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5 Best Creators in this Season's Champions League

ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Published 08 May 2018, 22:15 IST
08 May 2018, 22:15 IST

Manchester City v Huddersfield Town - Premier League
De Bruyne has played a pivotal role in City's Premier League triumph this season

Goals win you games. Goalscorers win awards. Goals make front page news. In big Continental Competitions like the UEFA Champions League, there is always a bigger emphasis on the value of the goals that are scored.

So the bigger the tournament the more the attention your striker gets across the media.

The actual best players on the pitch in an attacking sense are generally the creative players. The story behind the famous photo of a World Cup winning goal.

The measurement for these superstars and sometimes simply solid players is generally the key passes they make and the assists they provide.

This gives some tangible evidence when we decide who lit up the stadiums with their slick passing and unforgettable vision.

Back to the serious business- here we go. The five best Creative players in this season's Champions League.

Statistics alone tell only half the story and that's why the ranking in this article is not purely statistical.

The solution to using statistics effectively is simple. They are seen in the context of the impact and consistency through the tournament and performance in key moments making this a holistic look. Let the names roll!


#5 Kevin De Bruyne

The electric Manchester City playmaker has been tearing apart the Premier League whenever he plays with his quick feet and brilliant vision.

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Always able to find space on the wings to cut inside, De Bruyne uses his dribbling to create enough time for his teammate to make space for themselves.

And then the killer ball or cross allows for them to pounce. If he doesn't create the chance, he drags defenders out of position to allow others to operate and uses space to increase his goal tally often running in behind the striker.

In this edition of the UEFA Champions League, De Bruyne managed to notch up healthy 1.8 key passes per 90 minutes in eight appearances but more importantly managed four assists.

This means that although he only successfully sent someone on to the goal about one to t times a match, he managed to create a goal in nearly half those attempts.

Impressive indeed!

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:49 IST
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