Real Madrid seeks to plug Ronaldo scoring gap – Champions League in Opta numbers

We examine the numbers behind Wednesday's matches as Real Madrid begins its Champions League defence without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo with the Champions League trophy.   -  Getty Images

Real Madrid set out to prove its Champions League dominance is not dependant on Cristiano Ronaldo when Roma visits the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

The holder was dumped out in the Round of 16 the last time it commenced a campaign without the 33-year-old, whose hopes of inspiring Juventus to success get an early test away to Valencia.

Both Manchester clubs are involved on the same day as City meets Lyon for the first time and United, away to Young Boys, attempts to reverse a poor recent record in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, in Portugal, Bayern Munich will look to prolong Benfica's long wait for a drought-breaking Champions League result.

Below, we examine the key Opta numbers behind Wednesday's matches.


Ajax v AEK Athens

24 – Ajax and AEK Athens were last drawn in the same Champions League group 24 years ago (1994-95), with the Dutch side going on to win the competition that season.

7 – Ajax is unbeaten in its last seven games against Greek teams in European competition (W4 D3), with its last such defeat coming against Olympiakos in a Champions League meeting in October 1998 (0-1).


Shakhtar Donetsk v Hoffenheim

8 – All eight of Hoffenheim's previous games in European competition have seen both teams score.

64 – Excluding own goals, Brazilian players have accounted for 64 per cent of Shakhtar Donetsk's goals in the Champions League.

Real Madrid v Roma

50 – Portugal superstar Ronaldo was directly involved in exactly 50 per cent of Madrid's goals in the Champions League from 2009-10 to 2017-18 (105 goals, 27 assists).

9 – It has been nine years since Madrid last lost a group stage game at home, beaten 3-2 on that occasion by AC Milan.


Valencia v Juventus

77 – Massimiliano Allegri is set to take charge for the 77th time in the Champions League, taking him outright third among Italian coaches behind Carlo Ancelotti (153) and Fabio Capello (78).

120 – Ronaldo, the competition's all-time leading scorer, has scored 120 goals in 153 appearances in the Champions League.


Benfica v Bayern Munich

7 – Benfica is on a seven-match losing streak in the Champions League, conceding 18 goals and scoring just once in that run.

10 – Thomas Muller has scored in each of the last 10 Champions League campaigns, the longest sequence of any player for Bayern Munich in the club's history.


Viktoria Plzen v CSKA Moscow

92 – CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has conceded 92 goals in 55 Champions League matches, keeping just seven clean sheets.

6 – Viktoria Plzen has won each of its last six European fixtures on home soil, but in the Champions League it has prevailed just once in its previous six outings.


Manchester City v Lyon

7 – Pep Guardiola has reached the last four in seven of his nine seasons as a manager in the Champions League, though he has not made it to the final since 2011.

15 – This is Lyon's 15th appearance in the competition, the most of any French club. It last reached the knockout stages in 2011/12.


Young Boys v Manchester United

2 – Manchester United has lost on each of its last two Champions League trips to Switzerland. Basel beat it 2-1 in December 2011 and 1-0 in November 2017.

5 – Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in his previous two meetings with Young Boys, including a hat-trick for Everton in the Europa League in the 2014/15 campaign.

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