2016 has been a year in which many young players have taken a step forward and have done so in a competition as important as the Champions League. UEFA wanted to give prominence these young and future stars of the sport, developing an eleven ideal of the revelation of 2016 players in the Champions League.
Led by Zinedine Zidane, considered by UEFA as the technical disclosure of the year, this hypothetical eleven would consist of the following players:
The fans of Villarreal enjoyed the right time for the PSG to discover that he was ready to defend his goal. Alphonse Areola, of 23 years, known for its physical conditions high (over 1.90 meters) but also agile and feline, and Parisian of Filipino origin points and also the French national team goalkeeper.
Sergi Roberto represents the gift of opportunity, going to be more outside than inside the Barcelona fixture. 24-year-old footballer they did manage on the right side and there it ended up discovering how the player pointing, but he had not been able to earn a place in midfield. Returning to your natural position is your future mission.
Barcelona has spent years hunting for a central accompany Gerard Pique and it seems that with his latest venture, Umtiti, will finally hit. Of lefty profile and 23 years, the former Lyon player has not stolen the place definitely Mascherano, but in the games he has performed has shown that is able to convince Luis Enrique.
Swedish generation that won the last UEFA European Under-21 Championship, Victor Lindel of is one of their best products. Born ago 22 years, and international and with the national team, Benfica signed him when he was 18 years and has been throughout 2016 when this has been done with the starting job in the rear of the Lisbon club.
In a team full of talent as the Borussia Dortmund, Tuchel not hesitate to say that Raphael Guerreiro is one of his favorite players. Newcomer this season to borusser discipline, the Portuguese came to the left side but his coach is using all his offensive qualities and has converted an attacker more.
We saw him as Germany’s side in the last Euro Cup, although his natural position is the center of the field and the pivot position. With only 21 years Kimmich convinces all technicians who have handled Bayern Munich and thus christened Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti is growing, also acting in the position be required and always met.
In the last Champions League, Monaco has been one of the most followed teams, not only for its performance but also for the number of young players who have worn red and white colors. Lemar would say that is the jewel of the Principality, a 21-year-old midfielder who likes to play in band and has a nose for goal, longing for Cholo Simeone Atletico Madrid.
More than a revelation, Renato Sanches already is a reality. Winner of the Golden Boy 2016, the former Benfica and now Bayern Munich was one of the leading players in the European champions Portugal. Lesions in the early going have prevented him from having continuity in a very competitive midfield, but that does not diminish its potential.
Has 18 years, it is the United States and plays for Borussia Dortmund, who signed him when he was 16 years old. This is the calling card of Pulisic, a player named to lead the selection of soccer too little to go gaining experience in the coming years and we are seeing play for band, where their main prey qualities: speed and overflow.
French Dembele is one of those players who love the naked eye. With 19 years, the Frenchman showed in Rennes that he does not stop at anything and that is why Borussia Dortmund signed him. In Germany it is not having much a goal as in France, but soon it sit and understand how to take advantage of his talent, will break. And be aware that Zidane is following closely.
If Portugal misses a pure center forward of guarantees, now they already have it, and maybe for many years. It’s called Andre Silva and the ‘9’ holder of Oporto, equipment which is already the top scorer. Leader of the litter talented Portuguese team, Silva has goal and those who do not need many shots to prove it.