STATS: Juventus man tops Chelsea star in Champions League passing

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini played more Champions League passes in the group stage than Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas.

It comes as no surprise to find the names of Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso and his Chelsea counterpart Cesc Fabregas figuring prominently on Champions League passing charts.

Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos is another you would expect to be towards the top of the list, given that he is a World Cup winning-playmaker.

It is, however, a shock to find that two defenders make the top five, with one of those leading the way.

Jerome Boateng sits fifth having helped German champions Bayern progress to the last-16 with a minimum of fuss.

It is a player from the Italian title holders who takes tops spot, though, with Juventus’ uncompromising centre-half Giorgio Chiellini proving that he has the guile to go with the guts.

  TeamTotal PassAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus 517 466 6 540
Xabi Alonso Munich 491 450 5 432
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 478 417 6 491
Toni Kroos Real 465 441 6 429
Jerome Boateng Munich 431 386 5 450

Chiellini is the only player on the list above to have played every minute of his side’s six fixtures in the group stage, which has undoubtedly aided his cause.

Alonso got to within 16 passes of the Italy international despite spending considerably less time on the field – over 100 minutes less.

Chelsea will be delighted to see Fabregas holding his own against the best in the business, with former Porto and Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho looking to conquer the continent with a third club.

The biggest surprise in all of this – even bigger than Chiellini’s placing – is that no Barcelona player makes the top five, with the tiki-taka days of Pep Guardiola seemingly a thing of the past.

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