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Barcelona Broke Their Own Champions League Passing Record Against Borussia Monchengladbach


Barcelona broke their own Champions League passing record in their 4-0 thrashing of Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday.

Luis Enrique’s men attempted a staggering total of 991 passes at the Nou Camp, the most in the competition since Opta started taking records in the 2003/04 season.

It amounted to 73 per cent share of possession, and it beat their previous record of 971 passes which they set in a 2-0 win over Russian side Rubin Kazan in December 2010.

Of the 991 passes attempted, Barcelona completed 905 at a success rate of 91.3 per cent.

Remarkably, Barcelona occupy each of the top five spots for most passes attempted in a Champions League game. They recorded 960 against Bayer Leverkusen in March 2012, and they racked up 957 and 955 in two ties with Celtic in the following season.

Tuesday night’s victory featured a goal from Lionel Messi and a hat-trick from Arda Turan, but Barcelona’s top passer was Javier Mascherano. The former Liverpool man attempted 137 over the course of the 90 minutes, finding a team-mate with 126.

Midfielder Andre Gomes was second, attempting 126 passes at an incredible 98.4 per cent success rate, and he was followed by Andres Iniesta, Samuel Umtiti and Denis Suarez.

But while Barcelona’s passing totals were unprecedented against Borussia Monchengladbach, they are not the side to have attempted the most passes in this year’s Champions League.

That crown goes to Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich, who completed 4635 passes compared to Barcelona’s 4246 during the group stage.

Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus made up the rest of the top five, with Arsenal the top-ranked English team with 3536 attempted passes.

Tottenham were next on 3509 passes, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City – who had to face Barcelona twice – ranked 13th having only attempted 3150.

Leicester, meanwhile, completed just 2285 passes – the fifth fewest of the 32 sides to feature in the group stage.