After a round of a few unexpected results and a couple of weeks of the international break, the UEFA Champions League will be back to feature the 8 matches of the Quarter Finals. The Round-of-sixteen fixtures saw a few ‘out-of-the-blue outcomes as the European giants Barcelona and Juventus got eliminated by Paris Saint-Germain and Porto respectively. As you might already know that it’d be the first time since 2005 that neither Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo would feature in the UCL quarter-finals. The 3 English sides Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool are safely through to the quarterfinals, keeping clean sheets not only in the 2nd leg but also in the aggregate score. Bayern Munich dominated over Lazio and Real Madrid showed some real dominance over Atalanta in the second leg. Dortmund’s sensation Erling Haaland made sure his team edged past Spanish giants Sevilla. As the door knocks for the quarterfinals, it is time for the fantasy manager to adjust their squads, transfer out the players from the eliminated teams and it is a high time you use your Wildcard, in case it’s still available and try maintaining proper balance in the number of players from all the eight teams so that in the next stage you can transfer out the eliminated players according to the limited number of free transfers given to you. Here are some handpicked players, you should consider in your squad for the best results on UCL Fantasy Match Day 9 depending on their team fixture, group stage performance, and recent form. The UCL always promises us great footballing action. Managers should set their alarms for the Matchday 9 transfer deadline, which is on 6th April at 19:00 hours GMT.
Neymar Jr (Forward) – 11.6m
After the injury sustained by Robert Lewandowski, the options in the forwards’ department have pretty much narrowed up. The Brazilian talisman returned from an injury and featured in the league game against Lille in the past weekend. Though he couldn’t show much of his worth in that game, there’s always a chance he might shine against Bayern Munich. Neymar may not have had a better season than his partner Mbappe, but he has scored 6 goals in 5 appearances in the UCL so far, He missed both the Round-of-16 clashes against Barcelona and will try to regain his form in the biggest stage of club football, against the current champions.
Diogo Jota (Midfielder) – 7.9m
Name another player who is in a better form than Diogo Jota. After his return from injury, Liverpool’s goal-scoring problems have reduced very much. Also, he had a superb form in the International Break too. In the past weekend, he was brought in as a substitute and he scored 2 goals. Despite his decent form in the UCL this season ( 39 points, 1 assist, 4 goals) and considering his cheap price besides being a midfielder, his fabulous recent form makes him a must-have in your fantasy team.
Erling Haaland (Forward) – 11.1m
The best fantasy UCL player so far this season, Erling Haaland would now have the herculean task of penetrating the impenetrable Manchester City defence. Borussia Dortmund has the worst defence on paper among the quarterfinalist sides, so their strategy is always scoring ample goals with Haaland being the major contributor. Haaland almost single handedly granted Dortmund the quarterfinal spot. He has had 55 points so far, with 10 goals, 1 assist. 42% fantasy managers own him, and there’s a reason for it.
Kylian Mbappe (Forward) – 11m
With 3 assists and 6 goals so far in 7 UCL matches, the French forward gathered a total of 47 points so far and will now get Neymar alongside him to put up a good fight against Bayern Munich. In the previous round, he scored 4 goals against Barcelona over the two legs. Though Bayern Munich is favourites in this tie, how the PSG duo play against them over the 2 legs, will be a thing to watch, especially after the injury to the Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski.
Ilkay Gundogan (Forward) – 6.6m
A team very much in form, Pep Guardiola’s side are strong contenders to this season’s UCL just like the past few years. Their playing style always involves a midfielder either scoring or assisting ample goals. Gundogan has been such a player for Mancity in this season. He has so far bagged in 40 points for scoring 3 goals. His other important sources of points are from ball recoveries and minutes played and 1 point per clean sheet. He was also benched in City’s last league game against Leicester and it is highly likely he would start against Dortmund as a part of Pep’s plans.
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