UEFA has just unveiled its typical team of the Champions League season. With two French players chosen.
This Champions League season ended this Saturday night at the Stade de France, with the crowning of Real Madrid, following its victory over Liverpool (1-0). With the curtain closed, it’s already time to take stock. And UEFA has just unveiled its typical eleven of the C1 season.
The panel of observers of European soccer’s governing body has set up a 4-3-3 in front of the inevitable Thibaut Courtois, literally monstrous throughout the competition and imperial in the final against the Reds. The Reds will be able to console themselves with their three selected players in defense: fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right and Andy Robertson on the left, and center back Virgil van Dijk. Antonio Rüdiger, who has been solid with Chelsea, completes the backline.
Benzema as the boss
In midfield, another Scouser is present, in the person of Fabinho. The Brazilian, formerly of AS Monaco, is flanked by the Croatian Luka Modric, who has brightened the game of the Merengues with his ball handling, silky outsides and pinpoint services (4 assists), and the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, a true metronome of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s all-rounder (2 goals, 4 assists).
The attack has been entrusted to Karim Benzema, top scorer of the competition (15 goals) and voted best player. The Madrid striker is joined by his Casa Blanca partner Vinicius, who scored in the final, was second best passer (6 assists) and was voted best young player by UEFA, and his French teammate Kylian Mbappé, who scored 6 goals and provided 4 assists in 8 appearances for PSG.