CAF Champions League Team of the Group Stage by Rating

With the group stages concluded in the CAF Champions League, we made a best XI for the best players in the first round by rating.

Click through the slide show to see who makes the team.

Goalkeeper:

I stipulated that the player must have played in at least four of the six matches. This condition eliminated Rami Jeridi (one appearance – 7.50) and Mohamed Abougabal (three appearances – 7.22).

The highest rated goalkeeper who made at least 4 appearances was the legendary Mamelodi Sundowns and Ugandan shotstopper Denis Onyango, who averaged a 7.22 rating over five matches.

In five matches, Onyango kept three clean sheets, tied for the third most by goalkeepers in the competition so far. He averaged 2.4 saves per game, with an 86% save success rate.

Defenders

Algerian Battle: Baghdad Bounedjah of Al-Sadd Sports Club and Abdelkader Bedrane of Esperance Sportive de Tunis during the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 5th place match between Al-Saad Sports Club and Esperance Sportive de Tunis at Khalifa International Stadium on December 17, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The four highest rated defenders who made at least four appearances were all centre-backs. The highest rated players were: Luzolo Sita – 7.38, Abdelkader Bedrane – 7.34, Mahmoud Alaa – 7.24, and Motjeka Madisha – 7.40.

Madisha was a rock at the back for Sundowns in the group stage, keeping four clean sheets. Madisha even scored two goals.

Alaa had the second most blocked shots among defenders, with seven blocks in five matches.

AS Vita Club defender Luzolo Sita had the most tackles (21), which is six more than the next highest tally (Nabil Saâdou).

I opted to play a 4-3-3, giving us three central midfielders.

The highest rated midfielder was Al Ahly and Egypt creator Mohamed Magdy ‘Afsha’. Even though it is just his first season with the Red Devils, Magdy has impressed on all fronts, especially in the CAF Champions League: where he is one of the best creators.

Iheb Msakni (7.45) and Abdelraouf Benguit (7.52) round out the midfield.

Herenilson of Petro Luanda had an average rating of 7.70, but did not qualify as he did not make enough appearances.

Attack:

The team’s attack is spearheaded by TP Mazembe striker Jackson Muleka. He leads the competition with 7 goals, and has an average rating of a 7.70.

Sundowns creator Gaston Sirino (7.77) fits in on the wing. The diminutive Uruguayan leads the competition in assists (3) and key passes (17).

The last spot was given to Zamalek winger Achraf Bencharki, whose average rating was a 7.53. He had three goals in the group stage.

 

 

Ratings adapted from sofascore.com