Combined XI: The Champions League despite having let go of the away goals rule this season was second to none in terms of the drama and excitement it produced. The stage is set in Paris for the biggest match in Europe this season, between arguably two of the biggest teams in the European stage.
Here is FootballChase’s combined XI for the Champions League 2021/22 final.
GK – Thibaut Courtois
Liverpool number 1 Alisson Becker, has no doubt had an incredible season. The Brazilian’s one on one saves are arguably the best in the world. However, Courtois had to take the spot as he had been an unsung hero throughout Real’s campaign. Furthermore, the Belgian has a better save percentage and PSxG-GA.
LB – Andrew Robertson
Ferland Mendy has taken over the spot of Marcelo with little to no difficulties. If the Frenchman manages to keep up the form, he will no doubt be the first choice left back for Los Blancos for the better part of the next decade.
However, Andrew Robertson with 15 assists in all competitions this season, along with his incredible work rate gets in my XI.
CB – Virgil van Dijk
After a career threatening injury, it is fair to say Van Dijk has not lost a step since his return. The Dutchman who is widely considered as the world’s best defender has shown how much the Reds missed him last season.
CB – Joel Matip
David Alaba who is expected to start this Saturday after being sidelined recently did not make my XI. Joel Matip, who might not even start this Saturday with the more mobile Konate playing ahead of him, is my choice to partner Van Dijk.
The Cameroonian’s injury woes over the last few seasons have prevented him from being considered among the best in Europe, despite not stepping a foot wrong when fit. Along with solidity in the back, the former Schalke man sure knows how to progress the ball forward.
RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold
By far the easiest decision in the XI. A generational talent, who recently completed club football at the age of 23. Missing out on the top assister narrowly to Salah does not miss the spot in my starting XI.
CDM – Casemiro
This could have gone either way. Either of these Brazilian defensive midfielders can get in any starting XI in the world. Unfortunately, I had to choose one and considering fitness issues, I have gone for the Real Madrid man.
CM – Thiago
The Spaniard has always been magical throughout his career. But with the frontline of Liverpool, things just appear a lot more special. Having appeared in training, he is likely to make an appearance this Saturday. Although it might be off the bench. However, he starts for me in my lineup.
CM – Luka Modrić
At the age of 36, the Croatian has managed to make 42 appearances and has made 13 goal contributions along the way. Furthermore, the former Spurs man provides much more balance in the midfield. Ahead of the likes of Kroos, Henderson, Valverde and Keita.
LW – Vinícius Júnior
This was yet another close call but the young Brazilian more than deserves a spot with 21 goals and 20 assists in 51 appearances. Furthermore, with Diaz, Jota and Mane sharing time on the left flank, I had to lean towards the former Flamengo man.
CF – Karim Benzema
The Frenchman has arguably hit his peak at the age of 34, scoring 44 goals. And registering 15 assists in 45 appearances in all competitions. I could not look past him and his Ballon d’Or worthy season.
RW – Mohamad Salah
Sure his goals have been less frequent since the AFCON. However, the Egyptian has still been menacing defences, with his link up play, assists and a few crucial goals. Despite injury woes he still makes it in the lineup ahead of Rodrygo and (maybe) Minamino.