Liverpool, Real overwhelm the typical Champions League squad
UEFA’s technical supervisory board has selected the UEFA Champions League Team of the Year for the 2021/22 season, which includes players from Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. The Blues and PSG did not go too deep in the recent season, while the semi-finalist Villarreal did not have an outstanding individual to be selected.
As the defending champions and runners-up, it’s not difficult to understand that Real Madrid and Liverpool make up the majority of the typical squad with four appearances for each team.
Specifically, 4 names of Real Madrid are goalkeeper Thiabult Courtoism midfielder Luka Modrić and 2 strikers Karim Benzema, Vinícius Júnior. Meanwhile, 4 Liverpool players are defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and midfielder Fabinho.
What is controversial in this list is that Liverpool have 3 defenders honored even though they conceded 6 goals in the group stage and 8 goals in the knockout stage. Liverpool’s number of goals conceded is only 2 goals less than Real Madrid, although opponents they meet like Benfica or Villarreal are not appreciated.
The typical squad of the European Cup 2021/22
Thiabult Courtois (Real Madrid)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
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