End of the year requires, UEFA takes stock and reveals the eleven-type of the best young people of 2020. More precisely those who have broken through in the Champions League. To establish its selection, the European confederation based itself on two criteria: that the players are aged 24 years or less and that they have started in C1 or that they have “only limited previous experience and made a leap forward this year “. The choices were made by UEFA journalists and therefore remain subjective. They still give a great team.
Two French are there. Jules Koundé, Sevilla FC player, thus appears in central hinge. The former Bordelais, who is knocking on the door of the France team, greatly participated in the qualification of his team for the knockout stages, by shining in particular during the two matches against Rennes.
Marcus Thuram is the other Frenchman of this eleven. He also largely deserves his place with remarkable performances with Borussia Mönchengladbach, also qualified for the next round thanks in particular to his double against Real Madrid.
Dortmund reigns in the middle
The promising Ukrainian Anatoliy Trubin (19 years old, Chakhtior) was chosen for the goal of this eleven after his three clean-sheets. On loan from Juventus to Atalanta, Cristian Romero (22) won in the defense of the Dea, which sank against Liverpool (0-5) in the only game he missed in the League champions. Arrived last summer from Santa Clara, Nigerian defender Zaidu Sanusi (23) has become indisputable on the left flank of FC Porto’s rearguard. He missed only 13 minutes during the group stage of the Champions League.
He is certainly THE revelation of the year. Alphonso Davies (20) arrived in January 2019 at Bayern Munich, exploded last season by becoming one of the most spectacular players on his left flank. An ankle injury slowed him down early in the season.
No player from French teams
The young nuggets of Borussia Dortmund, Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham, arrived last summer from Birmingham against 23 million euros, reign in the midfield of this team. Recruited in 2019 by Barça, who loaned him to his club in Las Palmas, Pedri (18) has made a place with courage and talent in Barça’s attack.
The Hungarian Dominik Szoboszlai, him, shone with Salzburg and will continue the adventure in C1 with the German cousin of RB Leipzig, where he was transferred. Finally, Diogo Jota offered himself the luxury of successfully dethroning Roberto Firmino from the tip of the Liverpool attack. He accompanies Thuram on the front of the attack of this eleven. No player from French teams appears there like Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), little to his advantage in the four games he has played this season.
The eleven-type UEFA revelation of the year:
Trubin – Romero, Sanusi, Koundé, Davies – Pedri, Bellingham, Reyna, Szoboszlai – Jota, Thuram.