04.11.2015 10:30 - in: Champions League S

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    A statistical summary of Juventus’ hard-fought draw away to Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday evening

    Since Andre Schubert arrived at the helm in September, Borussia Monchengladbach have become synonymous for high-pressing football and the statistics from last night’s match against Juventus show that they overwhelmed their visitors for large spells of the match, completing over double their opponents’ number of passes (670 to 279), while making almost four times as many tackles (22 to 6).

    Borussia also dominated possession, which increased from 60.6 per cent in the first half to 80 after the break, as the Bianconeri felt the strain of playing with ten men following Hernanes’ 53rd minute dismissal. A measly 30 per cent was the lowest amount the boys in black and white had seen of the ball this year.

    Borussia (left) on the offensive and the Bianconeri back in numbers

    While the hosts stayed incredibly compact, with just 34.6m separating their deepest-lying defender Alvero Dominguez and striker Raffael, Massimiliano Allegri’s men were penned back for long periods, as the rearguard held their line just 5.7m in front of Gigi Buffon.

    Tasked with a night of intense defensive work, the visitors stood firm, winning more aerial battles than their opponents (71 to 63), intercepting double the number of balls (20 to 10), while winning back possession on 60 occasions, just four times fewer than the Foals.

    The scorer of Juventus’ 44th minute equaliser, Stephan Lichtsteiner, was celebrating his maiden goal in 29 Champions League appearances.

    Paul Pogba, who set up the Swiss right-back’s brilliant volley with a perfectly-weighted lofted pass created four chances for team-mates on the evening, a personal record in Europe’s premier club competition.

    The outstanding performance of the night, however, would come from Buffon, who made six saves (four more than his opposite number Yann Sommer), including an outstanding point-blank block on Lars Stindl’s downward header.

    For all their possession, Borussia only managed one more touch in the opposition box than the Bianconeri (19 to 18)

    Interestingly, however, the majority of Borussia’s shots were hit from outside the box (17 out of 21), which is testament to Juve’s fine work in keeping their opponents at arm’s length from their own goal.

    Indeed, the one attack-related statistic that does not favour Gladbach is the number of shots from within the penalty area (four to Juve’s nine).

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