Bayern Munich became the first side since the Champions League era to win all their games on their way to lighting the title. Also, they are the first side since Manchester United in 2007-08 season to go unbeaten en route to glory. As such, Hansi Flick’s side dominated the Goal’s Champions League team of the season 2019-2020.
The victory marks the sixth time the Bavarians are conquering Europe after their sensational run this term. Bayern Munich dominated throughout the competition, which had merited them eight players in Goal’s Champions League team of the season.
So, who else made the cut? Find out from the list below;
Champions League Team Of The Season 2019-2020 According to GOAL
GK: Manuel Neuer [Bayern Munich]
Two years ago, it seemed as though Neuer’s time is up as Germany’s number one, following the sensational rise of Ter Stegen of Barcelona. Plus his strange display at the 2018 World Cup, which prompted many to question his competency.
However, the Bavarian captain has shut up every criticism targeted towards him in the past as he lifted the European Cup having kept clean sheets six times in the process – the most of any goalkeeper in the tournament.
His series of superb saves in the final took his tally to 28 in the competition, with his completion rate of 77 percent second only to Andre Onana among goalkeepers to make at least 15 saves during the tournament. A deserved selection.
RB: Joshua Kimmich [Bayern Munich]
The 25-year-old once again was outstanding for the German heavyweights during the tournament, creating more chances more than any other player in the competition (28). His fourth assist in the tournament was the cross that Kingsley Coman headed home for the only goal in the final.
Whether it was in the central midfield position or at the right-back, Joshua Kimmich was instrumental for the Bavarians on their journey to victory at Lisbon. He also contributed two goals towards the success of Hansi Flick’s side and his influence continued to grow with the team.
CB: Dayot Upamecano [RB Leipzig]
At just 21 years of age, Upamecano has already confirmed his place among the best center-backs in the world football with his impressive performances over the course of Leipzig’s run to the semi-finals.
Whilst his man of the match-winning display against Atletico Madrid proved to be the peak of his competition, the young Frenchman won in excess of 70% of his duels throughout the tournament.
Upamecano may well stay with Julian Nagelsmann’s side come 2020-21 season, but he may surely not last beyond that as one of the truly Europe’s elite clubs might sort for his signature.
CB: David Alaba [Bayern Munich]
At the beginning of the season, David Alaba started off at the left-back position. However, with injuries starting to pile up, the Austrian left full-back showed his versatility by stepping into the center-back role for the Bavarians and excelled in his new role.
On the course of the Champions League campaign, the 28-year-old won 85% of his attempted tackles and 75% of his duels while completing 91% of his attempted passes.
Despite being so underrated, Bayern Munich is desperate to resolve his contract situation as soon as possible. Alaba is a deserved member of the Goal’s Champions League team of the season!
LB: Alphonso Davies [Bayern Munich]
Not a little longer than just 12 months ago, Alphonso Davies was just a teenage winger who’s looking up to the best in the game in his favorite position. A year later, the 19-year-old emerges as one of the most talented left-backs in world football. His performances were a joy to watch both in Europe and domestically.
On their way to glory in the Champions League, Davies won two-thirds of his attempted tackles and duels. He also had three assists to his name, of which one of them came against Barcelona, where he mesmerized Nelson Semedo to set up Kimmich’s goal.
RW: Serge Gnabry [Bayern Munich]
One person’s loss can be another’s to gain. The saying is evident in Gnabry’s road to becoming a top talent. At Arsenal and West Brom, the talented winger never had the opportunity to showcase what talent he has got and now it’s the German champions who are in gain.
The Germany international had an impressive Champions League campaign, finding the back of the net on nine occasions, including a hat-trick against Tottenham in the group stages.
Gnabry also contributed two assists as the team cruised to victory, making many believe he’s the rightful heir to Arjen Robben on Bayern’s right-hand side of the pitch.
CM: Thiago Alcantara [Bayern Munich]
It might be too harsh to judge Thiago based on the statistics of goals and assists. While the diminutive midfielder had no goals to his name, he provided two assists to his team’s success. However, it was the Spain international’s pass intelligence that sets him apart among his peers.
Thiago is the only player to attempt 832 passes during the course of the competition, of which 91% of them found their intended target.
No doubts, he merits Goal’s Champions League team of the season. Meanwhile, Liverpool fans are desperate for their side to sign the midfielder as he now has one year left in his contract at Bayern Munich.
CM: Thomas Muller [Bayern Munich]
Muller might look a forgotten man before Niko Kovac was sacked in November as it looked inevitable that he would be sold having fallen down the pecking order at the club.
The player maker’s revival, however, came just in time for Bayern’s upturn in fortunes, with only a few doing more to earn the Bavarians their treble success in 2020.
During the course of the Champions League campaign, Muller contributed four goals and two assists to his team’s success, with only teammate Joshua Kimmich and Kevin De Brunye the only players who created more chances than the Germany international.
LW: Neymar dos Santos [Paris Saint-Germain]
The only PSG player to make Goal’s Champions League team of the season 2019-2020 despite their impressive run to finals.
Neymar might have had a tearful ending in his Champions League campaign, but it was such a season which he could look back to as he did enough to re-establish his reputation as one of the game’s most talented players on the world.
Meanwhile, both Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria recorded more goals and assists than the Brazilian, but his seven goals contribution (three goals and four assists) was the driving force behind PSG’s run to the final.
During the last-16 win over Borussia Dortmund, Neymar scored two of their three goals before proving decisive for the French Champions during the mini-tournament in Lisbon that saw the end of the campaign.
ST: Erling Haaland [Borussia Dortmund]
What a breakout season for the youngster. Haaland’s performances in the Champions League particularly was what drew the attention of the whole world to his goal-scoring talent. Simply Ronaldo-esque!
After scoring a hat-trick for Red Bull Salzburg on his debut in the competition against Genk in the group stages, Haaland would go on to notch seven more goals in just eight appearances for Salzburg and Dortmund put together.
ST: Robert Lewandowski [Bayern Munich]
An outstanding campaign for the Polish attacker ended with a Champions League winner’s medal, the first in his historic career. Moreover, had it been that Ballon d’Or Awards was not canceled, it’s obvious that he would be a deserved winner come December.
Lewy finished the campaign with 15 goals in 11 appearances for the Bavarians, a feat only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo on two occasions (16 and 17) in 2015-16 and 2013-2014 seasons respectively.
The striker who finished this campaign with 55 goals across all competitions also provided five assists for his team-mates over the course of Champions League competition. He is an absolute phenomenon this campaign and will deserve an award that might still come his way in the coming months.
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