Choosing a squad for the UEFA Champions League final is unlike any other match in the campaign, as managers on #UCLfantasy, powered by Playstation, only need 11 players instead of the usual 15. With that in mind, the Scout’s final squad for 2021/22 offers multiple budget options and is a balanced mix of Liverpool and Real Madrid players, with Thibaut Courtois, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Luka Modrić, Karim Benzema and Luis Díaz all deserving of a spot .
Choose your fantasy squad for the Champions League final
• Analysis: Projected Points
• Popular picks and differentials
• What should your fantasy captain be?
From the two goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois (€6.7m) seems a wiser buy than Liverpool counterpart Alisson Becker, although the latter has two hands against Courtois’ no hand in the knockout rounds. However, Alisson has accumulated just two save points all season compared to 13 for the Belgian and with both sides likely to score at the Stade de France it’s a more likely source of fantasy points down the road.
reserve goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher (€4.0m) is a useful budget enabler at the lowest price in the game.
Given the likelihood of both sides finding the net in the final, clean sheets are unlikely, turning the focus to other opportunities for fantasy returns among defenders. In terms of attacking performance, there are few better than Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander Arnold (€7.0m) and Andy Robertson (€6.6m)who have 48 and 36 points respectively, Alexander-Arnold contributed four assists to his teammate’s two.
The highest-scoring defender left in the game is Madrid’s defender Eder Militao (€5.8m), whose 51 points total includes 20 from ball recoveries, and the Brazilian could be busy again in that regard at Saint-Denis. The non-playing defenders are cheap Mario Gila (€4.0m) and Pablo Ramon (€4.0m).
In terms of mid-range premium options, there’s only room for one of them due to budget constraints Mohamed Salah (€11.2m) and Sadio Mané, the former despite conceding a gap since the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg. Fitness allowed Fabinho (€6.2m) His goal in the second leg of the semi-final is also a welcome bonus to his ball possession, which has given him 19 of his 43 points this season.
Madrid’s midfield representatives are Luka Modric (€8.6m)who is second in position to Salah, and Casemiro (€7.5m), who has a total of 39 points – 18 via the ball recovery route. The non-playing midfielder is Liverpool’s Tyler Morton (€4.5m).
Unlike other positions, all three forwards will start in the roster and it’s proving to be a relatively straightforward pick, with the top three goalscorers on #UCLfantasy all getting the grade. Karim Benzema (€10.8m) is clearly at the top of the charts with 100 points, has scored ten goals in the knockout stages alone and has amassed 61 fantasy points in his last five appearances. Clubmate from Madrid Vinícius Júnior (€9.2m) has 59 points in total and is Madrid’s most likely source of an attacking return behind Benzema with three goals and six assists this season.
From a Liverpool perspective, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino – the latter most likely off the bench – both have their merits but the standout option is Luis Diaz (€8.5m)whose 50 fantasy points this season include 26 since joining from Porto in January.