Arsenal & Chelsea stars make this season’s Champions League XI with one player from each team…
Half way through the group stages of the Champions League, and there have already been some stand-out performers in this year’s competition. But which players deserve a place in this season’s Champions League XI?
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With only one player from each team, here is the Champions League best XI based on current form:
GK) Danijel Subasic – Monaco
Monaco are one of just two teams to have kept clean sheets in all three of their games so far, thanks in large part to the man between the sticks.
RB) Danilo – FC Porto
Porto have been dominant in their group so far, and their defence has been solid throughout the competition. A host of defenders could have made it into the team, but Danilo just makes the cut.
CB) David Luiz – Paris Saint-Germain
Currently topping a group that contains Barcelona, PSG have been far better in the Champions League than domestically. David Luiz was heavily involved in his new side’s win over Barca and has settled in superbly since his move from Chelsea.
CB) Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund are the only team other than Monaco to have kept three clean sheets so far, and with a regularly changing defence due to injury Sokratis has been a mainstay. With their thoroughly woeful domestic form the Bundesliga side may have to win the Champions League if they want to be involved next year.
LB) Kieran Gibbs – Arsenal
Although the Gunners have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their three games, English left-back Kieran Gibbs has been solid throughout the campaign. Scoring the late equalising goal that gave Arsene Wenger’s side the platform to push on and grab the win against Anderlecht, he has been vital to their success this season so far.