The new soccer season in most European countries is just around the corner, and thus so is the fantasy league for Europe. Using a budget of 100 million on Euro Fantasy League, here is my fantasy Starting XI that I recommend you consider.
Goalkeeper: Salvatore Sirigu
Defenders: Flilipe Luiz or Cesar Azpilicueta, Rami, Barzagli, Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Cesc Fabregas, Raheem Sterling, Luka Modric
Forwards: Radamel Falcao, Jan-Klaas Huntelaar
Subs: John Stones, Bojan Krkic, Aaron Ramsey
I based my choice by selecting players who are more likely to be in a team that manages to achieve a clean sheet as well as players who I think can produce assists and/or goals.
One must keep in mind that the transfer window is still yet to be shut, so any of these players can end up changing clubs.
Salvatore Sirigu (PSG) – 5.5 million
I expect PSG to have quite a number of clean sheets with Sirigu continuing his impressive displays for the team from Paris. When called upon in the World Cup for Italy, he produced a number of stunning saves. More of the same please!
Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) – 8.0 million
Cesar Azpilicueta or Filipe Luis (Chelsea) – 7.5 million each
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus) – 8.0 million
Adil Rami (Milan) – 6.0 million
Juventus are currently the dominant team in Italy and clean sheets will be aplenty even after the change of coach. Thus, I put in Barzagli in my team. Mourinho and most of us will be expecting Chelsea to have a clean sheet more often than not. However, it still is unclear who is going to occupy the left back spot so it’s either Azpilicueta or Filipe Luis for my team. Either way, both cost 7.5 million! Zabaleta is a threat going forward so he may contribute to an assist or two. Rami is a bit of a gamble but he has impressed ever since joining Milan and he may well be the player around which Inzaghi will want to organize his defence.
Paul Pogba (Juventus) – 9.5 million
Luka Modric (Real Madrid) – 8.0 million
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 8.0 million
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) – 8.5 million
All four midfielders selected here possess a serious goal-scoring threat as well as having the creative nous to set up goals. Moreover, a few points should also be won from clean sheets…well maybe not in Liverpool’s case!
Radamel Falcao (Monaco) – 8.5 milliom
Jan-Klaas Huntelaar (Schalke) – 8.0 million
These strikers, who are both currently being linked with various clubs, have truly impressive goalscoring records with most of the clubs they’ve been with. Falcao is in my opinion surprisingly cheap at 8.5 million even though he’s recovering from a serious injury.
John Stones (Everton) – 4.0 million
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) – 4.5 million
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 6.0 million
Aaron Ramsey is at a bargain 6.0 million, especially if he re-produces some of the unbelievable performances from last year. I have a feeling that Krkic is finally going to reignite his career and hit the ground running in the Premier League as he is under the care of a coach, Mark Hughes, who managed to get the best out of the likes of Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz in the past. John Stones will definitely be getting more playing time this season in a well-organized defence marshalled and organized by the experienced Phil Jagielka and Tim Howard from goal.