The keys of Madrid in the Champions: To the touch … and to the gallop

Kroos is the player who passes the most of the tournament, with Modric third, and Mendy the one who runs the most, with the German on his heels

Zidane shifted his team’s center of gravity from a mythical lead, the BBC who was leading Christian Ronaldo, to a midfield that has also earned a place in the history of Madrid. The Modric, Kroos and Casemiro they give shape to the new proposal of the technician, and they look, like the own Zizou, his fourth Champions.

The official statistics of the highest continental competition confirm the importance of the three white media. Toni Kroos, in fact, leads the ranking of passes of the tournament, with 851 and a success rate higher than 90%. Ruben Dias, the Manchester City defender -also survivor among the four best teams in the competition- leads Luka by just one pass Modric, third on the list, which has two other madridistas in prominent places: Lucas Vazquez is eighth and Raphael Varane eleventh, despite the fact that neither of them was available in the last European game of the whites, the tie to zero in Anfield that gave Madrid the passport to the semifinals.

Kroos, omnipresent

The importance of Kroos becomes palpable when reviewing the rest of the data of the Champions 20-21. Madrid’s German midfielder appears again prominently in a classification, that of kilometers traveleds, in which he is third, with 98,381.

A list in which another Real Madrid player, Ferland, sends Mendy, which has exceeded 100 kilometers traveled. Specifically 102,703 meters covered by Madrid’s left-handed side who, like Kroos, has participated in the ten games played by Madrid in this edition of the top continental competition. In this ranking he sneaks back in Lucas Vazquez, which is ninth despite having played only eight games, a figure that, due to injury, will not be able to improve in the remainder of the year.


On a collective level, Madrid’s growth as a team in the playoffs (three wins and a draw) after overcoming a difficult group stage also carries over into the numbers. Of the four survivors in the Champions League, the whites are the team that shoots the most (14.6 shots per game), a record in which only the Bayern (already removed) is ahead. The Chelsea, the Whites’ rival in the lead up to the final, is eighth in this section (11.2 shots per game).

Zidane’s team also stands out when it comes to handling matches. Only the City, which will be measured at PSG In the other semifinal, they pass more than the whites, although their percentages of success are almost traced: 89% for the English and 88% For the spanish people. Madrid is also the second team that adds more minutes of possession per game, 37, a record that, again, only improves the group of Guardiola.

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