Tottenham must shackle Ozil to beat Real Madrid

Tottenham v Real Madrid
Champions League Quarter Final
13 April 2011

Tottenham must contain the creative threat posed by Mesut Özil if they are to avoid a repeat of their heavy defeat at the Bernabeú.

The German midfielder set up two of Madrid’s four goals at home, including the opener by Emmanuel Adebayor, but also assisted 12 shots in total in the match, the most by a single player in a game in the competition in the last five seasons:

Most Chances Created in a CL Match Since 2006/07

Date

Team

Opponent

Player

Chances Created

2011-04-05

Real Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur

Özil, Mesut

12

2011-02-16

Roma

Shakhtar Donetsk

Totti, Francesco

11

2007-09-18

Chelsea

Rosenborg

Malouda, Florent

9

2010-03-31

Internazionale

CSKA Moscow

Sneijder, Wesley

9

2006-09-12

Barcelona

Levski Sofia

Deco

8

2007-11-27

Sevilla

Arsenal

Dani Alves

8

2008-05-21

Chelsea

Manchester United

Lampard, Frank

8

2008-09-30

Zenit St Petersburg

Real Madrid

Arshavin, Andrey

8

2009-10-21

FC Porto

Apoel Nicosia

Meireles, Raul

8

Following his efforts in the home leg, Özil is now the most creative player in the Champions League this season, having assisted seven goals, and Harry Redknapp’s side will need to ensure that he doesn’t have the run of White Hart Lane in their next encounter.

Most Assists – Champions League 2010-11

Player Surname

Team

Assists

Özil

Real Madrid

7

Eto’o

Internazionale

5

Lennon

Tottenham Hotspur

5

Martins

Benfica

5

Srna

Shakhtar Donetsk

5

CRISTIANO RONALDO TO LEAD SURGE DOWN LEFT FLANK

If Ozil wasn’t enough, stats show that the majority of Real Madrid’s attacking play in the first leg against Spurs came down the left flank, with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the charge.

In the 4-0 win at the Bernabeú, 41% of the Merengues’ attacks came down the left-hand side of the pitch, compared to just 24% down the right flank with Cristiano Ronaldo often cutting in from this side to shoot.

The Portuguese had 14 shots against Tottenham, the most by a player in a Champions League match since Kaká had 15 against Celtic in March 2007, in spite of his injury worries. This season Ronaldo has had the most shots in the Champions League, averaging just under seven per game, as Real Madrid use the left-sided forward as the focus of their attacking play.

Most Shots – Champions League 2010-11

Player Surname

Team

Goals

Total shots

Ronaldo

Real Madrid

5

62

Messi

Barcelona

8

49

Sneijder

Internazionale

3

39

Anelka

Chelsea

7

32

Villa

Barcelona

3

29

Eto’o

Internazionale

8

29

Borriello

Roma

4

28

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