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Andrew Tibot 4th May 2015 - 8:33

Champions League Semi-Finals First Leg Opta Facts

5-6 May 2015

Juventus - Real Madrid


Juventus and Real Madrid have met in six editions of the Champions League (since 1992), with the Old Lady progressing to the final on the only previous occasion they faced the Blancos in the semi-final stage (in 2003).


Overall, these two clubs have met 16 times in the Champions League/European Cup - Real Madrid lead the head to head record by eight wins to seven, with only one draw.

This solitary draw between these two sides came in their last meeting; 2-2 in Turin in November 2013.


Juventus have reached the semi-final of the Champions League/European Cup for the 11th time; with the most recent of these also coming against Real Madrid in 2002/03.


The Bianconeri have progressed to the final in seven of their previous 10 semi-final ties in the European Cup/Champions League.


Juventus have lost only one of their last 54 competitive games at home (W45, D8).

Real Madrid have reached a European Cup/Champions League semi-final for the 26th time. Of the previous 25 occasions, they have progressed to the final 13 times.


Real Madrid have been eliminated in their last three European semi-finals against Italian sides (Juventus 2003, Torino 1992 and AC Milan 1989).


In their three previous European semi-finals played against Spanish opponents, Juventus have made it through to the final on two occasions.


Real Madrid have attempted more shots on target (78) than any other side in the Champions League this season, and 29 more than Juventus (49).


Giorgio Chiellini is the player who's attempted the most passes in this Champions League (755), while Toni Kroos is that who's completed the most (683).


Cristiano Ronaldo alone has attempted 28 shots on target in this campaign (more than any other player) - Juve as a whole have 49.


In no other Champions League season has Iker Casillas conceded fewer goals than in the current term (6), only one of these goals came away from home.


Iker Casillas and Gigi Buffon are the only players from those clubs who took part to the 2003 semi-final and to still be in the current squads.


Carlo Ancelotti has won only five of his 23 previous meetings as a manager against Juventus in all competitions (D12, L6).


Carlos Tevez has scored as many goals in the Champions League this season (6) as he had in his five previous CL campaigns combined.


Only Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale have scored 92 goals for Real Madrid this season in all competitions - two more than the total of those scored by Juventus.




Barcelona - Bayern Munich

Bayern will make their 4th straight semi-final appearance in the Champions League which sets a new club record. Only two teams made more consecutive semi-final appearances in CL-history: Barcelona (6 from 2008-2013) and Real Madrid (5 from 2011-today).


Barcelona have only won one of their eight previous matches against Bayern Munich (D2 L5) in European competitions.


FC Bayern have won in three of their four visits (L1) to Camp Nou in European competitions. The German team are the last to have defeated Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the CL (3-0) in May 2013.


Bayern faced Barcelona twice before in a European Cup semi-final, both times Munich advanced to win the title (1996 UEFA-Cup, 2013 Champions League).


The last semi-final between Barcelona and Bayern in the Champions League (2012-13) ended in a 7-0 aggregate success for the German side - the biggest aggregate victory in a UEFA Champions League semifinal.


Barcelona have won eight successive CL games for the first time since 2002/03 (nine wins), scoring on average 2.5 goals/game in this run.


Bayern Munich have only won twice in their last seven away Champions League games (D2 L3) and are winless in their last three on the road in the competition (D1 L2).


Bayern have scored 30 goals this CL season, more than any other team. Munich are only one goal away from equaling their club record for most goals scored in a CL season (31 in 2012/13).


Bayern are the only team in CL history that have scored 6+ goals in three different matches of a single CL season.


Bayern have scored six headers in the CL this season which is most of all teams and a new club record for a single CL season (since detailed data collection in 2003/04).


Barcelona have failed to score in their last 197 minutes of play against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, since Seydou Keita's goal on 14th April 2009.


Nine of Bayern Munich's last 10 goals against Barcelona in the CL have come in the 2nd half.

Bayern Munich (66.1%) and Barcelona (63.9%) have the highest average possession figure in the Champions League this season.


Lionel Messi has been involved in three of Barcelona's last five goals against Bayern in the Champions League (2 goals, 1 assist).


Only Luiz Adriano has scored more goals (9) than the Argentinian forward (8) in the CL 2014/15.

Thomas Müller has scored his 27 goals in the Champions League (66 matches) and is now the top scoring German player in Champions League history.


Thomas Müller has scored three goals in two CL games against Barcelona, his favourite opponent alongside CSKA Moscow. He's been involved in four of Bayern's last seven goals against Barça in the CL (3 goals, 1 assist).


This will be the first time that Guardiola has faced Barcelona as an opposition manager - he won 14 titles/trophies in his four years with the Spanish club.



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