How the Premier League Ranks in This Season’s Champions League
The English Premier League became only the second team to enter five team’s in a single UEFA Champions League campaign this season following the Spanish La Liga 12 months ago.
Manchester United were the fifth entrant after winning last season’s Europa League, whilst Liverpool still had to go through the qualifying rounds to reach the group stage of this season’s competition.
The five English sides have made an excellent start to this season’s campaigns as we are now at the halfway stage of the group stage and they all remain unbeaten.
On Tuesday night Manchester City made it three wins from three as they beat Italian Serie A leaders Napoli 2-1 at the Etihad. Whilst that was going on, Tottenham Hotspur were impressive in holding defending champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Liverpool were convincing 7-0 victors in Maribor; their first win of this season’s competition was enough to end the night top of the group.
24 hours later and Manchester United maintained their 100% start to this season’s competition with a 1-0 win at Benfica courtesy of a bizarre goal from Marcus Rashford’s long-range free kick. Chelsea dropped points for the first time in this season’s campaign as they were held 3-3 in a thrilling game at home to AS Roma. However, Antonio Conte’s side remain two points ahead of the Italians in second and five ahead of Atlético Madrid who remain winless.
What this means is that the Premier League teams have won a combined 11 games from 15, drawing the other four – a win percentage of 73% and taking 82% of the points available. However, their is one league that has both a higher win and points percentage than England’s top flight as shown in the table below:
|Country||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Difference||Points Percentage|
Indeed the Turksih Süper Lig is being very well represented by surprise package Beşiktaş who have won all three of their group games as the country’s only representative in this season’s competition.
Şenol Güneş’ side have caused upset victories at both AS Monaco and FC Porto whilst beating Red Bull Leipzig 2-0 at home. They have a five-point lead at the top of their group already and are six points ahead of Porto in third.
Other team’s on a 100% win record after three games are Spain’s Barcelona and France’s Paris Saint-Germain, as well as the aforementioned two Manchester clubs. Paris Saint-Germain are the only club yet to concede a single goal having thrashed Celtic 5-0, Bayern Munich 3-0 and Anderlecht 4-0.
France’s win percentage is brought down by Monaco who have only taken one point from their opening three games. Barcelona have recorded exactly half of La Liga’s victories despite having four teams representing. Real Madrid have won two and drawn their other, whilst Sevilla have won one, drawn one and lost one. Atlético Madrid have drawn two of their games 0-0 and been beaten 2-1 at home by Chelsea.
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