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Power ranking for the 4th matchday of the Champions League: Only one team ahead of FC Bayern

On match day 4 of the Champions League, FC Bayern clinched their fourth win and thus gained two places. BVB slips a bit, while FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin have arrived in a finally threatening situation. The Power Ranking powered by CREATE FOOTBALL.

Our innovative Champions League Power Ranking is the most accurate on the market thanks to the use of smart data and was developed by the data analysts of CREATE FOOTBALL developed. It is based on more than 30 meaningful data parameters that determine the CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE together with the team strengths, the injury situation and the degree of rotation of the coach! Each team can achieve a score of 0-100 points per game day, which primarily relates to the most recent game, but also partly to the overall performance in the competition.

32nd place: Rangers (was 30th)

After a racy start, it was Scott Arfield who scored Rangers’ first Champions League goal in twelve years. In the further course of the first half, a wild exchange of blows developed, in which both teams had major problems in building up the game due to technical defects. In the second half of the game, the Scots had to do without defender Connor Goldson due to injury and left-back Borna Barisic, who was actually so experienced, was overrun several times by substitute Mo Salah. The sticking point for the very clear 1:7 defeat, however, was John Lundstram: the six won only a fraction of his duels, moreover did not manage to regularly bring in the many balls in depth and thus initiated counterattacks by Liverpool. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 20

31st place: Viktoria Pilsen (was 31st)

Now with 16 goals conceded in the first four games of the group stage, Viktoria Pilsen remains one of the weakest teams in the ‘Group of Death’. After all, the Czechs scored twice against the German record champions after they had shifted down several gears and replaced top performers. Pilsen was not able to counteract the high level of dominance in the first few minutes, only when the two defensive midfielders Lukas Kalvach and Pavel Bucha gained a little more access against the ball and won a few duels were Bayern kept away from their own goal a little better. In the second half, Bayern allowed Pilsen more and more, and the hosts scored two consolation goals thanks to the quality of the cross in their own squad and the two crosses from Libor Holik. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 25

30th place: Celtic FC (was 27th)

A lot of commitment and will, some top-class chances and yet again no points: This year’s Champions League season is coming to an end for Ante Postecoglu’s “Bhoys” with one of twelve points after four games. Celtic were particularly courageous in part two of the first half, pressing Leipzig high and effectively in their own half in typical RB style. However, the Scots missed all of the five great chances that arose from this during the course of the game. The extremely active eighth Matt O’Riley, with his good passing quality and a total of 27 tackles, was an absolute key player against Leipzig, but failed in all four of his goals. In the end, Celtic lost 2-0. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 34

29th place: FC Copenhagen (was 32nd)

After Copenhagen had suffered badly in Manchester last week and was able to thank goalkeeper Kamil Grabara in particular for the fact that it was only 0:5 in the end, the Danes used the home game against Manchester City (0:0) to win to make amends for a strong fighting performance against English players who had been playing for a long time with ten players. After Sergio Gomez was sent off, FCK used the rather passive behavior of the guests for orderly build-up actions, mostly via the centrally acting Nicolai Boilesen. Nevertheless, they had big problems in the last third, let alone penetrating the penalty area (only six ball actions in the box in 90 minutes). Accordingly, all six attempts by Jacob Neestrup’s team were harmless, for which the direct duel against FC Sevilla is probably only about moving into the Europa League. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 37

28th place: Bayer Leverkusen (was 21st)

Despite the third bankruptcy overall in the fourth premier class game in 2022/23, Bayer Leverkusen still have chances of progressing in tight Group E. However, Xabi Alonso’s international coaching debut backfired in the 3-0 loss to FC Porto. Compared to Gerardo Seoane, Alonso wants to create even more control and dominance and actually controlled the game with his team over long stretches with more than 60 percent ball possession. Bayer crossed, passed and dribbled into the penalty area a total of 39 times, but only managed to get four of 17 shots on Diogo Costa’s goal. That is clearly not enough, especially Moussa Diaby only managed two of his six attempts on goal. Leverkusen could never really stop the few but high-quality switching actions against the ball, especially via the flexible Wenderson Galeno, and the opponent was “gifted” two absolutely avoidable penalties. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 38

27th place: FC Sevilla (was 28th)

