Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are Europe’s most dominant possession teams, with the Bundesliga leaders leading the Huawei Team Ranking ahead of Luis Enrique’s men and the French champions in third.
The Bavarians – who are still enjoying the German winter break - have enjoyed 71 per cent possession on average in their games so far this season, winning 14 out of 17 and holding an 11-point lead over second-placed Wolfsburg.
Barcelona have been nearly as strong in La Liga with an average of 70 per cent possession after 19 games. The Catalans beat Deportivo 4-0 on Sunday but remain second behind Real Madrid.
In France, PSG have been impressive on the ball with an average of 66 per cent possession and their 4-2 win over Evian at the weekend saw them climb to third place in the Ligue 1 table.
Roma are the most dominant team on the ball in Serie A with an average of 62 per cent possession, even though they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Palermo on Saturday and saw leaders Juventus move five points clear.
The Turin outfit sit joint fifth with Manchester City, with both sides averaging 60 per cent of the ball in Serie A and the Premier League respectively.
Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United closely follow their city rivals on 59 per cent, while Real Madrid, Marseille, Fiorentina and Rayo Vallecano complete top 10, all enjoying 58 per cent possession on average.
At the bottom end of the table, Crystal Palace seem to care little about having the ball, averaging 37 per cent possession so far this term, while Levante (40 per cent), Hertha Berlin (41 per cent), Metz (41 per cent) and Chievo (41 per cent) have seen the least of the ball in Spain, Germany, France and Italy respectively.
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