Champions League Fantasy Football: Defenders | UEFA Champions League

With eight teams still in the competition, UEFA.com highlights a number of defenders who have significant appeal in #UCLfantasy ahead of the quarter-final first legs that make up Matchday 9.

Which defenders are part of your Matchday 9 Fantasy Football squad?



Man. City 0-0 Sporting CP

Despite not having participated in two of the last three days, the Manchester City winger, João Cancelo (6.6 million euros)he remains the defender with the most points in the #UCLfantasy heading into matchday nine. The versatile Portuguese defender has collected 49 points in his six appearances in the competition this season, including two goals and three assists. Trailing last season’s UEFA Champions League runners-up 5-0 on aggregate in their tie against Sporting CP after the first leg in Portugal, Cancelo was rested on matchday eight but is expected to return to be a starter ahead of the first leg of the quarter-final at home against Atlético.

Cancelo is not the only Manchester City defender to watch out for, as Aymeric Laporte (5.3 million euros) It is another option more than attractive. Laporte has collected 25 fantasy points over the course of his last three UEFA Champions League appearances, recording two clean sheets and a total of 22 ball recoveries.

LOSC Lille 1-2 Chelsea


LOSC Lille 1-2 Chelsea

With five clean sheets in the competition this season, Chelsea’s defenders should be attractive to #UCLfantasy managers, highlighting Thiago Silva (5.8 million euros) above the others. The experienced Brazilian centre-back had 14 points in the round of 16, six of which came through valuable ball recoveries. Only four players remaining in the competition have won more balls than the 37-year-old, and he is likely to play a key role again for the reigning European champions in their quarter-final tie against Real Madrid.

You should also highlight your partner Antonio Rüdiger (6.0 million euros)who has started all but one of Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League games this season. Like Thiago Silva, Rüdiger has a total of 44 #UCLfantasy points before matchday nine.

Man.  United-Atletico 0-1


Man. United-Atletico 0-1

Atletico defender Reinildo Mandava (5.7 million euros)He currently tops the list of ball recoveries after eight matchdays so far and has racked up an incredible 59 ball recoveries, adding 18 points to his overall #UCLfantasy score out of his 47 total points. Reinildo has been a perfect fit in Diego Simeone’s side since he joined from LOSC Lille in January and was part of the Atlético defense that shut out Manchester United in the round of 16. Simeone’s men will return to the North West of England to take on Manchester City and while keeping a clean sheet will be a difficult task, Reinildo’s ability to win back the ball offers his owners an alternative route to valuable Fantasy Points.

Ajax 0-1 Benfica


Ajax 0-1 Benfica

Benfica’s defense has been magnificent throughout this UEFA Champions League campaign and they achieved what was probably their most impressive feat on Matchday 8, eliminating and knocking out Ajax, securing their spot in the quarter-finals through its defensive solidity. From a Fantasy Football point of view, Nicolas Otamendi (5.6 million euros) He is the most outstanding player, since only Cancelo has scored more points than Otamendi in the eight rounds played so far. Five clean sheets, 48 ​​turnovers and two Man of the Match bonuses underscore the Argentine’s Fantasy Football credentials heading into the quarter-final first leg at home against Liverpool.