AC Milan failed to qualify for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 season after finishing at the bottom of the table in Group B. The team managed to collect four points from six games against Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and FC Porto. They managed to secure one win, one draw and lost the other four matches.
Milan scored six goals in the campaign and conceded nine goals. From the above viz, we can observe that AC Milan had the highest expected goal against rate amongst all the other teams in the group. The Italian club conceded 1.5 goals per match and averaged 1.592 xGA per 90. They conceded five goals against Liverpool, two goals against FC Porto, and two goals against Atletico Madrid. The team only managed to keep one clean sheet, and that was against Atletico Madrid in the fifth round.
AC Milan players found it difficult to score goals in the competition. They scored six goals, creating an xG of 6.87. Milan attempted 47 shots in their six matches, averaging eight shots per match. A total of 19 shots were on target, with a shot accuracy rate of 40.4%. 28 shots were attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty area, and they managed to hit the target 16 times. 19 shots were attempted from outside the penalty box, and three were on target. AC Milan were effective with the shots attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box.
The above viz shows the shot map of AC Milan in their third group game against FC Porto away from home. The Italian club attempted four shots and only managed to hit the target once. The xG rate created in this match was the lowest, and the attempts made were the fewest in all the six matches played. Only one shot was attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box.
AC Milan players attempted a combined total of 24 shots in the first four games. They managed to hit the target ten times and scored four goals. A total of 13 shots were attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box, and they managed to hit the target eight times. The combined xG in these four matches was 3.05.
In the last two matches, AC Milan attempted 23 shots and nine were on target. They nearly matched the stats of the first four games and the last two games. The combined xG rate of the team was 3.82 in these two matches. 15 shots were attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box and eight were on target. The Italian club showed a lot of improvements in the last two games and collected three points.
AC Milan failed to create momentum in the early stages of the competition. They had a good start in Serie A, and it looks like that the team focused more on the domestic competition. The team lacked an attacking threat and were poor against FC Porto in both legs. They finished at the bottom of the table and will look to qualify for the next season.