The 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals produced a good number of goals over the two legs. Funny enough, there was no comeback from any of the sides that were disadvantaged from the outcome of the first leg encounters. The teams who swung into productive action in the first leg were the ones who ended up qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament.
Only one tie in the round failed to produce any goal, and it worked to Juventus’ advantage as they wouldn’t mind playing goalless all day and all night at the Camp Nou after their first leg result. Four teams have progressed to the semi-finals. Juventus, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Monaco.
Monaco! How good are they? The French club is definitely the dark horse of the competition. Leonardo Jardim’s men haven’t seemed to break a sweat in dispatching every of their opponent in the knock-out stages of the UCL thus far. They surprising eliminated Dortmund with relative ease, as they won both ties convincingly.
Kylian Mbappe has been the one providing most of the crucial goals for them up to this stage. The youngster has been very impressive this season and has shown his quality in the UCL. However, they seem to be the least experienced side and possess the least quality by names and on paper amongst the teams in the last 4 of the competition but it would be suicidal to write them off.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 5 goals over the two legs of the quarter-final fixtures against quality opposition and tournament favorite. A brace and then a hat-trick. Good progression, we must say! Very clinical and unplayable on his day. His UCL goal record is unmatched and will be for seasons to come.
The round of matches produced lots of actions and controversies with Real Madrid being the club at the center of most of the controversies. Nevertheless, the numbers that emerged from the second leg of the 4 encounters were impressive and we take a look at them below.
- Juventus’ 4-2-3-1 annulled the effectiveness of Barcelona’s 4-3-3 on the night resulting in a 0:0 draw. Juventus kept a clean sheet in both legs. Surprising, when you consider the talents that Barcelona parade in attack. Kudos to Juventus
- Monaco’s 4-4-2 was enough to see out a 3:1 victory over Dortmund’s 4-1-4-1 on the night
- Leicester’s 4-4-1-1 didn’t give them the optimum result they would have needed over Atletico’s 4-4-2 as they drew 1:1, with Atletico the being the beneficiaries of the result
- Real Madrid’s 4-3-3 proved difficult for Bayern to outman and outwit with their 4-1-4-1
- The least used formation on paper in the second leg was 4-2-3-1 by Juventus
- 1 own goal was scored over the two nights – Sergio Ramos
- 1 penalty was awarded over the two nights – Bayern Munich, and it was converted by Lewandowski
- 1 red card was brandished over the two nights – Arturo Vidal
- 10 yellow cards were brandished
- Bayern received the bulk of the yellow cards – 5
- The games between Leicester vs Atletico and Monaco vs Dortmund produced no cards
- 12 goals were scored over the two nights of footballing action
- 8 goals were scored by the home sides while 4 were scored by the away sides
- The Juventus versus Barcelona fixture was the only game without a goal
- Real Madrid scored the most goals at home – 4
- Only 1 hat-trick over the two nights of football – Cristiano Ronaldo
- Bayern Munich scored the most goals away from home – 2
- The possession lords over the two nights of football were Borussia Dortmund – 62%
- The pass masters were Bayern Munich with 596 completed passes. Monaco made the least passes – 207
- Barcelona had the least shot on target – 1. Real Madrid had the most shots on target – 12
Our star man of the round is definitely CR7! The effective and clinical sides in the opposition box were the ones that qualified for the semifinals of the 2016/2017 UCL competition. The semifinal fixtures will be entertaining to watch and we look forward to more tactical battles on the touchline and on the field of play.