Kyiv v City: Stat attack
- 10 March 2011 10:10
- Posted by David Clayton/Alex Rowen
City take on Dynamo Kyiv in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 this evening and ahead of the match, here are all the relevant facts, figures and statistics…
Interestingly, this is the only tie of the round that doesn’t feature a previous UEFA Cup or Europa League finalist.
City’s only European success came in 1970, when goals from Neil Young and Franny Lee led the Blues to European Cup Winners’ Cup success over Gornik Zabrze.
Despite never achieving on the European stage, Kyiv are giants on the domestic scene. The Ukrainian side have won 26 league titles and are also 18-times domestic cup winners. They currently sit second in the Ukrainian Premier League, 12 points adrift of leaders Shakhtar Donetsk.
Having taken on Greek opposition for the first time in the club’s history in the last round of the competition, City will now face a Ukrainian side for the first time in the search for a place in the quarter-finals.
Kyiv have hosted English opposition on nine occasions. Their record isn’t brilliant won only three times, drawing four and losing twice.
Both clubs topped their Europa League groups with 11 points – winning three times, drawing twice and losing only once.
Kyiv then went on to thrash Turkish side Besiktas 8-1 over two legs in the last round of the competition.
The match will be played at The Valeriy Lobanovskiy stadium and it is something of a fortress for the Ukrainians. Kyiv haven’t lost a game at home since December 2009 – when they faced Barcelona in the Champions’ League - and are now unbeaten in six European home ties.
Manager Yuri Semen is the third man to take the helm at Kyiv this season.
The Blues will also face a familiar face in Andriy Shevchenko who spent three years at Chelsea from 2006-2009. The 34-year-old may not have impressed during his time in England, but he will be remembered as one of the great European strikers with 66 goals in 135 UEFA competition appearances.