In game two after Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal, new coach Jorge Sampaoli’s team made a much fresher and more compact impression and drew 1-1 against BVB. This was partly due to the newly committed defender Marcao, who is finally fit and ready for action. Sevilla kept BVB well away from their own goal with long periods of possession of the ball. Various balls were conquered thanks to solid midfield pressing – especially in the neutral third by Ivan Rakitic. In the subsequent switching actions, however, the oldest squad in the competition often lacked the pace and courage for risky one-on-one duels. Target player Youssef En-Nesyri was completely up in the air as a striker (eleven ball contacts in 59 minutes), because you often only want to feed him with crosses, but only 15 percent of these found a taker in Dortmund and mostly from Niklas Süle and Mats Hummels have been cleared. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 39

26th place: Juventus (was 17th)

“Allegri stays!” That was the clear statement from the Juventus bosses after the surprising away bankruptcy in Haifa (0:2). After two wins from the last nine competitive games, this is not a matter of course, as the old lady lacks various basic virtues, both offensively and defensively. While Juve were overwhelmed by the Israelis’ committed play at the beginning of the game, they were unable to convert their own attacks effectively into good finishing positions as the game progressed. The Italians penetrated the last third 50 times, resulting in just five weak shots from inside the penalty area! Coach Allegri lacked a clear game idea, players were again used from different positions, and neither crosses nor dribbling have much power – 0.59 expected goals in Haifa speak for themselves. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 42

25th place: Maccabi Haifa (was 29th)

After the draw, Maccabi Haifa was still called a blatant outsider, but the Israeli champions already impressed with courageous, sometimes technically demanding performances on the first three matchdays of the competition. The first win followed in the home game against Juventus, winger Omer Atzili converted a header and a flick into the short corner in an enormously powerful early phase. In the second half of the game, Maccabi positioned himself in a compact, closed position and frequently pressed the guest from Italy. That attack closed spaces and kept Juventus away from their own goal. In addition, Haifa won almost twice as many duels in the air as the guests and was therefore able to survive a last phase of pressure with crosses and corner balls without damage. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 44

24th place: Dinamo Zagreb (was 26th)

In the extremely balanced group E, the Croatians are still third, but they only managed to get one point against the offensively harmless Salzburg team in their home game. Dinamo used the dominance on the ball, which is quite untypical on the European stage, for many left-leaning attacks via the later goalscorer Robert Ljubicic, who, however, acted ineffectively especially with crosses, and star Mislav Orsic, who tipped to the outside. From there he always managed to pull into the pits at high speed and create chances, which, however, could rarely be taken from good positions. The two big chances by the active Dario Spikic and Luka Ivanusec were missed. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 47

23rd place: Ajax Amsterdam (was 22nd)

Two games against Napoli, ten goals conceded – however, Ajax was able to sell themselves much better in Napoli than in the first leg, repeatedly created their own chances and even took control of the game at times. However, the Dutch defensive chain was problematic throughout the entire season. Especially the Mexican right-back Jorge Sanchez did not get access to Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, was overrun and dribbled several times. But the two central defenders Jurrien Timber and Daley Blind each owed a goal with an individual error. Despite having 56 percent of the ball in the end, Ajax had major problems getting passes and carrying the ball, especially in the offensive third. The Italians, who defended compactly around defender Kim Min-jae, hit particularly hard on the talented Steven Bergwijn, who kept losing balls in attack. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 50

22nd place: Eintracht Frankfurt (was 24th)

Eintracht’s dream of reaching the round of 16 isn’t over yet. At Tottenham (2: 3), Eintracht repeatedly lacked the necessary efficiency in their own attacks, which Spurs in turn used to stab ice cold several times. Both teams played in a 3-4-2-1 system, thus neutralizing each other for large parts of the game. The rail players, who were particularly important in the Frankfurt game, had hardly any influence on the Bundesliga team’s offensive. In addition, the Frankfurt back three had many problems against the robust Harry Kane and the lively Heung-min Son, won on the ground but only a small number of tackles, especially in the air, making it easy for Spurs to score three goals. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 51

21st place: AC Milan (was 23rd)

As in the previous week, Italian champions AC Milan lost to Chelsea without scoring. The decisive reason for this was the controversial red card against central defender Fiyako Tomori, Jorginho converted the penalty due. As the game progressed, Chelsea completely took control of the game with a 2-0 lead behind them (76 percent possession of the ball in the second half), the Milanisti were only able to complete two attacks during the game and, like in the first leg, remained completely pale in attack. Center forward Olivier Giroud, for example, had just 23 touches of the ball in 62 minutes and lost the ball a total of 85 times with his teammates, more often than the much more active English team. CREATEFOOTBALL SCORE: 53


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