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Champions League – Team of the last-16 first leg

The Champions League came back with a bang last week with the Round of the last-16 getting underway. Here are the best performers from the eight fixtures that we have seen in the last two week.

David de Gea (Manchester United)

Made eight saves, including several absolutely sensational stops as he keeps Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying alive.

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Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Not a lot to do in defence against Besiktas who played the majority of the game with 10 men, but Kimmich exploited the space down the right, and grabbed himself an assist too.

 

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Despite the convincing 5-0 scoreline, Liverpool has their fair share of defending to do, and Van Dijk did it expertly, making five clearances, three interceptions and three tackles to maintain their clean sheet.

 

Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)

Like Liverpool, City’s 4-0 scoreline doesn’t tell the full story of the game, with Basel creating plenty of opportunities. Alongside Vincent Kompany, who also had a good game, Otamendi made two clearances, one block, two interceptions and four tackles.

 

Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Grabbed a late goal as Real Madrid beat one of the tournament favourites PSG 3-1 at the Bernabeu.

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Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)

Back to his best after a series of injuries, scoring two goals as City put Basel to the sword to all but confirm their place in the quarter finals.

 

Ever Benega (Sevilla)

Made an incredible 10 key chances for the Spanish side as they put Manchester United under siege, and would have won if not for the man at the top of this list, David de Gea.

 

Willian (Chelsea)

Was Chelsea’s main creative outlet, and on another day could have walked away with a hat-trick, if it weren’t for two of his strikes hitting the post, while the other flew into the bottom right corner.

 

Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

Two goals and an assist for the brilliant Germany international.

 

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

A return to form for Sadio Mane who hit a hat-trick for Liverpool as they routed Porto in Portugal.

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Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Just like his teammate Muller, Lewandowski also bagged two goals and an assist as Bayern ran riot against 10-man Besiktas.

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