The Champions League resumed its rights this week with spectacular first leg quarter-finals. And while some have taken serious options for qualification, others still have a lot of work to do to get to the semi-finals. Foot Mercato offers you an overview of the players who have shone, with their typical team. And in goal, we chose to salute the performance of Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian goalkeeper of Real Madrid certainly conceded a goal signed Kai Havertz at the end of the first period, but above all he was very solid when Chelsea pushed to come back, with this magnificent save on a strike from Cesar Azpilicueta.
To accompany the Red Devil in defense, we bet on a line of four. Right, how not to quote Trent Alexander Arnold ? The Englishman from Liverpool regaled his partners with good balls, like this service for Luis Diaz which brings Sadio Mané’s goal. Rarely caught out defensively, the young man confirmed outing after outing. On the other hand, we opted for Ferland Mendy. Impregnable in one against one, the former Lyonnais displayed a disconcerting assurance in his ball outings. In central hinge, it is the pair Pau Torres-David Alaba who convinced us. The first put the attackers of Bayern Munich under the extinguisher with Villarreal while the second never really seemed in difficulty against the Blues.
Between, Naby Keita received the majority of votes. The Guinean from Liverpool, who has not always shown his best face with the Reds, shone on the lawn of Benfica. Constant activity, several clear chances, a decisive pass and a remarkable understanding with his attackers: there was everything in his performance on Tuesday evening. To support him in recovery, we have selected Etienne Capoue. In line with his excellent campaign in C1, the former Toulousain was again particularly valuable this Wednesday for Unai Emery and his team against Bayern. For the touch of creativity, we will trust Giovani Lo Celso. Decisive passer, the Argentinian, who passed through Paris SG, pulled out all the stops with several well-felt passes to sow discord in the Bavarian defense.
In attack, special mention to Arnaut Danjuma. If he missed a few chances, the Dutchman still offered victory to the yellow submarine against the Munich. Real poison, the striker who arrived from Bournemouth last summer has thus become, in the space of one season, the top scorer in the history of his club in Champions League, with 6 goals. Recruited from FC Porto in January, the Colombian Luis Diaz, goalscorer and decisive passer against Benfica on Tuesday evening, again proved that he had everything from very good business for Liverpool. How, finally, not to salute the immense performance of Karim Benzemaauthor of a sparkling hat-trick this Wednesday on the lawn of Chelsea?