The best of the best

The UEFA Champions League is back for the knockout stage, but who makes our team of the tournament so far?

With the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League about to explode into life, here are the 11 players who have wowed us the most this season

UEFA Champions League Round of 16, from Tuesday 13 February, BT Sport

If there’s one thing you can guarantee in the UEFA Champions League, it’s superstars. And action. And drama. And a cracking theme tune. Okay, that’s four things. The point is, European club football’s greatest competition is the place to be when it comes to pure sporting entertainment – and it’s back this week with the start of the knockout phase!

And would you just take a look at the opening set of last-16 fixtures? Manchester City play Swiss maestros Basel, Liverpool face a tricky trip to Porto, Spurs go head-to-head with Italian giants Juventus, and Real Madrid square off against Paris Saint-Germain in a showdown positively heaving with talent.

 

It’s been a truly sensational tournament so far, and it’s sure to get even better when it all kicks off again on Tuesday night. Ahead of the excitement being cranked up to 11, we’re picking out the 11 players that have really caught our eye in the UEFA Champions League this season.

 

Click/hover on the icons below to reveal who’s made the grade…

 

The UEFA Champions League ties on Virgin TV

Basel v Manchester City
Tuesday 13 February, 7pm, BT Sport 3/HD (CH 533/529)

Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur
Tuesday 13 February, 7pm, BT Sport 2/HD (CH 532/528)

FC Porto v Liverpool, Wednesday 14 February, 7pm, BT Sport 2/HD (CH 532/528)

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain, Wednesday 14 February, 7pm, BT Sport 3/HD (CH 533/529)

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