Picture : Ismael Bennacer (Milan) became the 2nd Algerian player to score in the Champions League from the quarter-finals onwards, after Riyad Mahrez (who scored 1 goal in the quarter-finals and 4 in the semi-finals with Manchester City).
Statistics on Champions’ League quarter-finals of 12 April
*Real Madrid’s win over Chelsea (2-0) is Carlo Ancelotti’s 35th victory with Real Madrid in the Champions League (in 47 games); he became the coach with most wins in the competition in the club's history, surpassing Vicente del Bosque (34 wins in 60 games).
*Chelsea have failed to score in 4 matches in a row in all competitions: their worst such series since December 1993.
*Some curious coincidence: Chelsea have faced 10 shots on target in the 2nd game of Frank Lampard in his 2nd spell as a club coach; the last time Chelsea faced 10+ such shots was in August 2019 vs Liverpool (11) when Lampard held his 2nd game in his 1st spell.
*Chelsea are 14th team in UCL history to use 3 coaches during the same campaign (Tuchel, Potter and Lampard). Of the previous 13 such cases, no team managed to move to the semi-finals.
*Karim Benzema's all last 11 Champions League goals came to English opponents: 5 to Chelsea (including the new one), 3 to Manchester City, 3 to Liverpool.
*In total, Benzema has scored in UCL 20 goals against English opponents, with only Lionel Messi netting more (27).
*Benzema has scored 21 goals in his last 21 Champions League knockout games: exactly one goal per game.
*Marco Asensio has scored his 12th goal in the Champions League, scoring twice as many in knockout matches (8) than in group stages (4): some unusual statistics.
*Among players who are not pure forwards, Asensio concedes on the number of UCL knockout stage goals only to Robben (16), Lampard (15), Kaká (11) and De Bruyne (10).
*It was Asensio’s 9th goal as a substitute in the Champions League: he holds the tournament’s record on this, having scored 2 more “bench goals” than any other player in UCL history.
*Milan, with the win vs Napoli (1-0), keep unbeaten record against Italian opponents in Champions League games (3 wins, 3 draws in 6 games); moreover, the “Rossoneri” didn’t concede goals in 5 of these games.