Last week the first Game Week of the UEFA Champions League took place including Matchday 1 and 2. While there were many shockers as well as moments that would catch the world off guard. Certain players performed quite prolifically to prove their value and talent. Which was on display for every football fan to take notice of. Matchday one brought a lot of curiosity to the tournament as many favourites didn’t get the desired result. For Manchester United, they lost 2-1 to the champions of the Swiss League Young Boys. While a team like Barcelona lost 3-0 to the unstoppable Bayern Munich. In this article, we will be looking at which players were the best for that position during Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League.
The Recap Of All The Results From MatchDay 1 Of The UEFA Champions League
Before we start with the best 11 of the day, the formation which will be used is the 4-3-3. This comes after multiple midfielders played immensely better than the strikers in the match. Let’s have a recap of all the fixtures that took place on Matchday 1
- Young Boys (2) – (1) Manchester United
- Sevilla (1) – (1) Red Bull Salzburg
- Beşiktaş JK (1)-(2) Borussia Dortmund
- FC Sheriff Tiraspol (2)- (0)Shakhtar Donetsk
- Barcelona (0) – (3) Bayern München
- Dynamo Kyiv (0) – (0) SL Benfica
- Villarreal (2) – (2) Atalanta
- Lille OSC (0) –(0) VfL Wolfsburg
- Chelsea (1) – (0) Zenit St. Petersburg
- Malmö FF (0)- (3)Juventus
Who Would be in the Defensive line of the best team of Matchday 1 of the Champions League ?
In the Goalkeeper position, it would be Koen Casteels from VfL Wolfsburg. The match had ended in a 0-0 draw even after Wolfsburg got a red card in the 62nd minute. Koen Casteels made 4 saves during the game with 2 of them being in the penalty box. He had also punched the ball away during a cross as well.
In the left-back position, it would be Cristiano from FC Sheriff Tiraspol. FC Sheriff Tiraspol won the game by scoring 2 goals to nil. During the game, Cristiano gave both the assists and made 3 successful dribbles in the game. While also completing 4 clearances as well as completing 5 tackles during the game. In the right-back position, it would be Alex Sandro from Juventus. While he did play as a left-back during the match. The player played better than all right-backs from the other games. While winning 3-0, he scored a goal while having a pass accuracy of 88% and completing a cross. He also made 3 tackles and won 6/7 ground duels.
The two centre backs in the team would be Gustavo Dulanto from FC Sheriff Tiraspol and Otamendi from SL Benfica. Gustavo Dulanto made 7 clearances, blocked three shots and made three tackles as well while winning 3 out of the 5 aerial duels he was in. Otamendi made 6 clearances, blocked a shot and made 4 interceptions. He also made two successful tackles and won half of his aerial and ground duels.
Which players would the midfield consist of in this Matchday 1 squad?
The 3 midfielders who would be a part of the starting 11 are Remo Freuler from Atalanta, Miralem Pjanić from Beşiktaş JK and Maycon from Shakhtar Donetsk. Remo Freuler during the 2-2 draw scored 1 goal while having a pass accuracy of 90%. He completed 3 successful dribbles during the game as well. Maycon on the other hand was quite the creative player, providing 8 key passes and having a pass accuracy of 95%. He also won 3 ground duels during the match. Miralem Pjanić even though his team lost the game 2-1 was a highlight as well. During the game, he provided an assist during the game for the team’s only goal. He had 99 touches of the ball while providing 4 key passes and had a pass accuracy of 90%. He also won 5 ground duels and made 2 successful dribbles during the match as well.
Who are the players would the Attacking half consist of in the team?
In the attacking half of the team, the players who would be a part of it are Nicolas Ngamaleu from Young boys, Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern München. During the 2-1 victory against Manchester United, Nicolas Ngamaleu scored a goal and had 84% pass accuracy. He had 74 touches of the ball while completing 13 ground duels. Jude Bellingham scored a goal as well as provided the other assist in their 2-1 victory. He made a key pass as well while having 85% pass accuracy as well. Robert Lewandowski scored 2 against Barcelona in the 3-0 victory. He made 2 successful dribbles and made 2 key passes and created a big chance during the game
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