UCL Round of 16 XI

The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw has been made, with holders Chelsea set to meet 13-time winners Real Madrid.

The first legs of the Champions League quarter-finals will be held on April 5 and 6, with the return legs taking place a week later.

Premier League side Liverpool will have to get past Benfica in QFs. In the last eight, Manchester City will take on Atletico Madrid, and Bayern Munich have been handed a showdown with Villarreal.

Let’s have a look at the best players that have made it to the Round of 16 XI:

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak is going through a challenging period as Atletico’s goalkeeper in the last few matches. But in the second leg against United, he showed what he is capable of by doing some stunning saves at Old Trafford. He made five fine saves to keep a clean sheet and prevent the Red Devils from progressing to the next round.

 

Defenders: 

Right-back: 

Pervis Estupinan: One of the best defensive performances from the Ecuadorian defender. He played the complete game and made ten ball recoveries against Juventus. He attempted 42 passes with a passing accuracy of 93%. 

Left-back: 

Renan Lodi: Atletico’s hero who scored the winning goal against Manchester United. The defender has a perfect match in defence and attack for the Rojiblancos. 

Centre-backs:

Pau Torres: The Spanish centre-back was the key to thrashing Juventus away at Turin for three goals. He scored the second goal for the Yellow Submarine in the 85th minute. He made two crucial tackles and made two ball recoveries.

Stefan Savic: Savic stood like a wall in the heart of Atletico’s defence and made sure that the Red Devils did not find the net. He made three tackles and recovered the ball nine times. 

 

Midfielders: 

Arnaut Danjuma: Danjuma struck the last nail on Juventus with the penalty at the added minutes after 90 minutes. 

Luka Modric: Modric ages like a fine wine. Against PSG, he again proved that he is still one of the best midfielders at the age of 36. He attempted 67 passes in 97 minutes of the game with a passing accuracy of 91%. He also assisted one of Benzema’s goals with a sumptuous pass.

Thomas Muller: Another scintillating performance from the German attacking player. He scored two goals when Bayern humiliated RB Salzburg for 7-1 in the second leg at the Allianz Arena. 

 

Forwards:

Antoine Griezmann: The French attacker played a great match against Manchester United, and his work rate in the match was really appreciated. He provided the assist for Renan Lodi’s winning goal. 

Karim Benzema: Real Madrid’s hat-trick hero against PSG. He scored three goals in around 20 minutes to stun PSG. 

Robert Lewandowski: Lewandowski just loves to score goals in the Champions League. When Bayern demolished RB Salzburg in the second leg, he scored the hat-trick in 11 minutes, and it is the quickest hat-trick ever scored the knockout phases in UCL’s history. 

 

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