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Jon Riley 19th May 2011 - 13:37

Champions League Final Opta Stats

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Barcelona - Manchester United

  • Manchester Utd are the only unbeaten side in the Champions League this season (nine wins, three draws).
  • Barcelona's only defeat in the Champions League this season was in London, when they lost 2-1 at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium last February.
  • Barcelona are the best attacking side in this season's competition with 27 goals while Manchester Utd possess the best defence with four goals conceded in 12 games.
  • Barcelona are the only side to have completed more than 90% of passes in the Champions League this season (90.9%), whilst Xavi and Sergio Busquets are the only players to have completed more than 1,000 passes (1,103 and 1,035 respectively).
  • None of Manchester Utd's 18 goals in the Champions League this season have been headers.
  • Barcelona have never failed to score in their last 20 Champions League games. The last side to stop them from finding the net were Rubin Kazan in November 2009.
  • Barcelona were the last side to lift the Champions League trophy at Wembley when they won it in 1992 (1-0 v Sampdoria, after extra-time).
  • This will be the 11th meeting between Barcelona and Manchester Utd, in all competitions. The record is perfectly balanced with three wins each and four draws.
  • Their last meeting dates back to the 2009 Champions League final with Barcelona winning 2-0 at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
  • Their 10 previous meetings have seen a grand total of 31 goals, an average of 3.1 per game.
  • This is the seventh time Barcelona have reached the final of the Champions League/European Cup, including three in the last six editions. They have won it three times and finished runners-up three times.
  • Manchester Utd have reached their third Champions League final in the last four seasons. Their overall record in the Champions League/European Cup final is three wins and one defeat. The only side to beat them in the final are Barcelona, in 2009.
  • If Barcelona beat Manchester Utd at Wembley, Spain will overtake Italy in terms of most Champions League/European Cup trophies. At the moment, they are tied on 12 trophies each, with England a close third (11).
  • If Alex Ferguson lifts the trophy at Wembley, he will join Bob Paisley as the most decorated manager in the history of the Champions League/European Cup with three wins.
  • Alex Ferguson is the third manager to lead a team to four Champions League/European Cup finals (1999, 2008, 2009, 2011), after Miguel Muñoz and Marcello Lippi.
  • Lionel Messi is the top scorer this season in the Champions League with 11 goals. If he keeps hold of top spot, he would become the first player to win it outright in three consecutive seasons in the history of the European Cup. He is already Barcelona's leading scorer in the history of the competition (36 goals).
  • Edwin Van der Sar has the best saves-to-shots ratio in the Champions League this season, having saved 31 of 35 shots faced.
  • Van der Sar will become the oldest player to win the Champions League/European Cup if Manchester Utd are victorious. The oldest player to feature in the final will still be Juventus 'keeper Dino Zoff: he was 41 years and 86 days old when he played Hamburg in the 1983 final (lost 0-1).
  • Dimitar Berbatov has failed to score in his last 1134 minutes of action in the Champions League. His last goal in the competition dates back to October 2008 (v Celtic).

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