The Group Stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League drew to a close on Wednesday evening with 16 clubs now confirmed for the second round of this season’s tournament which restarts in February.
8 clubs fell into the Europa League whilst a further 8 clubs have been eliminated from European competition for the remainder of the season.
The English Premier League was the only association to see as many as four of their clubs reach the last 16, with Manchester City winning their group and Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all progressing as runners-up.
Two Spanish La Liga sides progressed as winners – Barcelona and Real Madrid, whilst Atlético Madrid join their fellow countrymen as runners-up in their group.
Likewise, the German Bundesliga had two group winners – Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, whilst Schalke 04 qualified for the knockout round by finishing second in their group.
Serie A and Ligue 1 both have two representatives in the latter stages of this season’s competition – Juventus and AS Roma from Italy, and Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon from France.
The remaining two teams making up the last 16 are FC Porto (Portugal) and Ajax (Netherlands).
FC Porto picked up the most points of any team in the group stage, taking 16 of a possible 18 in a group that consisted of Schalke, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow.
This was a big boost to Portugal’s average points per game in the group stage as Benfica were the only other Primeira Liga club competing. The two clubs combined to take 64% of the points on offer to them.
Only La Liga can boost a higher percentage as Barcelona (14), Atlético Madrid (13), Real Madrid (12) and Valencia (8) took a combined 65% of the points on offer to them.
Germany’s Bundesliga (57%) narrowly pipped the Premier League (56%) into third spot.
At the bottom of the table the Greek Superleague was only represented by AEK Athens whom lost all six of their group stage matches.
Slightly better performing countries were the Serbian SuperLiga, Swiss Super League and the Turkish Süper Lig – each represented by a sole club, each with identical records of one win, one draw and four defeats.
The overall table by association from the 2018-19 Champions League Group Stage is as follows: