According to independent study
:The Champions League becomes more predictable
The sporting gap between the football clubs in the Champions League is growing, according to the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES). In a recent study, the independent study center from Switzerland comes to the conclusion, among other things, that top teams in the group stage have had a better goal difference and a better point average since 2003. This would result in “less balance” and “greater predictability”.
In the past four seasons have 22.9 percent of the group games of the premier class ended with three or more goals, between 2003 and 2006, the value was still 16.9 percent. A correlative development was observed in the same period at the point average (from 2.11 to 2.26 per game) and the goal difference (from 6.38 to 8.91) of the respective group winners.
“A rethink is needed to ensure a corresponding sporting and economic balance in this competition as well as in European football,” concludes the CIES. (Sid)