The Champions League quarter-finals second leg are here and there’s an interesting race to be assist king afoot. Football’s elite players are currently gracing the Champions League, with many considered to be creative geniuses. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, for example, is regarded as one of the best creators in the world, and has already recorded four assists in this season’s Champions League. However, the Belgian isn’t number one as things stand. First place belongs to Juventus winger-turned-defender Juan Cuadrado, who has set up a total of six goals. However, the Colombian will be unable to add to that with Juventus knocked out by Porto. So, can anyone push on in the final rounds to take the crown away from Cuadrado?
1. Juan Cuadrado
Total assist: 6
Cuadrado is known for his direct, offensive style of play along the right flank, and is capable of both scoring goals himself as well as creating goalscoring opportunities for his teammates.
2. Kevin De Bruyne
Club: Manchester city
Total assist: 4
The Belgian has spent five-and-a-half years at the Etihad, a period which has seen him establish himself as one of the world’s finest creative players. It’s also been an era of sustained success, with De Bruyne winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four League Cups, as well as the 2020 PFA Player of the Year award.
3. Jadon Sancho
Club: Burrosia dotmoud
Total assist: 3
When you watch Sancho, you can easily see how creative he is. He is able to find his teammates inside or on the edge of the box, he can also find his teammates in a pocket of spaces against more compact sides.
4. Joshua Kimmich
Club: Bayern Munich
Total assist: 3
Joshua Kimmich mostly played as right full back replacing the great Phillipe Lahm. But this season, Hansi Flick has changed his position to a holding defensive midfielder, much similar to Pep Guardiola’s strategy, where he even started as a center back. Well in this case, it suited Kimmich better because before joining Bayern Munich and playing as a full back, Kimmich was a defensive midfielder. He has thrived in his position since Flick became the manager at Bayern. His positional awareness has improved since then. Kimmich’s run off the ball is important to Bayern’s style of play as he closes down the opponent’s attack and starts the counter.
5. Alassane Plea
Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Total assist: 3
Plea is known for his versatility and clinical nature up top. During his days at Nice, the Frenchman found himself most often featuring on the left of a front three, Mario Balotelli being deployed in the centre. The forward has taken to a more central role at Gladbach, however. At just 5'11", Plea certainly is not the tallest - but he is strong on the ball and regularly likes to run in behind the defence.Additionally, Plea is equally as effective in his hold-up play; the fact he's already provided seven assists this season is certainly telling.
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