Champions League dream team
The Uefa champions League produced remarkable and unforgettable memories and surprises, including a surprise champion in Chelsea.
I thought it expedient to provide you with my selection of the team of the tournament with the best players chosen for every position.
Do you agree with my choices? Let me know what you think.
Petr Cech: How decisive the Chelsea goalkeeper was. The miraculous save he made to deny Napoli a 4-1 victory turned out to be the key action that propelled Chelsea to qualification into the quarterfinals. He further capped it with world class saves, most especially in the final vs Bayern.
Danni Alves: Outstanding in his contribution, not only offensively but also improved defensively from the last season. His contribution helped Barcelona reach the semifinals.
David Alaba: This 19-year-old full-back is not only the biggest revelation of this year’s Champions League bu,t in my opinion, the best left full-back in Europe this season. His contribution to Bayern’s success is not measurable. He is intelligent, has a phenomenal sense of positioning and always offers options to the forwards.
Sergio Ramos: The provisional central defender was instrumental in helping Real Madrid reach the semifinals. Defensively he was brilliant and his contribution in the team build up was remarkable.
Javier Mascherano: This ex-Liverpool defensive midfielder converted to central defence is a great asset to Barcelona. He was strong on the man, aggressive, solid and a good passer of the ball to start attacks for Barcelona from behind.
John Obi Mikel: Often criticised in the past for defensive gaps, Mikel came of age this year and the tactics of His coach Roberto Di Mateo meant he could have colleagues nearby to help. His game flourished and he sealed it up with a remarkable final performance.
Axel Witsel: The ex standard Liege midfielder is the second best revelation of the season behind Alaba. His remarkable performances helped Benfica top their group and eliminate the legendary man. United all at once. His performance helped Benfica play a resounding champions league season. His ability to change from defensive duties to attack is probably why top European clubs are interested in his services for next season.
Mezut Otzil: What a playmaker and chief of assists. This player is a beauty to watch on the ball and his vista is second to none. His trademark ‘in front of the colleague’s path’ passes unlocked defenses and made Real Madrid strikers lethal.
Cristiano Ronaldo: One of the two extra-terrestrials in modern day football. This season’s second highest goal scorer is definitely in contention for best player of the year with his mouth watering performances for Real Madrid. Not only did he score goals people dream about but he also created several for colleagues, with his new team-spirited play.
Lionel Messi: The other extra-terrestrial in world football practically scored most goals for Barcelona as they reached the semifinals. Little wonder he was once again the highest goal scorer in this season’s campaign, breaking along the way his own record of number of goals scored in a champion’s league season.
Didier Drogba: The pride of Africa and Mr big games. Chelsea owes their title greatly to him and what a dramatic campaign he had. Not only did he score decisive goals to lead his team to victory but added more suspense by gifting opponents in the semifinals penalties, for them to miss, just before he became decisive by scoring the winners. What a great way to kiss the European Champions league goodbye for 2011/2012: His kick was the last and it was the winner of the trophy.