With the final almost upon us, what better time to look back at the very best players in the Europa League class of 2018/19…
The UEFA Europa League final 2019, Wednesday 29 May, 7pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
Though the Europa League will forever be known as the Champions League’s sort of smaller (yet logistically and, quite literally, larger) sibling, this Wednesday’s final looks set be a doozy. London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea clash in what promises to be a fitting conclusion to what we think is the most underrated tournament in world football.
The Europa League is a great chance for some of European club football’s lesser-known stars and teams to shine, with the scrappers who qualified via their domestic league positions rubbing shoulders with the bigger boys who found the Champions League groups too tough and fell into the Europa League knockout stage.
So we’ve assembled a starting XI of the players (plus the manager) who have stolen the show throughout this season’s tournament. Sit back, cast your eyes over this cracking line-up, and keep your eyes peeled when some of them take to the turf in Baku on 29 May.
Click/hover over the kits below to find out who’s made the grade…
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