Choosing a Fantasy team for the Finals is a slightly different affair than the rest of the season, as only 11 players can make it onto the pitch. The Scout, however, is resisting the temptation to stock up on cheap bench options to free up funds for the 11 who will be involved, sticking to the same 15-man squad approach that has lasted all season. .
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The simplest option, with Ederson (€ 6.0m) and Edouard Mendy (€ 5.5m), assuming he is recovering from a chest injury, both viable options to begin with. Given that Chelsea haven’t kept their clean sheet in any of their five appearances since the semi-final second leg, the Manchester City man has a slight advantage in that department despite Mendy being Fantasy’s top scorer this season, picking up 60 points, eight more than his Brazilian rival. Mendy also had six save points, which could tip the scales in his favor as it means less reliance on clean sheets.
If the Senegal international did not recover from a rib injury suffered on the final day of the Premier League season, his likely deputy would be Kepa (€ 4.6m), freeing up funds for a more advanced use in the team.
Given that both teams have conceded just four goals in their 12 games on the way to the final, it’s no surprise that there are many viable defensive options of the two. The likes of Rúben Dias, Kyle Walker and César Azpilicueta are particularly appealing, but with an eye on the budget, the Scout has gone for the cheaper options, which means cutting back on more expensive players such as Ben Chilwell.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (€ 4.4m) is particularly eye-catching, both in terms of price and threat of attack, with John Stones (€ 5.2m) also selected in front of his Manchester City teammates; the Chelsea contingent has three players in the back row, with Andreas Christensen (€ 4.8m), Antonio Rüdiger (4.9 M €) and Thiago Silva (€ 5.0m) – the latter finalist beaten with Paris Saint-Germain in 2020 – all getting the green light.
Quite unusual for the UEFA Champions League final, the key element in the Fantasy selection will likely be the midfielder given that City is unlikely to field a full-fledged striker and there is a chance that Chelsea follow suit. There are still plenty of attacking options for both sides, although the City trio’s claims cannot be ignored. Kevin De Bruyne (€ 11.4m), Riyad Mahrez (€ 9.1m) and Phil Foden (€ 7.5m). While the latter is the game’s top scorer with 63 points, Mahrez has found the net in City’s last three European games – four goals in all – and De Bruyne has managed seven offensive returns (three goals and four assists ) in just 631. minutes of playing time.
Chelsea’s options are more defensive in nature; Jorginho (€ 6.3m) has collected 23 of his 54 points this season via ball collects, while N’Golo Kanté (€ 5.5m) had nine points in the semifinals and has 13 on the ball retrieval route.
The plethora of options in midfield means attacking is a more difficult selection, with Timo Werner (€ 10.4m) probably the only striker selected to start for both teams in Porto. The Germany international scored 46 fantasy points for the campaign, thanks mainly to four goals and two assists, and was on target in the semi-final second leg. While Olivier Giroud scored 36 points, 20 of them came in a single game on Matchday 5 and he’s only managed three in total in Chelsea’s last five games, so he’s probably more wise to watch City for other offensive options.
Gabriel Jesus (9.2 M €) has 17 points under his belt and is likely to start off the bench; Sergio Agüero (€ 9.6m) is two points short and is also set to replace his last appearance at City, but his two goals off the bench in his Premier League farewell to Everton on May 23 means it’s hard to overlook the potential of another fairy tale for the Argentinian.