A total of two matches will be played today in the Champions League. The first match will take place between Besiktas and Bayern Munich while the other one will be played at Camp Nou between Barcelona and Chelsea.
So on paper, a total of 72 players will be vying for the 44 starting places in those two matches and that's the number for your Dream XI too. So it can be an arduous job to figure out who to include in your fantasy XI.
Having said that, there are some players who are destined to make an impact, and we give you the stats why they should be included in your teams as well.
Anderson Talisca – Arguably the biggest superstar in Besiktas' team. He has been performing quite exceptionally this season, and his call-up to Brazil squad is a timely reward for all the hard work he has done this season. The 24-year-old has scored 16 goals and provided 3 assists for this teammates this season. The attacking-midfielder has racked up 2406 minutes of game time for his team this season, and quite unbelievably, he has won 6 man-of-the-match for his team. Based on these stats, you just can't exclude him from your team.
Robert Lewandowski – The Polish International has been one of the most prolific strikers in the world of football, and this season has been no different. with 32 goals in all competitions, and eight in his last six, Besiktas may have to be on their toes all the time if they want to nullify the former Borusssia Dortmund hitman.
The 29-year-old has spent 2391 minutes on the pitch. He has an average rating of 7.80 this season.
Arturo Vidal – The Chilean may not be having the best of the season, but he remains n integral part of Jupp Heynckes' plans. The 29-year-old has played 1720 minutes for Bayern Munich this season, and has scored 7 goals in 37 appearances. With two assists and four man-of-the-match awards to his name, he has 7.36 match ratings this season.
Lionel Messi – Arguably the most talented footballer of this generation, the little magician remains a cut-above all the other players, not only in his team, but in the world.
In 41 matches for both Argentina and Barcelona, the wizard has played 41 matches, and has scored 34 goals this season. In those matches, the 30-year-old has provided 13 goals and won 22 man-of-the-matches. On any given day, he would walk into any team in the world, so he should be in your team as well-
He has an average rating of 8.77
Luis Suarez – The Uruguayan has played 38 matches and has spent 2857 on the pitch for Barcelona this season. The 31-year-old has scored 25 goals and won 4 man-of-the-matches for his performances. He has also contributed with 7 goals for his teammates.
he has an average rating of 7.77 this season.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea's best player for the last few years, and a consistent contributor both with the ball and without it as well. His runs through the defensive lines not only put himself in great positions but create space for his teammates as well.
The 27-year-old has scored 15 goals in 39 appearances for Chelsea this season. With six more assists and 10 man-of-the-match performances, he has an average rating of 7.90 this season.