Sunday August 16 2020
Did rest influence Champions League?

Former Italian Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi points out some interesting statistics about playing time ahead of the Champions League quarter-finals.

For the first time since 1991, there are no Spanish, Italian or English teams in the final four of the tournament.

As PSG knocked out Atalanta, with Lyon eliminating Juventus and Manchester City, there are two French sides in the semi-finals for the first time in the history of the competition.

Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are the other semi-finalists, hailing from the Bundesliga, but former AIC President Tommasi maintains this is not a coincidence.

Ligue 1 never resumed after the lockdown, while the Bundesliga concluded on June 27, La Liga on July 19, the Premier League on July 26 and Serie A didn’t close until August 2.

Tommasi posted some interesting statistics showing how many games per average these Champions League semi-finalists played in the 60 days before the quarter-finals.

Atalanta and Manchester City had an average of one game every 4.28 days, compared to one in 20 for PSG and Lyon.

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona had a game every five days, compared with one in 10 for Bayern Munich and one in 20 for RB Leipzig.