Team with the most French players: AC Milan
With 4 French players starting (Mike Maignan, Théo Hernandez, Pierre Kalulu and Olivier Giroud), in addition to two substitutes Tiémoué Bakayoko and Yacine Adli, AC Milan is the team with the most French features to participate in the quarterfinals. They ranked above both Bayern Munich (with 5 French players including Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Mathys Tel and Kingsley Coman) and Real Madrid (with 4 French players: Ferland Mendy, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Karim Benzema).
Chelsea have two French players in the squad but both have not featured regularly this season due to injury. Wesley Fofana is just beginning to make a mark and gradually occupy the official position. Meanwhile, N’Golo Kanté has just returned from a hamstring injury for a few days. Napoli also have a French player, Tanguy Ndombele, and he has appeared in most of the matches of the team from Naples.
The remaining 3 teams, Man City, Inter Milan and Benfica all do not use a French player to compete in the Champions League this season.
Best football team: Manchester City
Coach Pep Guardiola has always stuck to a way of playing that favors possession and he is still showing his philosophy at Man City. With technical players in the midfield like Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez or Rodri, The Citizens always know how to hold the ball and control the game.
They are even the team that reached the quarter-finals with the highest percentage of possession (64.2%), more than Bayern Munich (62.9%). Next are Benfica (62.8%), Napoli (60.4%), Real Madrid (59.1%), and Chelsea (58.2%).
Italian teams are no exception to the rules of pasta football. They always appreciate the certainty in defense, especially the two Milan clubs. Inter Milan (53.6%) and AC Milan (52.4%) are the two teams with the lowest percentage of possession among the eight teams that reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season.
Best attacking team: Bayern Munich
The German champions have scored the most goals in all competitions compared to all the teams that have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2022/23. Accordingly, Bayern has a rate of up to 3.08 goals / match, far surpassing the following teams such as Benfica (2.49), Napoli (2.49) or Man City (2.45). Chelsea is the team with the lowest scoring rate (1.08).
The defending champion Real Madrid only has a scoring rate of 2.17 goals per game. They ranked above Inter Milan (1.73 goals/match) and AC Milan (1.56 goals/match).
In the European arena, the Bavarian team also proved its hegemony when it scored 21 goals since the beginning of the current season, including 18 in the group stage. Bayern are also the team with the most shots (18.9 shots per game in all competitions) and the most on target (8.4 shots per game). Benfica is the team behind them in these stats.
The team most at risk of stopping: AC Milan or Benfica
Of the 8 teams that won the right to the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2022/23, 5 are highly appreciated. The first is Real Madrid, the team that holds the record with 14 crowns and is the defending champion of the tournament. Next is Bayern Munich with 6 crowns and the most recent is 2020.
Chelsea have also had 2 crowns with the last time being in 2021. Man City, although never won Europe’s most prestigious club competition, has reached the final in 2021 and reached the semi-finals last year.
Meanwhile, Napoli is leading in Serie A with a gap of 16 points compared to second-placed Lazio and has impressive performance in the Champions League. Accordingly, they ranked first in the group stage, ahead of Liverpool (with equal points but more in goal difference). In the 1/8 round, Luciano Spaletti’s team defeated Germany’s Frankfurt with a total score of 5-0.
Thus, the remaining 3 teams can play the role of outsiders in the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2022/23. Those are two Milan teams along with Portugal’s Benfica.
Inter Milan and AC Milan have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 11 and 10 years, respectively. The last time the Nerazzurri reached the round of eight of Europe’s most prestigious club tournament was in 2011. Meanwhile, the last time the Rossoneri reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League was in 2012.
This is proof that these two teams have fallen too much in the European Cups in the past decade. Both are far behind Napoli in Serie A and are not confident when entering the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Both Inter and Milan are only 2nd in the group stage with 3 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. In the 1/8 round, they all overcame their opponents with a total score of 1-0.
Meanwhile, Benfica won first place in Group H, above PSG. In the 1/8 round, they defeated Club Brugge with a total score of 7-1 and are still unbeaten in this tournament (6 wins, 2 draws). The Lisbon club seems to be in better form than the two Milan teams. But their lack of experience going deep in the league in recent years may have left them unappreciated.