005-06 in the Round of 16) – the other being Chelsea’s 3-1 win there in the 2008-09 quarter-finals.
- Liverpool have won each of their last five games against Portuguese sides in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 16 goals and only conceding three times. Overall, they’re unbeaten in nine games against Portuguese in the competition since Benfica won at Anfield in March 2006 (W7 D2).
- Liverpool have progressed from each of their last 12 ties in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages after winning the first leg, with their last – and only – elimination in this scenario coming in the 2001-02 quarter-finals against Bayer Leverkusen (1-0 in first leg, 2-4 in the second leg).
- Benfica have only won one of their last nine away games in the UEFA Champions League (D3 L5), although that victory did come in the last round as they eliminated Ajax (1-0 last month). They have only won consecutive away games in the competition once previously, doing so in September-October 2011 under Jorge Jesus.
- Liverpool are looking to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the third time under Jürgen Klopp, which is as many times as the Reds had managed to do so in the competition prior to Klopp taking charge (2004-05, 2006-07 and 2007-08, all under Rafa Benítez).
- Mohamed Salah has scored 14 goals in 23 appearances for Liverpool at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League – his next home goal will see him overtake Steven Gerrard (14) for the most goals scored by a Liverpool player at Anfield in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.
- Darwin Núñez has scored five goals in nine UEFA Champions League appearances for Benfica this season, while no player has ever netted more for the Portuguese side in a single season in the competition (Nuno Gomes with five in 1998-99).
- Since the start of the 2017-18 season – Liverpool’s first under Jürgen Klopp in the UEFA Champions League – only Robert Lewandowski (54) has been involved in more goal-ending sequences of play than Mohamed Salah (46) in the competition.
- Among players with 500 minutes played in the UEFA Champions League this season, Benfica’s Rafa has the highest average carry distance of any winger in the competition. The Portuguese has made 94 carries (moving 5+ metres with the ball) in total, covering an average of 13.9 metres per carry.
Atlético Madrid (4/1) – Manchester City (3/4)
April 13th 2022 / KO 20:00
- This season is the fourth time Atlético Madrid have lost the first leg of a UEFA Champions League knockout tie away from home – Diego Simeone’s side have progressed on two of the three previous occasions, however, eliminating Barcelona in 2015-16 (3-2 on aggregate) and Bayer Leverkusen in 2014-15 (1-1 on aggregate, progressing in a penalty shootout).
- This will be Manchester City’s first every away game against Atlético Madrid in European competition – the Citizens have won just three of their previous 11 away games against Spanish opponents (D1 L7), however one of those came on their most recent such trip under Pep Guardiola (2-1 v Real Madrid in February 2020).
- After a run of nine victories in 10 home games between November 2017 and October 2020, Atlético Madrid are winless in their last seven home games in the UEFA Champions League (D4 L3) - their last win in the competition on home soil came in October 2020 (3-2 v RB Salzburg).
- Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has faced Atletico Madrid away from home on six previous occasions as a manager (W3 D3), with the most recent of those being a 0-1 defeat in the UEFA Champions League while in charge of Bayern Munich in 2015-16. This will be Guardiola’s first away game at the Wanda Metropolitano.
- Atlético Madrid failed to attempt a shot in the first leg against Manchester City. Since 2003-04, the fewest shots recorded by a team across two legs of a UEFA Champions League knockout tie is four, by Shakhtar Donetsk against Bayern Munich in 2014-15. The only team to have failed to record a shot on target across two legs in this period was Deportivo La Coruña in the 2003-04 semi-finals against FC Porto.
- This will be Manchester City’s 100th game in the UEFA Champions League – the Citizens have won 55 of their first 99, which is already the most by an English side through a century of games in the competition. Overall, only Real Madrid have won more of their first 100 games in the UEFA Champions League (57).
- Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has scored 29 goals in his career in the UEFA Champions League – should he score in this game, he would overtake David Trezeguet (29) for the fourth-most goals by a French player in the competition, trailing only Karim Benzema (82, as of the first leg), Thierry Henry (50) and Kylian Mbappé (33).
- Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals across his last six away games in the UEFA Champions League. The Algerian has scored in three consecutive away games in the knockout stages of the competition; should he score in this match, only Cristiano Ronaldo will have scored in more such games consecutively (6 - 2013-2015).
- Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in 67% of Atlético Madrid’s goals in the UEFA Champions League this season (6/9 – four goals, two assists); the highest ratio of any player for his team among the eight quarter-finalists in 2021-22.
- João Cancelo has been directly involved in five goals for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League this season (two goals, three assists); the joint-most by a full back in one of Pep Guardiola’s teams in a single campaign in the competition, along with Dani Alves in 2010-11 (also two goals, three assists).