REVEALED: Manchester City have the BEST league record of any side left in the Champions League since the group stage ended… but which European giants are struggling for form ahead of the knockout stages?
- Manchester City have won 35 Premier League points from 39 since December 9
- They are closely followed in the list by Barcelona who have 32 points from 36
- Borussia Dortmund sit bottom of the pile given their recent Bundesliga struggles
- Chelsea and Liverpool also sit near the bottom despite the Blues’ recent upturn
Manchester City have gained the most points of any side left in the Champions League in their domestic league since the conclusion of the group stages, Mundo Deportivo have revealed.
The first set of matches in this season’s Champions League knockout stages begin on Tuesday evening with the remaining 16 teams putting out all the stops in search of European glory.
But it is Pep Guardiola’s men – who will face Borussia Moenchengladbach – who come into the round of 16 in the best domestic form having claimed 35 Premier League points from a possible 39 since their final group game against Marseille.
Manchester City have the best league record of any side left in the Champions League since the group stage ended in early December
Pep Guardiola’s men have claimed 35 points from a possible 39 since December 9
Guardiola’s side have won 11 of the 13 top-flight matches they have played since facing the French side on December 9, with the other two fixtures resulting in stalemates against Manchester United and West Brom.
City are closely followed by Guardiola’s former club Barcelona, with Ronald Koeman’s side having won 32 points from a possible 36 in LaLiga since their 3-0 humbling against Juventus at Camp Nou in early December.
Barcelona are back in European action on home soil on Tuesday evening against Paris Saint-Germain, who despite their Ligue 1 dominance over the last decade they sit just eighth in the list after taking 26 points from a possible 36 in a run which has included two defeats.
They are closely followed by Lionel Messi and Barcelona, who have won 32 points in LaLiga
Luis Suarez and LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid complete the top three with 28 points from 33
LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid meanwhile make up the top three after taking 28 points from the 33 that were available to them, while their last-16 opponents Chelsea find themselves in the bottom three.
The Blues have been in excellent recent form under new boss Thomas Tuchel, with the German winning four of his five top-flight games in charge.
But the five league defeats in eight games prior to Frank Lampard’s sacking last month means the club find themselves low down in the rankings with just 20 points from possible 39 despite.
Chelsea sit in the bottom three despite a recent upturn in form under new boss Thomas Tuchel
Liverpool are currently on a three-match losing streak and are also joint third from bottom
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool meanwhile are currently on a three-match losing streak in the Premier League for the first time since 2014 and sit on the same number of points in the same time period as their top-flight rivals ahead of their tie against RB Leipzig.
German outfit Borussia Dortmund meanwhile sit bottom of the pile before their two legs against Sevilla, having won four but lost five Bundesliga matches since defeating Zenit St Petersburg in their final Group F encounter.
Fellow Bundesliga side Gladbach sit just above them, but drawing games has been their issue with five stalemates coming about in the specified period, while Marco Rose’s side have suffered just two German top-flight defeats.
Spanish sides Real Madrid – who face Atalanta – and Sevilla occupy fifth and sixth in the list having claimed 29 points from a possible 36 since early December, while Bayern Munich and Juventus sit fourth and ninth respectively ahead of their matches against Lazio and Porto.
Erling Haaland and Borussia Dortmund sit bottom of the pile with just 14 points from a possible 33
Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus are ninth while Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich are sat in fourth
BEST LEAGUE RETURN AMONG CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SIDES SINCE DECEMBER 9
1) Manchester City – 35 points from possible 39 (11 wins – 2 draws – 0 defeats)
2) Barcelona – 32 points from possible 36 (10-2-0)
3) Atletico Madrid – 28 points from possible 33 (9-1-1)
4) Bayern Munich – 26 points from possible 33 (8-2-1)
5) Sevilla – 29 points from possible 36 (9-2-1)
5) Real Madrid – 29 points from possible 36 (9-2-1)
7) Porto – 22 from possible 30 (6-4-0)
8) PSG – 26 points from possible 36 (8-2-2)
9) Juventus – 25 points from possible 36 (8-1-3)
10) Atalanta – 26 points from possible 39 (7-5-1)
10) Lazio – 23 points from possible 36 (7-2-3)
12) Leipzig – 23 points from possible 33 (7-2-2)
13) Liverpool – 20 points from possible 39 (4-4-5)
13) Chelsea – 20 points from possible 39 (6-2-5)
15) Borussia Moenchengladbach – 17 points from possible 33 (4-5-2)
16) Borussia Dortmund – 14 points from possible 33 (4-2-5)