After an incredible season of winning all the matches on their way to lifting the UEFA Champions League, Hansi Flick’s side is dominating Chroniclespr’s team of the season of 2019-20. UCL has finally concluded. Bayern Munich lifted the UCL Cup in Lisbon for the sixth time in their history. The entire team dominated the tournament since they became the first club to win each and every single one of their games during the continental campaign. Just like that, the Bavarians dominate Chroniclespr’s Champions League Team of the Season. Let us see which players have made it to the Best 11. For the first time in the past 2 decades, neither Messi nor Ronaldo have made it to the Team of the Season’s 11.
Coach: Hansi Flick
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
After going through a slump at the 2018 World Cup, many questioned if Neuer should continue at the highest level of the game. The Captain of Bayern Munich put that criticism and judgments behind. Not only did he lift the Cup but he also kept six clean sheets which is the most by any goalkeeper this season. Neuer’s saves in the UCL final took his tally of saves to 28 in the competition, with a completion rate of 77%.
Right-Back: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Kimmich put up an excellent performance in both, the central midfield or at right-back to help Bayern achieve the title. The 25-year-old German created mind-boggling chances in the tournament. He created more than any other player in the competition (28). He even assisted the cross from which Kingsley Coman scored the winning goal for their team in the final.
Centre-Back: Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)
Dayot is only 21, but in Leipzig’s run in the UCL to the semi-finals, he has confirmed his place as one of the best center-backs in the footballing world. He was the man of the match in the quarter-finals against Atletico Madrid. He proved to be the zenith of the competition. With the Frenchman winning more than 70% of the duels throughout the tournament, he looks set to stay with Leipzig for the 2020-21 campaign. But, it will definitely not be long before he looks for a move away from his current side and joins one of Europe’s elite clubs.
Centre-Back: David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
Alaba started his campaign as a left-back. He presented great versatility to step in as the center-back in mid-season. Even though he went through an injury crisis, he excelled in his new role. During his run in the UEFA Champions League campaign, the Austrian won 85% of his tackles attempted and 75% of the duels. He had a pass completion rate of 91%. The 28-year-old’s contract will surely be getting extended soon as Bayern would love to lock down one of their most underrated individuals.
Left-Back: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
12 months ago, Alphonso Davies was just a teenage winger who wanted to learn from some of the best players in the game. Just spending a year with the Bavarians, the Canadian international has surfaced as one of the most talented left-backs. His performances at the defense and the attack have astonished everyone in Europe. Over the course of his Champions League campaign, he won almost 70% of his duels and tackles. One of his assists that will always be remembered is where he deceived Nelson Semedo and assisted a tap in goal for fellowman Kimmich to score against Barcelona.
Center-Midfielder: Marquinhos Correa (Paris Saint-Germain)
Marquinhos had shown an extremely breathtaking performance this season for the Ligue 1 giants PSG. He had a huge hand in PSG’s entry to the finals for the first time in their club history. Marquinhos scored the equalizer against Atalanta in the 90th minute to push his team forward for a late comeback in the quarter-finals. He also opened the scoreline for PSG in the semi-finals against RB Leipzig. He showed massive versatility as his coach Thomas Tuchel could rely upon him as a defender or a central midfielder. With Thiago Silva leaving the club, Marquinhos will be PSG’s first choice as the captain to lead the team to their quest for their first-ever UCL title.
Centre-Midfielder: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
Even though Thiago contributed no goals and only two assists towards Bayern’s success in the UEFA Champions League, he has had a mesmeric campaign from being the most relied upon midfielder. The Spanish international attempted 832 passes in the European competition, out of which 91% were successful. Consequently, Liverpool fans are eager to sign Thiago, who is now in the final year of his contract at the Bavarians.
Second Striker: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Before Bayern sacked Niko Kovac in November, it seemed like they would sell Muller after he was going through a slump at the Allianz Arena. However, his game after Flick’s entrance was just brilliant. He led the Bundesliga giants to their second treble. In the course of his UCL campaign, Muller scored four goals and provided two assists behind Kevin De Bruyne and Kimmich who created more chances than the Germany star.
Right-Wing Forward: Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)
Arsenal and West Brom fans must be scratching their heads right now because of how they did not take advantage of Gnabry’s talent and skills during his time in the Premier League. But, their loss has proven to be again for Bayern Munich. The German winger had an amazing campaign that other players dream of. He scored nine goals that include a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage. He also assisted two goals during his campaign that established him as the true successor to Arjen Robben on Bayern’s right-hand side.
Left-Wing Forward: Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain)
Neymar’s run in the UCL ended in a sobbing manner. But the world’s most expensive footballer will definitely look back on this competition as the one where he gave his best performance. He proved that he is truly one of the most skillful and talented players of the game in this world. Even though his teammates Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe had more goal contributions than his seven(three goals and four assists) in the UCL this season, Neymar’s performances were the thrust behind the Ligue 1 side PSG’s run to the finals for the first time. He scored two out of the three goals in PSG’s win over Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16. In the later stages of their campaign also he was the lone attacking player.
Centre Forward: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Lewandowski had a historic campaign that ended with him winning the UEFA Champions League. Everyone also understood that he would have definitely won the Ballon d’Or this year had French Football not canceled it. Even though he failed to break Cristiano Ronaldo’s single-season record, his total of 15 goals in just 11 appearances will still be recorded. Everyone will remember it as one of the greatest goalscoring campaigns in the European Championship. Not only did he score goals, but he also provided 5 assists over the course of the tournament. He truly deserves all the awards and honors that will be coming his way in the upcoming months and it is really sad that the Polish star will not be honored with the highest individual award in the world of football i.e. Ballon d’Or.