Best Champions League XI from the 2015/16 Group Stage
- Featuring the best players and manager from the group stages this season
Following six matchdays of great goals and sensational shocks, the UEFA Champions League group stages reached its climax on Wednesday. While eight sides bid farewell to European competition altogether, for this season at least, a further octuple slipped down into the Europa League. But most importantly, we discovered which 16 clubs would be continuing their journey in the elite continental competition.Usual suspects Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona all advanced, while there were also some surprises on the cards, as the likes of PSV, Gent and Dynamo Kiev also paved their paths to the knockout phase.It has been a fantastic footballing display from the 32 club sides involved and it is now time to reflect on some of the sharpest individual performances so far this season. We pick the best Champions League XI from the 2015/16 group stage.
#1 Goalkeeper: Kevin Trapp - PSG
Arguably the most vital component of the competition’s meanest defence this season, German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp played every minute of PSG’s Champions League group stage campaign this season. He conceded a goal on just one occasion, racking up 5 clean sheets in the process.
Granted the one and only goal he let in was a blunder against group toppers Real Madrid but, that aside, Trapp has barely put a foot wrong and was especially convincing in his side’s stalemate with the same opposition at home.
Having made an average of 3 saves per game, as well as having secured a 100% claim success rate, the 25-year-old lead from the very back and could be key in navigating his side through a potentially tricky Round of 16 encounter.