Champions League

UEFA Champions League final preview: Best Fantasy players for Chelsea v City

The UEFA Champions League reaches its climax in Porto on Saturday evening with an all-English match-up between Manchester City and Chelsea.

That means there is just one more chance for UCL Fantasy managers to climb up the overall ranks and compete for mini-league glory.

Even those of us who have had a torrid season (or have even yet to enter a team) will still get the chance to win something, with Matchday prizes – such as a Playstation 5 and replica shirt – up for grabs.

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Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola’s side are one game from the Champions League trophy. The Premier League winners have steamrollered their way through Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach to get to this point and haven’t really had to get out of second gear in doing so.

They’ve played a very similar line-up in most of their European knockout games so far and we’ll be able to see both teams’ line-ups before the deadline anyway.

We can expect Kevin De Bruyne (11.4m), Phil Foden (7.5m) and Riyad Mahrez (9.1m) to start up front. De Bruyne will play as a false nine, a position he has thrived in so far in this competition. He’s got three goals in his last five Champions League games and will be crucial to picking apart Chelsea’s incredibly resilient backline. 

However, when it comes to captaincy, Mahrez has four goals in his last three Champions League games, including his very impressive brace in the last tie against PSG. He has only 9% ownership and may well be on penalties, as well. 

Playing off the left wing, Foden scored in both legs against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals and set up one of Mahrez’s goals in the second leg against PSG. Foden is a great pick, especially given his price, but nevertheless remains the third-best option of the likely front three.

In midfield, Ilkay Gundogan (6.9m) and Bernardo Silva (7.6m) are expected to sit ahead of Rodri (6m) in a three. Gundogan has struggled to recapture his earlier goalscoring form, predominantly due to the return of De Bruyne from injury. 

Bernardo has started every knockout match for City this year but has just one assist from his last five games. Considering City’s front three are all registered as midfielders in the game, Gundogan, Bernardo and Rodri are much less appealing prospects. 

City’s defence is slightly harder to predict but as many finals are cagey and this Chelsea side aren’t as strong an attacking force as they are defensively, they’re definitely worth looking into. 

John Stones (5.2m) and Ruben Dias (5.8m) will start at centre-back and Stones’ set-piece threat makes him the more appealing option of the two. Stones got four Premier League goals in 22 games and although he’s yet to get off the mark in the Champions League, finals like this are often decided by a dead-ball situation or two.

At full-back, two of Joao Cancelo (6m), Kyle Walker (5.9m) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (4.4m) will start, but it’s slightly harder to predict which pairing will get the nod. If he starts, Zinchenko is a great option thanks to his budget pricing. 

City come into this game as the bookies’ favourites, with the stronger team on paper and the better form. 

Chelsea

However, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have beaten City in both the FA Cup semi-final and Premier League since the German took over at Stamford Bridge. Impressive against Real, Atletico and Porto on the way to the final, Tuchel’s side is built on its rock-solid defence. 

However, after keeping 19 clean sheets in Tuchel’s first 24 matches, Chelsea have now conceded in their last five games and won just one of those five. This lacklustre form, which has included an FA Cup Final defeat and a run for the Champions League spots in the Premier League, raises serious questions over the readiness of this Chelsea side. 

The Blues’ recent record against City and form in the Champions League knockout rounds so far still gives them plenty of room for optimism. Their line-up is harder to predict than City’s, but as mentioned above we’ll know it before the deadline. Mason Mount (6.9m) and Timo Werner (10.4m) will likely start in a front three alongside one of Kai Havertz (8.9m) and Christian Pulisic (8.7m). 

Werner’s biggest strength is that he’s likely to be the only player starting this game who’s registered as a forward, which should make him a no-brainer for anyone’s starting XI. His only Champions League goal under Tuchel came in the second leg of the semi-final. 

What started as a torrid season in front of goal for Werner has turned into a simply unlucky one, with what’s seemed like a constant stream of disallowed goals and overturned penalties embodying Chelsea’s bad luck, which has been a key part of their recent poor form. 

Mount has two goals in his last four European games and takes a lot of set-pieces for Chelsea. For his price, he’s a great option and has developed a knack of scoring in big games already. 

In midfield, Jorginho (6.3m) is a great option for UCL Fantasy. He leads all players left in the competition for balls recovered (78), which has brought him 23 points for that statistic alone. If he starts, the Italian is the main penalty taker for this Chelsea side and a bargain at his price. 

