The worst UEFA Champions League XI from the group stages this year


The Champions League group stages are over and there was little surprise with who qualified for the knockout stages.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski currently leads the scoring stats with an impressive eight goals in just six games with Edin Dzeko also impressing in front of goal.

Giorgio Chiellini has unsurprisingly been solid at the back for Juventus and Dusan Tadic is showing the kind of form for Ajax that Southampton fans could only dream of.

Although some have seriously underperformed in Europe for their respective clubs. 

Here is our worst eleven from the Champions League group stages:

Andriy Pyatov - (Shakhtar Dontesk)

It could seem slightly harsh to put Pyatov in, as he has had to deal with a lot of action in front of goal for Shakhtar.

But you simply cannot ignore the fact that the 34-year-old has let in 16 goals during the group stages this season.


Michalis Bakakis - (AEK Athens)

You could pick quite a few of the Athens starting eleven after they scored just two goals in Group E, conceding 13 in the process.

Bakakis played all but 20 minutes of AEK's group campaign and whether he was at right back or right midfield was largely ineffective.


Nick Viergever - (PSV Eindhoven)

PSV have a young promising squad with the likes of Hirving Lozano and Steven Bergwijn and despite having the unofficial 'group of death', they would have expected to have made a better account of themselves.

Viergever was a permanent fixture at the back for the Dutch side and seemed simply helpless to what was going on around him.

Tottenham Hotspur v PSV - UEFA Champions League Group B

Jemerson - (AS Monaco)

Jemerson has summed up Monaco's terrible campaign not just in Europe but domestically too.

The centre-back was shown up against Atletico Madrid in particular, being torn apart by two teenagers. Something that should be inexplicable for a player who has been capped by Brazil.

Club Atletico de Madrid v AS Monaco - UEFA Champions League Group A

Juanfran - (Atletico Madrid)

Juanfran was one of the best full-backs in the world at one stage which is why this is somewhat a sad inclusion.

The 33-year-old was mentally and physically defeated by none other than Jadon Sancho, as Borussia Dortmund gave Diego Simeone his worst defeat as manager.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Group A

Isco - (Real Madrid)

Isco is no doubt one of the world's best attacking midfielders on his day and on ability alone does not belong on this list.

However, the Spaniard has only managed one goal and no assists in four games for Los Galacticos in Europe - it's no secret that his mentality is not where it should be either at the moment.

Real Madrid  v CSKA Moscow - UEFA Champions League Group G

Nemanja Matic - (Manchester United)

Matic was the perfect signing for United last year, providing much-needed protection in front of a fragile back four.

Now the Serb's form has dropped significantly looking slower on the ball and even losing five or ten percent of his dogged strength, United's performances against Young Boys and Valencia exposed this.

Manchester United v BSC Young Boys - UEFA Champions League Group H

Paul Pogba - (Manchester United)

A player that is never out of the headlines, Paul Pogba started the group stage off rather nicely with two goals against Young Boys in a 3-0 win.

Since then Pogba has been a shadow of his former self, frequently giving the ball away and sitting far too deep to really make any waves during a game.

Valencia v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Group H

Ivan Perisic - (Inter Milan)

Man United may have made a lucky escape in not signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, the Croat - like so many of his national teammates - are still suffering from a World Cup hangover.

His scary quickness and innovation on the left side hasvemysteriously gone missing this season, if Perisic had replicated his form along with Mauro Icardi's eye for goal, Inter may have avoided being demoted to the Europa League.

FC Internazionale v PSV - UEFA Champions League Group B

Romelu Lukaku - (Manchester United)

Romelu... oh dear. Lukaku can just simply not avoid any criticism these days but he does not help himself.

The big Belgian had yet another compilation video created by a fan of his poor first touches after the Valencia game.

The 25-year-old is blaming is return of just one assist in five games on carrying too much muscle, let's hope that it can drop off soon, otherwise the Belgian will be permanently dropped from the team.


Steven Bergwijn - (PSV Eindhoven)

A previously mentioned promising youngster that unfortunately proved that at 21 he maybe wasn't ready for the Champions League 'group of death'.

Bergwijn was subbed off four times in the five games he featured, producing one assist and no goals.

Youth is on the Dutchman's side though and he could easily feature in a combined eleven featuring the best players of the tournament in years to come.

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