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Celtic top Barcelona as top passing team in Europe

Celtic have achieved top spot as the best passing team in Europe ahead of teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid after the opening two months of the season.

The Scottish champions are the leaders in several categories ahead of clubs from the top leagues in Europe, and also top total possession, mean number of passes per match and average possession duration.

InStat, a football numbers crunching company, have calculated Celtic to have had a total of 70.8% possession in their matches. The data company has also calculated the Scottish side are averaging 659 passes during a 90 minute match. Celtic are averaging nearly 24 seconds per possession as Brendan Rodgers’ table toppers have remained dominant in Scotland.

German side Borussia Dortmund is just behind Celtic in both possession and passes per match while Barcelona and Real Madrid can be found further down the list of teams. Meanwhile two other Scottish teams, Aberdeen and Hibernian, both ranked in the top 75 in possession and passes per game. The two sides ranked higher than English teams Manchester United and Arsenal.

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