Chelsea fans are still celebrating their Champions League success. Thomas Tuchel got Chelsea fans all over the world into hysteria and you can bet the party will last for a long time, to the chagrin of fans of rival clubs.
We take a look at the best performers in the UEFA Champions League this season, with majority of them coming from Chelsea as expected.
Goalkeeper – Ferland Mendy (Chelsea)
The Senegalese shot-stopper capped a fairytale season with a Champions League medal. He had little to do in the final but his assuredness and brilliant saves were crucial in the run-in.
The highlight of his season was keeping Chelsea in the semi-final tie against Real Madrid with brilliant saves in the first leg.
Rightback – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s captain remained Mr. Reliable. Playing majorly as part of the back 3 in Tuchel’s system. Azpilicueta rarely put a foot wrong throughout his 11 appearances in the competition.
Leftback – Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid)
The French leftback was one of the reasons Madrid made it to the semi-final. His highlight was a brilliant performance in the first leg of the quarter-final against Liverpool.
He made 11 appearances and scored one goal.
Center-back – Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Dias marshalled a watertight Manchester City defence, which was the bedrock of the Citizens getting to the final.
Even though Dias couldn’t end an impressive debut season with Manchester City with the Champions League title, he did enough to make our team.
Center-back – Marquinhos (PSG)
The Brazilian must have been disappointed with the Parisiens ouster at the semi-final stage but can keep his head high for his own performance.
He was rock solid in defence as well as contributing goals at the other end. He scored 3 goals in 11 appearances.
Midfielder – Ngolo Kante (Chelsea)
The pint sized Frenchman performance in the final alone is enough to win him a place in this team. He was at his hassling and tackling best throughout his 13 appearances in the competition.
He is already in the conversation for a Balon D’Or.
Midfielder – Mason Mount (Chelsea)
The becoming of Mount was complete with a brilliant performance in the Champions League final, providing the assist for the winning goal.
The highlight of his season was the goal that put Real Madrid to the sword in the semi-final.
Midfielder – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Up until a frustrating final was ended with a ruptured face, the Belgian was arguably the player of the competition.
Playing many times as a false nine, De Bruyne was at his best helping City to their first final.
Right Wing-forward – Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
The Algerian fully got into his own in the knockout stages of the competition.
He scored 3 of the 4 goals the Citizens scored against PSG in the semi-final.
Right Wing-forward – Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Though he looked helplessly from the stands as PSG got knocked out in the semi-final, he was one of the best players of the tournament.
The highlight of his season was a hattrick at the Nou Camp against Barcelona. He ended with 8 goals in 10 appearances.
Center-forward – Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
The Norwegian did his growing reputation no harm with another stellar goals scoring season in the Champions League.
He ended the season as topscorer with 10 goals in 8 appearances, failing to score only in the quarter-final clashes against Manchester City.
Manager – Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
Unarguably the manager of the season, he masterminded Chelsea’s second Champions League title in just three months in charge.
His solid team barely broke a sweat in seeing off the likes of Atletico Madrid, Porto, Real Madrid and Manchester City in the final, conceding just two goals in the run.
Substitutes: T. Courtois (Real Madrid), A. Rudiger (Chelsea), B. Chilwell (Chelsea), L. Modric (Real Madrid), P. Foden (Man. City), Neymar Jr (PSG), K. Benzema (Real Madrid)
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