Real Madrid’s Shooting Habit And Tottenham’s Reliance On Rafael Van Der Vaart

According to Castrol EDGE Performance Stats, the Tottenham goal will be peppered with shots in their Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho’s side have fired in more shots than any other team in the competition so far and nearly twice as many as Spurs. In fact, Harry Redknapp’s team have mustered fewer attempts than of the other seven quarter-finalists

Despite this fact, both Real and Tottenham have scored 19 goals apiece in the Champions League and Spurs have the best conversion rate of the teams left in the quarter finals, scoring with 24% of their attempts at goal.

Most Shots – Champions League 2010-11

Rank

Team

Total Shots

Shooting Accuracy

1

Real Madrid

163

50%

2

Chelsea

159

38%

3

Bayern Munich

148

51%

4

Barcelona

145

52%

5

Marseille

139

38%

17

Tottenham Hotspur

91

50%

Conversion Rates – Champions League 2010-11

Team Name

Goals

Total Shots Attempted

Goals to Shots Ratio

Tottenham Hotspur

19

78

24.36%

Shakhtar Donetsk

18

74

24.32%

FC Schalke 04

14

80

17.50%

Barcelona

18

112

16.07%

Internazionale

15

99

15.15%

Real Madrid

19

130

14.62%

Chelsea

16

128

12.50%

Manchester United

9

80

11.25%

Chief among Real Madrid’s cavalry of sharp shooters is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward is never shy of taking a potshot at goal and unsurprisingly has fired in more shots than any other player in the Champions League this season.

Most Shots – Champions League 2010-11

Player

Team

Shots

Goals

C Ronaldo

Real Madrid

37

4

L Messi

Barcelona

32

8

N Anelka

Chelsea

21

7

M Borriello

Roma

21

4

W Sneijder

Internazionale

20

3

David VIlla

Barcelona

20

3

RAFA TO SPUR TOTTENHAM’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BID

Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that former Real Madrid star Rafael van der Vaart is the key ingredient in Spurs’ success this season.

The Dutchman was snapped up by Harry Redknapp at the start of the season after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu by Jose Mourinho, but van der Vaart has a chance to show the “Special One” that he made a mistake by letting him go.

Between Premier League and Champions League this season, Spurs have won 56% of matches with van der Vaart in the team while they have only won 25% when he has been absent:

Rafael van der Vaart – Premier League & Champions League 2010-11

Tottenham 2010/11

Premier League & Champions League

With van der Vaart Without van der Vaart
Games 25 12
Wins 14 3
Draws 8 5
Losses 3 4
Goals For 39 21
Average Goals For 1.56 1.75
Win % 56% 25%
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