A new Champions League round, new talents and big names shining again in our top XI for this Matchday 4. Here we go, the UCL XI player by player…

Dmytro Riznyk (Shakhtar)

Clean sheet and special win against Barça, wonderful night for Shakhtar’s goalkeeper who’s performing at top level this month after adapting in the last couple of weeks. Improving.

Davide Calabria (Milan)

What a special way to control Kylian Mbappé. Focused, aggressive, top mentality. Fantastic game at San Siro. Proper captain, with crucial three points for Milan.

Pepe (FC Porto)

History maker once again. Pepe becomes the oldest goalscorer in the UCL history, surpassing the great Francesco Totti.

Leadership, important goal and more UCL nights ahead for the Portuguese fighter.

William Saliba (Arsenal)

Total control, he’s a wall not just a centre back. Wonderful performance against Sevilla, one of the best centre backs in the world. He’s showing his quality every single week. No stop.

Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid)

Producing opportunities, scoring goals… and signing new contract. Last 15 days have been special for the Brazilian, back on track after difficult beginning of the season. Special player.

Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig)

A great showing to collect two goals and 12 goals/assists in the Champions League at this point of the point. Always improving. Pure talent but also hard-worker. His impact has been great.

Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad)

La Real Re into the next round of UCL also thanks to his performances. Not just playing football… but literally dancing. One more goal against Benfica, always on point.

Antoine Griezmann (Atlético)

We included Morata in almost every TOP XI this season as Alvaro is always scoring, but today we’ve gone with Antoine.

Two goals, a genius on the pitch enjoying the games as he’s in superb conditions. A wonderful, underrated player.

Rafael Leão (Milan)

What a performance! San Siro was exploding after seeing Rafa’s numbers and skills against PSG.

A bicycle kick goal, flying on the wing, showing once again that he’s one of the best wingers in the world. Just wow!

Harry Kane (Bayern)

Two guarantees in Champions League. Bayern win, Kane scores. Galatasaray have been able to resist for 45 minutes but then the hurricane arrived, again. Brace and MOTM Award. And counting…

Roony Bardghji (Copenhagen)

Imagine being 17 and scoring an historical goal against Man United.

This wonderkid deserves credit, we’d love to mention Morata again or Højlund as they’re joint top goal scorer in Champions League this season but Roony made something historical.

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