The Champions League’s Group F is still extremely competitive, with even heavyweights Manchester City having suffered a defeat at home to Lyon. Bruno Génésio’s side face Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim next – the reverse fixture ended 3-3, and this crucial match promises to be full of attacking intent.
Indeed, both these sides are top of their respective leagues for number of shots taken per game, while Lyon are also second in Ligue 1 both for possession and passing accuracy, and Hoffenheim are third in the Bundesliga for both metrics.
However, while both sides take large numbers of shots, neither are hugely efficient. Hoffenheim have scored 18 goals in nine league matches, the fourth highest total, despite shooting significantly more than all the teams who’ve scored a greater number of goals; Lyon, meanwhile, have also scored 18, the fifth highest in Ligue 1 and less than half of PSG’s total, despite taking roughly three shots per game more.
So why do both these teams, bristling with attacking talent, take so many shots without scoring that many goals?