Champions League

Dayot Upamecano: Player Rating and Performance v Atletico Madrid

The young Frenchman was the best player on the pitch as RB Leipzig made it to their first ever semi-final

10:16am on Friday 14th August 2020
Martin Macdonald

RB Leipzig progressed to the first Champions League semi-final in their history after goals from Dani Olmo and Tyler Adams sealed the 2-1 win versus Atletico Madrid.

However, the player performance which made everyone stand up and take notice was provided by 21-year-old Dayot Upamecano.

What was Upamecano's overall display like?

📷 Match Snapshot

In a word; dominant.

Right from the get-go, the young defender was embroiled in an entertaining feud with Diego Costa, but while the former Chelsea striker attempted to use veteran moves like little shoves off the ball or getting in the referee's ear, Upamecano remained as cool as a cucumber to keep Costa quiet.

Upamecano basically displayed every aspect of a brilliant modern defender that head coaches like to see these days.

He was dominant aerially, winning 75% of his duels, while he was dominant on the ground, too, winning 9/11 duels on the floor.

He also won 100% of his tackles and made five ball recoveries, three interceptions, and five clearances.

Towards the end of the match when Atletico were pushing for the equaliser, more often than not it was Upamecano throwing himself into blocks or clearances inside the box.

RB Leipzig 2-1 Atletico Madrid: Full Player Ratings and Statistics

What was arguably the most impressive aspect of his night was his distribution from the back. Out of the two Champions League quarter-finals played so far, only Neymar has enjoyed more touches of the ball, as Upamecano touched the ball 99 times on Thursday.

In terms of passing, he completed 75/82 balls to team-mates.

〽️ Rating Week-on-Week


On the last day of the Bundesliga season a while ago, Upamecano recorded an admirable 7.0 FC Rating as Leipzig defeated Augsburg 2-1.

Against Atletico, he shot up to a 7.9 FC Rating, which may not seem like a huge score, but in a high-pressure, tight match against one of the elite teams in Europe over the past few years, it is excellent.

🗝️ Key Stats

Upamecano match stats

FC Rating7.9🏆 FC Man of the Match
Mins Played90
Touches99Rank #1
Duels Won9
Ball Recoveries5
Completed Passes75

What Next?

PSG in the semi-final of the Champions League. Tasty.

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