BEST XI: Best Players in the Champions League Group Stage This Season

BEST XI: Best Players in the Champions League Group Stage This Season

The 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stages are finally done and dusted. On Monday, 11 December, teams got to know which opponents they will face off in the Round of 16. But before moving to which heavyweight teams could meet in the first round of the knockout stages, let’s look back and recognize the best players in the competition over the past six matchdays. Here is a Combined XI of the best players from the Champions League group stages.

11. Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)

In fact, the goalkeeper who made the most saves in the Champions League group stages was Qarabag FK’ Ibrahim Sehic. The Bosnian shot-stopper made a total of 34 saves in six games. Unfortunately, he also conceded 14 games. Which is why the best goalkeeper in the group stages was Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. The German ‘keeper conceded only one goal in 5 games.

10. Left-Back: Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma)

Aleksandar Kolarov was instrumental in the Serie A side qualifying at the top of what was arguably the toughest group in the competition. The 32-year-old played in all six matches and finished with a goal and two assists.

9. Right-Back: Dani Alves (PSG)

Alves also played all six games for PSG in the group stages, even getting on the scoresheet twice. The 34-year-old Brazilian completed 90 minutes in each game and even created 12 chances – the highest by any full-back in the competition.

8. Centre-Back: John Stones (Manchester City)

Manchester City’s John Stones was one of the best center-backs over the course of the group stages with Pep Guardiola finally getting the best out of the English youngster.

7. Centre-Back: Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)

In five group games, Umtiti was part of a defense that conceded only one goal. His discipline at the back was a stark contrast to partner Gerard Pique who picked up yellow cards and even got sent off.

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