This study sheds light on this specific performance dynamic and offers practical tips to help teams—both European and non-European—maximize their chance of winning during congested periods.
You will also find in this study:
- An in-depth look at the Champions League’s (CL) and the Europa League’s (EL) performance in their domestic league and assesses whether the congestion imposed by the European competitions (i.e., mid-week matches) affects their results.
- Fixtures data of the teams competing in the top 7 European leagues, i.e., Spain, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, France and Portugal. It includes 20 seasons from 2001/02 to 2020/21.
- Fixtures from all in-season competitions were considered, i.e., leagues and domestic, European and international cups. This data was scraped from Transfermarkt.Across the 20 seasons, this represents 43 competitions, 269 teams and more than 61,000 fixtures.
- Teams classified as CL and EL teams participated in European competitions during the season of interest and kept their status during the whole season (whether they qualified or not for the final stages)