Manchester City and Chelsea will officially play in the 2021 Champions League final.
Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have said their farewells to the first European competition, making it the second Premier League final that we have seen in the last three seasons.
However, even though the center of St. George will fly highest above the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on May 29, there is no denying that the Champions League has witnessed quality across the board in 2020/21.
Champions League 2020/21
As such, here at GIVEMESPORT, we felt the time had come to assess who would make the best starting XI the Champions League has seen throughout the campaign.
Now, of course, we could see a spectacular final performance that tips the scales in favor of a certain City or Chelsea player, but we already have 99% of the action from which to make our choices.
We inform our decisions based on data and statistics, as well as how amazing they have been to watch, with all the “ ratings ” we refer to in our selections from the huge database of WhoScored.
Champions League XI of the season
However, warnings aside, I’m sure you can smell the debate and controversy already, so be sure to stick your knife and fork in our picks below and let us know what you think.
GK – Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
No one disputes this, is it? No one has kept more clean sheets in the Champions League this season, securing a stunning eight shutouts in 11 games en route to the final.
RB – Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)
An abnormal light in Juventus’ latest predicament in the Champions League, Cuadrado was a creative wizard on the Old Lady’s defensive flank, leading the assists table with six in just six games.
CB – Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Dias is the motionless warrior behind City’s charge for the final with the Citizens conceding just four goals while he was on the pitch and I mean, have you seen his masterclass against PSG ?!
CB – Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)
The second-highest-rated Champions League center-half this season, Marquinhos also has a strange eye for a goal in Europe, scoring against both Bayern and City in the round of 16.
LB – Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
The true embodiment of a FIFA Street player, Cancelo has been here, there and everywhere for City with both defensive and offensive class, becoming the best full-back in Europe this season.
CM – Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Bayern may not have been successful in retaining their European crown, but that certainly wasn’t due to lack of effort from Kimmich whose four assists helped him become the highest rated midfielder in the competition.
CM – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Pound for pound, you’d be hard pressed to say that there has been a better Champions League player this season with four goals and three assists only scratching the surface of his influence.
CAM – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Call me a statistics slave, do it, but when we are talking about a player rated higher than all the other players in the competition in miles and miles, I can hardly leave them out, no isn’t it?
Let’s put things like that, Messi is the same distance above the second highest rated player as the distance between said silver medalist and the footballer until the 18th. Mental.
But even if you think the data is absolutely absurd, despite being informed by tons of data sets, know that Messi was probably the best footballer in the world in 2021 overall.
CAM – Phil Foden (Manchester City)
However, forget all the stats for a minute – although six goal contributions are great – because the eye test is all you need to understand that Foden has made the Champions League his home ground in 2020. / 21.
ST – Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
You can’t fail to have the Champions League top scorer in the lead for the season’s best XI and Haaland deserves more than his place with 10 goals in just eight appearances.
ST – Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
Second in the goalscoring table with eight strikes and three assists in 10 games, Mbappe has shown the world he will win the Ballon d’Or one day with masterclasses at Camp Nou and Allianz Arena.
I’m going to be crucified for choosing Messi, right? Well, I guess that’s the nature of opinion, my friends, so be sure to let us know who you’d choose on our various social channels.
And let’s not forget, there’s always the biggest game to come in Istanbul and yet another N’Golo Kante masterclass might be all we need to make some last minute changes to our selection.
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