With all of Europe’s top five leagues now finished for the 2019/20 season, August will see the completion of the Champions League.
The biggest club competition in Europe will pit some of the best names against one another as they battle to win the famous trophy.
With some sides chasing doubles, trebles or simply the chance to win the competition for the first time in the club’s history, it’s sure to be an exciting month of football.
Ahead of its return tomorrow, here’s a look at the Top 10 Average Match Day Scorers of the Champions League so far…
Toni Kroos – 283 Average Match Day Score
The man that keeps Real Madrid ticking at the heart of their midfield. There are few players that can dictate the tempo of a game better than Toni Kroos, with his quality on the ball a huge reason as to why he has such a high average Match Day score in the Champions League.
Only Sergio Ramos (93%) and Raphael Varane (92%) have recorded a better passing accuracy than Kroos in this season’s competition (91%), while he’s also chipped in with a goal and assist in the group stages.
He was an unused substitute in the first-leg home defeat to Manchester City, so expect Kroos to be restored to the starting lineup as Los Blancos look to overturn a 2-1 deficit and avoid an exit at the round of 16 stage for a second consecutive season.
Robert Lewandowksi – 249 Average Match Day Score
The top scorer in the Champions League this season with 11 goals in six games, Robert Lewandowksi is enjoying the season of his life.
It’s already his most prolific campaign in the competition, while he’s also registered two assists that both came during the 3-0 round of 16 first-leg win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Since the restart, Lewandowski already has 12 goals in just 10 games in both the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal – competitions that Bayern Munich won – so the Pole will want to maintain his form going into the Champions League and secure the club their second-ever treble.
Alphonso Davies – 235 Average Match Day Score
The Road Runner himself. Alphonso Davies well and truly announced himself in the 2019/20 season, going from a bit-part player to their first-choice left-back and recipient of the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Year award all in his first full season.
Blessed with blistering pace and genuine quality in the final third, Davies has become vital for Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich, with the Canadian international already registering two assists in four games in the Champions League this season.
His assist for Lewandowski’s goal against Chelsea was Davies in a nutshell and is something we could see a lot more of during August as Die Roten look to reach the latter stages of the competition.
Thiago – 232 Average Match Day Score
Although Thiago looks set to leave Bayern Munich this season, that’s not to say that the Bundesliga side won’t utilise the obvious quality the Spaniard possesses while he’s still at the club.
The 29-year-old has a metronomic effect in midfield for Bayern, with only Benjamin Pavard (553) and Joshua Kimmich (558) attempting more passes for them in the competition this season than Thiago (519), while having a better passing accuracy then the aforementioned duo (92%, compared to 91% and 87% respectively).
He did though find regular minutes hard to come by in the latter stages of the season, with Flick preferring a midfield three of Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller further ahead. However, the injury to Pavard, as unfortunate as it is, offers Thiago a route back into the starting lineup, which certainly wouldn’t lessen Bayern’s quality in the centre of the pitch.
Serge Gnabry – 230 Average Match Day Score
The former Gunner that has conquered London twice in the Champions League this season, Serge Gnabry has developed into a fine attacking player for Bayern Munich.
His best moment in the competition this season was undoubtedly his four-goal haul against Tottenham during Bayern’s 7-2 win in the group stages, as well as providing an assist, while also netting a brace in the last 16 first-leg win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The 25-year-old provides great balance down the right-hand side, as well as pace and directness, while now possessing a ruthlessness in front of goal that makes him one of many threats in this Die Roten team.
Ilkay Gundogan – 207 Average Match Day Score
Perhaps not the first name that springs to mind for Manchester City when discussing their squad, but Ilkay Gündogan is a quality player – as we all know – and key one for City that has impressed in the competition this season.
He’s played in every game for them in the Champions League this season, completing more passes than any other player in Pep Guardiola’s side (555). The German is also good for the odd goal from midfield – in this instance two in the competition this season – as well as an assist.
Flitting between the holding midfield position to one other the two more advanced positions, Gündogan has plenty to offer in the centre of the park, so don’t be surprised if he starts against Real Madrid on Friday.
Memphis Depay – 207 Average Match Day Score
Lyon will be delighted to have Memphis Depay back from injury ahead of their Champions League last 16 second-leg tie with Juventus, as they look to reach the quarter-finals following their 1-0 win in the first leg.
Prior to his stint on the sidelines, Depay was in great form for the Ligue 1 side, with 14 goals in all competitions, five of which came in five Champions League games, including the equaliser in their final group game against RB Leipzig to get them into the knockout stages.
Whether it be as a central striker or off the left, Depay offers plenty wherever he plays, the biggest being his finishing ability, which is so important if and when Lyon get chances against a Juventus side that are chasing a result.
Riyad Mahrez – 199 Average Match Day Score
The right-hand side of Manchester City’s forward line has been well and truly claimed by Riyad Mahrez, with the Algerian showing visible signs of improvement following his debut season there in 2018/19.
While 11 of his 12 goals this season have come in the Premier League, Mahrez has provided more assists than any other City player in the Champions League this season (four), showing he can pick the passes as well as score the goals.
With Real Madrid needing to score twice, at least, in the second leg of their last 16 tie, that could leave plenty of space at the back for City to exploit on the counter-attack; which will be music to the ears of Mahrez and the rest of City’s forward line.
Benjamin Pavard – 196 Average Match Day Score
A steady presence at right-back for Bayern Munich, Benjamin Pavard has been a great addition following his arrival at the beginning of the season.
While not quite offering the same gung-ho approach that Davies does at left-back, Pavard makes up for that in terms of his defensive duties and economy on the ball, with no Bayern Munich player completing more passes than him in the Champions League this season (503).
That’s not to say he doesn’t get forward, as he still does, registering two assists in the competition this season, but it’s his defensive contribution for Bayern, either in play or at set-piece situations, that he truly shines and will undoubtedly be a huge miss as he’s set for a spell on sidelines due to a metatarsal injury.
Neymar – 195 Average Match Day Score
Despite only featuring in four of Paris Saint-Germain’s seven Champions League games this season (one of which as a substitute) Neymar sneaks into the top 10 of this list due to what he’s done when he’s available.
He still has three goals and two assists in the competition, including scoring in both legs of their last 16 triumph over Borussia Dortmund to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2015/16.
With Kylian Mbappe set to miss their quarter-final tie against Atalanta, plenty will be expected from Neymar, with the Brazilian certainly able to produce on the big occasions.