Champions League Fantasy Football: Strikers | UEFA Champions League

Unlike last season, when the choice of forwards was extremely limited in the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, this time both Liverpool and Real Madrid offer some excellent attacking options for managers on #UCLfantasy, brought to you by Playstation.

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Highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Man.  city

Highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Man. city

There’s no doubt who the standout batting option is Karim Benzema (€10.8m) take the competition by storm this year. The Frenchman has 100 #UCLfantasy points for the season – 24 points clear of second-placed Mohamed Salah – and has scored 15 goals. The Real Madrid talisman even had his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 17 goals in a single UEFA Champions League season in his sights and certainly looks capable in his current form.

Ten goals in the knockout stages alone are testament to Benzema’s experience in the big games and his recent exploits have propelled him third in the all-time UEFA Champions League goalscorers list. Having already provided victories against Chelsea and Manchester City in the last two rounds, a third Premier League team now stands in his way and it would be a brave #UCLfantasy manager to do without the 34-year-old.

Benzema is cleverly supported by a Brazilian couple Vinícius Júnior (€9.2m) and Rodrygo (€8.1m)who have made meaningful contributions themselves. Vinícius has started all 12 of Madrid’s games this season and has made offensive returns in seven of them, his six assists more than any other player still involved. Rodrygo was the star of Real Madrid’s 3-1 comeback win over Manchester City in the semi-final second leg, his dying brace crucial to turn the tie. He has five goals and two assists in the UEFA Champions League this season and is the cheapest player in the Madrid triumvirate.

Highlights: Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool

Highlights: Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool

Liverpool also have three main striker options to choose from and that’s about it Luis Diaz (€8.5m) who stands out after edging his way into Jurgen Klopp’s preferred starting XI since arriving in January. The Colombian has recorded four goals, one assist and three Player of the Match awards across all competitions, both for his current club and former employers Porto, and it would be a surprise if he didn’t start at the Stade de France.

#UCLfantasy managers certainly shouldn’t be discounting Roberto Firmino (€8.7m) and Diogo Jota (€8.5m), However. Despite limited playing time, Firmino has scored five times en route to Paris and is now injury-free, while Jota had a career-best goalscoring season with 21 club goals in all competitions and both will likely be involved even if they miss the starting line-up.

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