Europa League XI: 2012/13
As we enter the final stages of the Europa League, we look at a top XI players to feature in the competition this season
There's no doubt that the Europa League is overshadowed by the Champions League but there are many great players that play in the competition which can make a fantastic XI.
It should be noted that Champions League teams that drop into the competition are not included.
Here is my XI players that make a top Europa League side:
Goalkeeper | Hugo Lloris | Tottenham Hotspurs
The acrobatic goalkeeper joined Tottenham this summer for a fee of £7.9 million also believed to be a risk by Spurs, however Lloris has impressed in goal this season after winning the number one place off Friedel. Hugo has a safe pair of hands, great reflexes and controls his box well.
Right-back | Glen Johnson | Liverpool
The established England right back can offer a lot to a team than just defending, with his blistering pace Johnson can almost play as a right winger and deliver the goods into the box. Glen also has a lethal weak foot and can hit the net from distance.
Centre-back | Daniel Agger | Liverpool
The second Liverpool player to make the team, the Danish centre back captains his national side and is also a established player in the Liverpool setup. He joined Liverpool in 2006 and has since been pursued by Spanish giants Barcelona. His experience and aerial presence is a great asset to any team landing himself a place in this team.
Centre-back | Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham
The Big Belgian has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League season and also it being his debut season also tells you just how good Jan is.
The adaptable goalscoring centre-half who has also filled in left back this season is as technically gifted as centre backs come also notching up a good goal tally of six for Spurs.
Left-back | Javier Zanetti | Inter
At 39-years-old Zanetti is quite incredible for what he does, the versatile Argentinean can play any defensive role in a team and his experience he would bring to a team both on and off the field would be priceless. Zanetti personifies professionalism.
Centre defensive-midfield | Moussa Sissoko | Newcastle
The January signing of Sissoko had to be Newcastle's best, the powerful box-to-box midfielder is in full control of this teams engine room.
The Frenchman can run for days and sets a great example for other players on the pitch. The midfielder excels in all area's of the pitch from attacking to defending.
Right-midfield | Mohamed Salah | FC Basel
The lighting quick right midfield will cause any defender a real problem. The 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and Basel may be tempted to cash in on the youngster for a good sum of money if another club comes knocking.
Salah's most recognisable performance to date was when he had Tottenham's defence in knots in this years Europa League semi-finals.
Left-midfield | Arda Turan | Athletico Madrid
Usually a more centrally focused player, Turan can still operate on either flank well. While he won't be running rings around the opposition's defence what the Turk does give you is incisive vision and creativity. Arda has great technical ability and with a wide range of passes can quickly become a defenders worst nightmare in a instance.
Centre attacking-midfield | Gareth Bale | Tottenham
Is there anything this man can't do? Bale has been in irresistible form this season adding a lot more goals to his game due to his switch into a more central position, making him one of the deadliest players in Europe.
If Tottenham don't achieve Champions League football next season Bale could be tempted to a move for Champions League football, which would be catastrophic for Tottenham. The Welshman has been nominated for both Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year and at only 23-years-old he has a huge future ahead of him.
Striker | Edinson Cavanni | Napoli
The Uruguayan is currently being tempted away from Napoli by some of the biggest clubs in the world like PSG, Manchester City and Real Madrid. This alone tells you how good of a footballer Cavanni is.
The potent striker has found the back of the net 31 times this season in all competition and leads Napoli's line very well.
Striker | Radamel Falcao | Athletico Madrid
This goal scoring machine is as prolific as they come. Falcao can change a game from any where in and around the 18-yard box.
His ability to finish is one of the best in the world whether that be from his head or either of his feet, which are as both as good as each other. The Colombian has converted over 30 times this season and is being monitored by teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
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