The Champions League is back, and as always, it’s brought with it some standout performances. We break down the best XI from the opening round of fixtures, with Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez leading the charge and Serie A’s influence evident.
Nick Pope (Newcastle United)
Pope was instrumental in ensuring Newcastle secured a point at San Siro. With eight crucial saves, the English shot-stopper was the standout performer, earning him a spot in our best XI.
Jules Kounde (Barcelona)
Kounde was a rock at the back for Barcelona in their dominant 5-0 victory over Royal Antwerp. The Frenchman’s defensive prowess was on full display, complemented by his impressive 94.2% pass accuracy.
Mohamed Ali Camara (Young Boys)
Despite Young Boys’ defeat to RB Leipzig, Camara’s defensive efforts didn’t go unnoticed. The Guinea international’s six tackles and interceptions, combined with his four clearances, earned him a spot in our lineup.
Mohamed Simakan (RB Leipzig)
Simakan’s solid defensive display was capped off with a goal, making him an easy pick for our best XI.
Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
Odegaard was the linchpin in Arsenal’s midfield during their 4-0 victory over PSV. The Norwegian’s vision, passing, and goal contribution showcased his importance to the Gunners.
Galeno (FC Porto)
Galeno had a night to remember, being directly involved in all three of Porto’s goals against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Brazilian winger, formerly of Leeds United, was a constant menace for Royal Antwerp, providing an assist and being a key figure in Barcelona’s attacking play.
Julian Alvarez (Manchester City)
Alvarez was the star of the round. The Argentine’s brace and overall play against FK Crvena Zvezda earned him a perfect rating and the title of player of the round.
Joao Felix (Barcelona)
On loan from Atletico Madrid, Felix seems to have found his rhythm at Barcelona. His two goals and an assist against Royal Antwerp showcased his undeniable talent.
This XI, chosen by Whoscored.com, highlights the standout performers from the first round of Champions League fixtures. With the competition just beginning, it’ll be interesting to see which players continue to shine on Europe’s biggest stage.