The club that topped the possession charts in the 2022-23 Champions League season is Spanish side Barcelona. The Catalan giants were eliminated from the competition in the group stage itself, however, their record still stands in the tournament. There are advantages to having more possession as it always allows a team to dictate the tempo of the game. However, keeping hold of the ball is not enough for a side to get the victory. It is also about what a team does with the ball at their feet, which defines their chances of winning a game.
There are many out there who does not care about having a lot of ball possession. They have a well-structured counter-attacking plan in their disposal, hence they would be happy to let the opposition have most of the ball. Whenever these teams get the ball, they hit them on the break with breath-taking speed. Hence, a team could have the majority of the ball during a match but it does not necessarily guarantee them the victory. Either way, some teams prefer to play with possession football to gain more advantage in a game.
Pep Guardiola’s present and former clubs top the table
Barcelona are placed first in the most possession chart with 62.5% of the ball in the current Champions League campaign. They are followed closely by Manchester City with 59.7% possession. It is not a surprise to see these two teams top this table. Pep Guardiola’s sides are known to dominate the ball during the game. Guardiola rose to fame during his time with Barcelona, as he reached unimaginable heights with the Catalan giants. They are known for keeping hold of the ball and starve the opponents off possession during the 90 minutes.
Whenever Barcelona used to lose the ball, they will quickly win it back with their intense pressing tactics. It was the hallmark of Pep Guardiola’s side. Hence, it is not a surprise to see the Spanish side still dominate the ball despite Guardiola leaving the club a long while ago. The same is the case with current Guardiola side Manchester City. They are the defending champions in the Premier League and are known to have similar traits of his previous Barcelona side. Man City also have plenty of ball possession during a game and will quickly try to win it back when they lose the ball.
Real Madrid are seventh in the table
Defending champions Real Madrid are placed seventh in this list. They have managed 54% possession in the current Champions League season. Real are one of those teams that are capable of playing football in a variety of ways. They can play possession football and are also good with counter-attacking style of play. It is this flexibility which makes them a team to fear. There are also other big clubs like Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in this list. Read the table below to find out more about the clubs with most possession in the current Champions League campaign.
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