Chelsea & Manchester United have the best CL defence record

Chelsea and Manchester United have the best defensive records in the Champions League this term ahead of their round of 16 clashes with Galatasaray and Olympiakos in the New Year.

English champions Manchester United qualified for the next round of the competition top of their group ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Real Sociedad to be drawn against Olympiakos in the next round.

Champions League winners in 2011/12, Chelsea also qualified for the next round top of their group above Schalke, Basel and Steau Bucharest to be drawn against Turkish giants Galatasaray in the next round.

English Premier League sides in general (including Arsenal and Manchester City who also qualified for the next round) kept 12 clean sheets combined across their 24 games in total so far in the group stages – half of the games English sides played in, they kept clean sheets.

Manchester United allowed just 12 shots on target across their 6 games played which is the fewest of all teams in the competition. Chelsea, United and German side Schalke kept the joint-most clean sheets of all with four clean sheets in their six games each.

United, Chelsea and Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid conceded joint-fewest goals across the group stages, each of them conceding just three goals in their six games. United topped their group with 14 points on the board and Chelsea topped theirs with 12. Arsenal also counted 12 points but unusually finished second in their group behind last term’s finalists Borussia Dortmund on goal difference whilst Manchester City placed second to the reigning champions of Europe Bayern Munich, level on 15 points each from their six games played.

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