The Champions League is in uncertain territory at the minute because of coronavirus, but just before this week’s postponement of fixtures, the round-of-16 was in full swing.
A lot of the focus during the group stage was drawn to the goalscorers — the efforts of Robert Lewandowski and Erling Braut Haaland, in particular — but those setting them up deserve some praise, too.
Kylian Mbappe leads the way in this respect having produced his fourth assist of the campaign to set Neymar up during PSG’s 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg.
Hakim Ziyech occupies second place, though the Ajax attacker will not have a chance to add to his tally after last year’s surprise semi-finalists were eliminated as the group stage concluded.
Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez is also on a total of four but has played significantly more minutes than many of his direct rivals for the assists crown.
There is a cluster of players on three assists, so many that not everyone makes it into the top 10 based on minutes played, but there are still some big names involved, including Marcelo and Ivan Perisic.
It’s very tight at the top and this is how things stand at present:
Most assists: Champions League 2019/20 current season
Players with the same amount of assists are separated by minutes played.
1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG): 4 assists (446 minutes)
2. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax): 4 assists (499 minutes)
3. Riyad Mahrez (Man City): 4 assists (538 minutes)
4. Angel Di Maria (PSG): 4 assists (583 minutes)
5. Ivan Perisic (Bayern): 3 assists (207 minutes)
6. Marcelo (Real Madrid): 3 assists (267 minutes)
7. Corentin Tolisso (Bayern): 3 assists (303 minutes)
8. Enock Mwepu (FC Salzburg): 3 assists (404 minutes)
9. Houssem Aouar (Lyon): 3 assists (444 minutes)
10. Julian Brandt (Dortmund): 3 assists (466 minutes)
(Correct as of 14:00 16/03/2020)