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Best Players To Be Knocked Out Of The UCL

Previously we made a 23-man squad of players from countries that didn’t qualify for the Euros. Now here’s our look at the best players who have been knocked out of the Champions League.


Mandatory 3 goalkeepers.

André Onana (Ajax)

Ajax conceded the least amount of goals of teams not progressing to the last 16 with Onana in net.

Samir Handanović (Inter)

In 6 games; 9 goals conceded, 2 clean sheets, the 2nd best record of keepers who won’t be in the last 16.

Andriy Pyatov (Shaktar Donetsk)

Shakhtar’s 3rd most capped player of all time.


A lot of experience.

Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow)

One of Croatia’s most capped players, the center-back retired from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Milan Škriniar (Inter)

A commanding presence who can step into midfield.

Daley Blind (Ajax)

Reliable at left-back or in the middle.

Miha Blažič (Ferencváros)

414 passes completed, the highest amount of a player for any team to not progress.

Achraf Hakimi (Inter)

Originally a winger, Hakimi can play as a right or left fullback. Buckets of pace and a great passer.

Stefan de Vrij (Inter)

Played all 6 games for Inter, useful defender.

Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)

A left back with stamina to spare. The Argentine has been linked with big moves in recent years.


(We had included Dominik Szoboszlai who played for RB Salzburg, but he has since signed for RB Leipzig and will be eligible to play in the knockout rounds.)

A play-maker heavy selection.

Eduardo Camavinga (Stade Rennais)

The most exciting teenage midfielder in world football. Only 18, already an all around midfielder.

Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge)

Highest distance covered of players from teams that didn’t progress. Also scored 3 goals.

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Similarly to De Gea in years gone, the red side of Manchester would be struggling greatly without Fernandes. Excellent playmaker who can start and finish a move.

Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)

The 18 year-old got his first UCL goal this season.

Nicolò Barella (Inter)

Box-to-Box midfielder who is already a leader at such a young age.

Zlatko Junuzović (RB Salzburg)

Free-kick specialist.

Marcelo Brozović (Inter)

Does the deep-lying play-maker role well.

Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Scored 3 goals for Lokomotiv, including the equalizer against Atleti and one against Bayern Munich.

İrfan Can Kahveci (İstanbul Başakşehir)

Scored 3 goals from outside the area, the most of anybody in the group stage.


Plenty of goals up front.

Dušan Tadić (Ajax)

3 Assists in the group stage, the experienced forward can play on the wing or in the middle.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Joint top-scorer of the tournament so far with 6.

Romelu Lukaku (Inter)

2nd top scorer of teams that haven’t progressed with 4 goals.

Franck Boli (Ferencváros)

2 goals in 77 minutes, both coming in the 90th minutes of the respective games.

Champions League State Of Play

With 5 rounds of Champions League group stage played qualification is still up for grabs for some teams. 10 teams have already booked their place in the last 16, with some of the big guns still in danger of failing to make the knockout rounds. If teams are level on points their final positioning will be determined based on their head to head record in the games between the sides, including away goals.

Table Key:

Q – Qualified as first

q – Qualified

E – Qualified for the Europa League

X – Eliminated

Group A

European champions Bayern Munich are through as group winners despite their winning run coming to an end. Atleti secured a draw against the German’s, but still need a result away to Salzburg to ensure qualification as runners-up. In the reverse fixture, Atleti beat Salzburg 3-2. If Salzburg fail to beat Atleti they will still qualify for the Europa League if Lokomotiv Moscow do not beat Bayern Munich.

Group B

Gladbach suffered their first defeat of the campaign losing to Inter. This means any team in Group B can still qualify. Gladbach have been the most exciting team in the Champions League this season, with each of their games boasting at least 4 goals. In the final round of games Real Madrid host Gladbach and Shakhtar go to Inter. A point for Gladbach would see them through, while Shakhtar need to match Real Madrid’s result. For Inter to get through they must win and hope Real and Gladbach do not draw.

Group C

Manchester City have guaranteed top spot in Group C, with Porto joining them as runners-up. The Europa League spot is still up for grabs. Marseille need to better Olympiacos’s result, as Olympiacos lead Marseille on head to head due to away goals.

Group D

Liverpool have secured top spot in Group D while Midtjylland are eliminated in their debut Champions League campaign. For second place, if Atalanta avoid defeat against Ajax they will qualify. Both sides are guaranteed at least a Europa League place.

Group E

Group E is completely sorted. Chelsea are through as first place and Sevilla are second. Krasnodar and Rennes both made their Champions League debuts this season, Krasnodar have guaranteed Europa League football for themselves with a superior head to head record over Rennes. The remaining games in the group will likely see squad players get a chance.

Group F

Lazio have a superior head to head record against Dortmund, who have already qualified. This means Dortmund need to at least match Lazio’s result to go through as group winners. Lazio host Club Brugge on the final day, with the Belgians needing a win to go through as group runners-up. If Lazio avoid defeat on the final day to Brugge they will progress. Zenit are eliminated after a disappointing campaign.

Group G

Barcelona and Juventus have both qualified for the knockout rounds. Juve need to beat Barca by at least 3 goals on the final day to go top. Any other result for Barca will see them top the group. For the Europa League spot, Dynamo Kyiv are ahead of the Hungarian champions on away goals. A win, or a draw without conceding more than 2 goals will see the Ukrainians through.

Group H

With the Turkish champions eliminated in their first ever Champions League campaign, it’s a 3 horse race for qualification. Manchester United go to RB Leipzig on the final day, with a win for either side giving them qualification. A win for PSG will see them through as group winners on head to head. If both games end in a draw PSG will top the group with Man United second. If RB Leipzig beat Man United and PSG fail to win, the German side will top the group.

Sides Through To The Last 16

Seeded: Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea

Unseeded: Porto, Sevilla,

Seeding TBD: Sevilla, Dortmund, Barcelona, Juventus,