Europe’s elite football competition is back with round two of the group stages of the Champions League.
Valencia welcome Chelsea and former hero Juan Mata to the Mestalla hoping to prove that they are still a force to be reckoned with in his absence.
And thanks to our pals at Castrol, Sport-locker.net can bring you some interesting stats ahead of the match.
MATA COMES BACK HOME TO UPSET VALENCIA FANS
According to Castrol EDGE Performance data, Juan Mata inspired Chelsea’s opening matchday win in the 2011/12 Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen, making the most passes in the game and scoring a goal.
Just over a month after his move to Chelsea, Mata will make a homecoming when the Blues visit the Mestalla for the second game in Group E on Wednesday. The Spanish international made his Champions League debut with Valencia against his current team at Stamford Bridge in December 2007, and boasts a record of 33 goals scored in 129 league games for Valencia.
In the first game of this Champions League campaign, Mata sealed the Blues’ win with an injury time goal and was the player who attempted the most passes in the whole game (70), and created the most goal scoring chances (four).
Chelsea v Bayer Leverkusen – Champions League 2011-12
Mata displayed an all-round solid performance in an advanced midfield position, moving to both sides of the pitch and making at least 19 more touches in the opposition half than any other player in the game (67; second was Ashley Cole with 48).
Mata’s touches vs Bayer Leverkusen – Champions League (13/09/2011)
Champions League record
Minutes per Goal
Shots On Target
Shots Off Target
Shooting Accuracy %
Shots to Goal Conversion Rate %
Chances Created (inc assists)
Total Passes Made
Pass Accuracy %
Crosses & Corners
Successful Crosses & Corners
Unsuccessful Crosses & Corners
Cross & Corner Accuracy %
‘GOAL-MACHINE’ SOLDADO MUST REPLICATE LEAGUE FORM
Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that Roberto Soldado has found the net with more than one in four shots in La Liga since start of the 2010/11 campaign.
Amongst players who have scored 10 or more goals, only Lionel Messi has recorded a better conversion rate than Soldado in the last two La Liga seasons. The Valencia striker scored 18 goals in 34 appearances last term, and has five in the first five match-days of this campaign for Valencia, which makes him the most clinical player in the competition, behind only Messi.
Best Goals-to-shots ratio – La Liga (since 2010/11)
Shot Conversion Rate
Soldado failed to replicate such a killer instinct in the opposition box in the first Champions League game this season against Genk. Valencia attempted 19 shots in Belgium; only four sides fired in more on matchday one, but they couldn’t beat the opposition ‘keeper and were held to a goalless draw. Five of those shots were attempted by Soldado, who tested the Genk goalkeeper only once.
Most shots attempted on MD1 of the Champions League 2011-12
Shots on Target
Valencia’s Attempts vs Genk (13/09/2011)
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