UEFA Europa League Squad of the 2017/18 Season

UEFA's Technical Observers select their 18-man squad from this season's UEFA Europa League.

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Goalkeepers

Jan Oblak (Atlético)
Technical Observers say: The competition's outstanding keeper, he performed when his team needed him most.

Rui Patrício (Sporting CP)
Technical Observers say: An important player for his team.

Defenders

Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan)
Technical Observers say: Milan's skipper and talisman is happy defending and comfortable in possession of the ball.

Diego Godín (Atlético)
Technical Observers say: The winners' defensive leader was impressive in his reading of the game, tackling and aerial ability.

Stefan Lainer (Salzburg)
Technical Observers say: The right-back provided five assists and was a key player in his team's run to the semi-finals.

Luiz Gustavo (Marseille)
Technical Observers say: The converted defensive midfielder's performances at the heart of Marseille's defence were important on their road to Lyon.

Bouna Sarr (Marseille)
Technical Observers say: Displayed great energy and positivity. Looked dangerous in the final in particular. An impressive Europa League season for the former winger.

Midfielders

Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP)
Technical Observers say: Exciting midfielder whose goal against Astana was one of the best of the season. Scored three and contributed four assists in all.

Naby Keïta (Leipzig)
Technical Observers say: Box-to-box midfielder who impressed in five appearances in the competition and is important to his team.

Koke (Atlético)
Technical Observers say: Sets Atlético's tempo with the ball and is one of the team's chief organisers without it. Goal and assist in the final.

Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético)
Technical Observers say: Provides technical quality, a goal threat and additional physicality as part of Atlético's midfield trio with Koke and Gabi.

Gabi (Atlético)
Technical Observers say: The third of Atlético's key midfielders. Often deployed to the left of Koke and Saúl in a midfield four but provides additional workrate and quality wherever he plays.

Diadie Samassékou (Salzburg)
Technical Observers say: Outstanding young midfielder in a team of promising players.

Forwards

Gelson Martins (Sporting CP)
Technical Observers say: Bright young player with a promising future. Impressed the observers.

Antoine Griezmann (Atlético)
Technical Observers say: Made the difference in the final and brings incredible intensity and composed finishing whenever he plays.

Ciro Immobile (Lazio)
Technical Observers say: The competition's top scorer and a key player in Lazio's run to the quarter-finals.

Dimitri Payet (Marseille)
Technical Observers say: No10 whose quality was evident throughout, creating chances, scoring brilliant goals against Leipzig and Athletic and providing top-class set-piece delivery.

Timo Werner (Leipzig)
Technical Observers say: Four goals in five games for the German international who is always a danger.

UEFA Technical Observers in Lyon
Jerzy Engel (Poland), Stefan Majewski (Poland), Ghenadie Scurtul (Romania), Milenko Ačimovič (Slovenia), Mixu Paatelainen (Finland), Thomas Schaaf (Germany)

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