Champions League

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Updated 9.30.16

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How good is my favorite Champions League Team?

Barcelona? Bayern Munich? Juventus? Manchester City? Do you want to know objectively how good your Champions League team is in comparison to their peers? We can answer this basic question. The Aggregate Rankings are the snapshot of where every team in the Champions League is ranked compared to their opponents and current standings.

How does one use this page to better understand their Champions League team?

  • Start with the Aggregate Rankings – Go simple. Does your favorite team in the Champions League have a red, yellow, or green color? What is their overall rank, and what other teams are ahead of them or behind them?
  • What is your favorite team’s Points Per Match (PPM) Rank? Compared to their peers, where does your favorite Champions League team rank overall for points per match?
  • Is your favorite CL team under-rated or over-rated? Again, go simple. Is the over/under rating green or red? Does the aggregate rank match closely to the current PPM Rank? Is there a big discrepancy? If your team has a large positive (green) number, then you may be poised for some improvement. If there’s a large negative (red) number, be concerned that your team may have over performed its current points earned. Ask yourself why by looking at the other pages.

Please explain how the Aggregate Rankings Work for the Champions League

For these soccer stats, I take the rank of each team’s goal differential (which is goals scored per game minus goals allowed per game) and then average it with their Three Factors rank. The Three Factors are a simple model based on high-level stats, but they can share a lot of useful information quickly. Let’s say that a team has an Aggregate Rank of 1.5. They rank #2 on goal differential and #1 on the Three Factors rank. The average comes out to 1.5. If this team ranks #1 in PPM, then this team is overvalued on the aggregate rankings by -0.5.

This is the starting point for looking at the Champions League. Want to dig in further? Ask yourself the following two questions:

  1. Does My Team Have a Good Offense or Defense? Click Here for Champions League Goal Differential
  2. Why is My Team Good (or Bad)? Try Here for the CL Three Factors

Stats Nerds: Link to the Champions League data set can be found here. Please email with questions.