As the 2021-2022 season comes to an end, it’s time to take stock and award individual players in the various competitions. This Tuesday, UEFA unveiled its typical team of the last edition of the Champions League, which ended on Saturday with the victory of Real Madrid against Liverpool (1-0). With four representatives each, the two finalists logically dominate this eleven, composed by a panel of technical observers of UEFA. Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are also represented.
Reds to protect Courtois
After a heroic final, the Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois logically keeps the cage of this typical team. In front of him, the Belgian can count on a defense composed of three Liverpool players: attacking fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold (4 assists) and Andrew Robertson (3 assists), as well as the solid central defender Virgil van Dijk. The Reds are joined by Chelsea’s rugged center back Antonio Rüdiger.
Fabinho accompanies two magicians the midfield
In midfield, the veteran and always valuable Luka Modric logically finds his place in this team. The Croatian from Real has provided four assists this season, including a memorable one in the quarterfinal second leg against Chelsea with a sublime outside foot. Another passing genius, Kevin De Bruyne (2 goals and 3 assists with Manchester City), has settled in alongside the Madrid man and Liverpool’s indispensable midfielder, Fabinho, who scored an important goal against Villarreal in the semi-final second leg (3-2) when the Reds were trailing 0-2.
Mbappé paired with Real’s flamboyant duo
In attack, Karim Benzema is logically among the selected players. Voted best player of the tournament, the Real striker finished as top scorer (15 goals) and played a major role in the Merengue’s incredible run with decisive goals against PSG (0-1, 3-1), Chelsea (3-1, 2-3 a.m.) and Manchester City (3-4, 3-1 a.m.). His teammate Vinicius Junior, scorer of the only goal in the final and named best player of the tournament, also earned his place (4 goals and 7 assists). They are accompanied by PSG striker Kylian Mbappé. Eliminated from the 8th finals but author of 6 goals and 6 assists in this edition, the Parisian has marked the spirits of voters.