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Champions League MD-1 Rate My Team

The Champions League is finally back

Lionel Messi - PSG - Champions League Photo by JUAN IGNACIO RONCORONI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The Champions League is back. How much we’ve all missed its anthem, which brings goosebumps all over our bodies. Well it’s not just UCL that’s back — there’s also UCL Fantasy, which has managers deciding whom to buy and whom to leave out.

The is my second year of playing, but to be honest with you, I didn’t take my first year seriously as most of my friends weren’t so keen on it like FPL. As we all know, the success or failure of a fantasy team depends largely on the level of selection of the squad for MD-1, which brings me to today’s task.

I have selected a group of players I believe are best placed to navigate through the group stage, but my lack of experience might work against me. Therefore, I will depend on your input in the comments to help me pick the best possible team for MD-1.

Without further ado, here’s what my team looks like, displayed by price, fixture and date:

Premium forwards are the order of the day, with three slightly average midfielders selected to enable them. Two of the greatest to ever play the game, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both face somewhat easy fixtures in MD-1 as their teams come up against Young Boys and Club Brugge. My decision to select Messi ahead of Mbappe is because Messi is fully rested for this fixture. Ajax talisman Dusan Tadic completes my star-studded attack line.


In midfield I selected a more grounded squad: Paul Pogba, Dominik Szoboszlai, Ferran Torres and Erik Lamela. All the midfielders on my roster are capable of scoring a goal or two when provided with chances.


My defense is slightly attack-minded, Benjamin Pavard, Rapheal Guerreiro and Marcos Alonso tending to spend much of their time in the opponents’ half.


As I confessed earlier, I’m slightly new to Champions League Fantasy, so I will watch the comment section for your opinion and suggestions on how I can improve my team.

MD-1 Fantasy Player Picks

For even more ideas about players you should be thinking about for your fantasy UCL teams, please see Olakunle’s MD-1 Player Picks article.


MD-1 Fantasy Preview

For a comprehensive overview of MD-1, please see MiQ’s preview. He analyzes the fixtures to reveal where we should expect goals and clean sheets, runs through team news including injuries and suspensions, and posts his famous “difficulty index” tables to identify lopsided matchups.


Rules, Tricks, and Tips

For the inside scoop on how to beat your mini-league rivals, please read my article on the secrets to success in fantasy UCL.


Group-by-Group Analysis

NMA’s authors have put together an article stream covering each group in the tournament. Be sure to check it out for the lowdown on the players who should be on your fantasy watchlists.


NMA UCL Fantasy Mini-League

If you played our UCL mini-league last season, or if you played our Euros mini-league over the summer, you should automatically be entered into NMA’s 2021-22 mini-league as soon as you create a team. Head to and get to work!

If you are new to us, then once you create a team you can join our mini-league manually with the following info. Come join us, we’d love to have you!

  • League: Never Manage Alone
  • Code: 71MQALVG07

What do you think about my selections? What is your armband strategy? Whom do you think i should transfer in or out? Please share what you think in the comment section below.