Champions League Preview: Barcelona v AC Milan

Sport-locker.net preview the crunch Champions League tie between Barcelona and AC Milan at the Nou Camp tonight…

MESSI AND IBRAHIMOVIC HOLD THE KEYS TO SUCCESS

Ahead of tonight’s Champions League showdown between Barcelona and AC Milan, Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been the standout performers in the Champions League for their clubs this season.

Messi’s 12 goals have come at a rate of one every 60 minutes, boasting a 28% conversion rate. Alongside a phenomenal 87% pass completion rate and a chance created for a teammate every 31 minutes, Messi will be aiming to guide Barcelona through to the semi-finals.

However, Ibrahimovic has also been in top form, with five goals and three assists in only seven appearances. With an impressive 21% chance conversion rate and 58% shooting accuracy in the Champions League, Milan’s hopes lie firmly on the shoulders of their enigmatic talisman.

BUSQUETS AND VAN BOMMEL COMPETE FOR MIDFIELD SUPERIORITY

The performances in central midfield of Sergio Busquets and Mark van Bommel are both key to the prospects of their clubs, yet Castrol EDGE Performance data reveals the different talents they possess.

Busquets makes Barcelona tick with an average of 90 passes per game and a completion rate of 90%, creating 7 chances in the process. Van Bommell meanwhile has won 100% of his tackles in the competition (15), while also making 27 interceptions, far superior to Busquets’ 19.

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