Having explored performance measurement in the latest issue of Champions Matchday, I have been searching for the Moneyball-style algorithm for UEFA Champions League fantasy football. My watertight method is to pick my forwards and midfielders based on the teams who score the most, and my defence on the teams who concede the least.
So from competition top scorers Real Madrid CF (23 goals so far), I have chosen two of their chief creators, Ángel Di María and Mesut Özil, and this season's leading goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo. In-form Argentinian Gonzalo Higaín is ready to pounce from the bench. The second highest scorers are FC Bayern München (22), so I have kept Bastian Schweinsteiger, and added Thomas Müller to my attack with David Alaba (registered as a midfielder on the game) sitting alongside Higuaín on the bench.
The semi-finalists with the meanest defence are Borussia Dortmund, so Roman Weidenfeller takes his place in goal, with team-mates Neven Subotić and quarter-final hero Felipe Santana ahead of him. From FC Barcelona (they and Bayern have each conceded ten), Jordi Alba earns a call-up after his commanding performance against Paris Saint-Germain FC and I am also putting my faith in rising star Marc Bartra. Víctor Valdés and Marcel Schmelzer represent their teams on the bench, ready if called upon for the second leg.
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