As mentioned, Chelsea’s backline has been integral to their run to the final and there are some solid options across their defence. Ben Chilwell (5.5m) has become a key part of Tuchel’s side and his late goal against Porto highlights his attacking threat. 

Across the rest of the defence, Antonio Rüdiger (4.9m) stands out. His assist in the first leg against Real Madrid means the German centre-back has only scored less than six points on one Matchday in the knockout stages, which is an incredible return for a player of his price. 

In goal, Edouard Mendy (5.5m) is the second-highest scoring player left in the competition. Whatever the result, Mendy will likely have plenty of shots to save.

Chelsea are the underdogs for this tie but they know how to win games and know how to beat Guardiola’s City. Thomas Tuchel lost a Champions League final just last year and so will come into this game motivated by those memories. 

This certainly won’t be the walkover some pundits seem to be forecasting and it’s definitely worthwhile having a side filled with both City and Chelsea players ahead of this game. 

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429 Comments Post a Comment
  1. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Good day for London. Brentford into the PL and Chelsea win the CL.

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pretty much the same that.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Brentford getting promoted is not a good day for London

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Don't forget all the United fans from Essex.

  2. Sleepless in Settle FPL
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Chelsea sacked their manager at the Jan to win UCL again

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      New manager bounce.

  3. KAALI_DAAL
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Holddddddd Mendyyyyyy

    • Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Still time for Stones' brace

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Christensen finally getting that clean sheet

    • Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Mendy beaten!

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Mahrez sot

    • KAALI_DAAL
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Holy crap the Blues did it again!

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Chelsea win CL

      • Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Tuchel > Pep

      • Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        HAHHAHA MAN SHEIKY

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Pep very poor performance. No DM and playing Zinchenko over Cancelo were big mistakes

        1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          sterling?

      • ivantys
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Where's that smart ass pukki blinders telling me he rather United win UEL than Chelsea getting humiliated in UCL

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Commentator on BT Sport: Blue is the colour in Porto tonight....

          Lol

        • Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          NO CL FOR AGUERO HAHAHA

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Maybe at Barca

        • Mario Balofail
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Can Jesus cry?

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Well done Chelsea!

        • Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Champions KTBFFH juhuuu

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Beautiful. Delighted for Pep.

        • DavidBadWillie
            2 months, 6 days ago

            God I hate Chelsea

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Lampard must be gutted, could have been a champs winner as a manager

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Naaah, we wouldn't be champions with him

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Why not

            2. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              No. Lampard was part of the problem.

            3. Rassi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              I think deep down he knows he couldn't have done that.

          • Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Chelsea are the best English team in the last decade. Fact

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              No

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Congratulations to them. That's a fair statement. Tuchel seems to be born for Chelsea FC. He doesn't talk nonsense that man.

          • Ruinenlust
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Imagine losing to Tuchel three times in a row, bald fraud

          • Werkself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Pep outsmarted himself

            1. JBG
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Yet again.

            2. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Yeah he tinkered too much

            3. Champ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Yup. Chelsea deserved their win. Feel sorry for Aguero and true city fans but not for City Inc and definitely not for Pep. He's a big boy and paid enough and gambles too much when it matters most.

          • Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Nice tactical battle between Arteta and Kepa tonight

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              ?

          • Ruinenlust
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Overrated bald fraud hahahaha

          • Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Initially I felt angry at Pep's over engineered bullshit, (as usual from him in this competition.) He has the superior team. Just play your best players in there best positions.

            However, as I lost my ML by 6 points on the final day and can recollect on many occasions being shafted by Pep roulette, seeing his sad face isn't the worst result in the world.

            1. aborg
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Lol yes agreed. I just feel sorry for Aguero though as I would have liked to see him go out scoring his last miracle goal !

              1. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Was still hoping he'd get something in the dying minutes of the game. The City team were letdown by their manager tonight.

          • diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Pep spent all this money and he still don't have a good LB. Mendy, Zinchenko, Cancelo. Will be Ake next season.

          • Silecro
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Rooting for Chelsea my entire life, cried my balls out on Iniesta goal and Terry miss. After Drogba penalty thought i will never feel anything like it, yesterday was my birthday and this is beyond happines i'm feeling right now !! just wanted to share it here 😀

            1. Werkself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Good for you. Soak it in.

            2. I am become Marvin
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Happy birthday.

            3. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 6 days ago

              You’ve had it hard mate, you guys deserved it, really had nothing to celebrate in the past 10 years LoL

            4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Grats, what part of SW London do you hail from?

          • Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            😆