Champions League Fantasy: Inside info

Who takes the penalties? Who can't you afford to ignore? And who are the bargain signings that could make all the difference?

Will Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati make your team?
Will Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati make your team? ©Getty Images

UEFA Champions League Fantasy is back and, with unlimited transfers ahead of the round of 16 first legs, it helps to know which players are worthy of particular consideration for your squads. UEFA.com's team of reporters have all the information to help you make your selections.

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Atalanta

Big-name banker: Alejandro Gómez (MF, €6.5m)
Bargain signing: Berat Djimsiti (DF, €3.7m)
Secret weapon: Ruslan Malinovskiy (MF, €6.5m)
Penalty taker: Duván Zapata (FW, €8.4m)
Set-piece duty: Josip Iličić (MF, €6.2m)
Goalscoring defender: Robin Gosens (DF, €4.3m)

Atalanta defender Robin Gosens (left) after scoring on Matchday 6
Atalanta defender Robin Gosens (left) after scoring on Matchday 6AFP via Getty Images

Atlético Madrid

Big-name banker: Álvaro Morata (FW, €9.4m)
Bargain signing: Renan Lodi (DF, €4.2m)
Secret weapon: Thomas (MF, €5.5m)
Penalty taker: João Félix (MF, €7.9m)
Set-piece duty: Kieran Trippier (DF, €6.5m)
Goalscoring defender: Felipe (DF, €5m)

Atlético's Álvaro Morata celebrates a goal
Atlético's Álvaro Morata celebrates a goal Getty Images

Barcelona

Big-name banker: Marc-André ter Stegen (GK, €6.0m)
Bargain signing: Frenkie De Jong (MF, €6.0m)
Secret weapon: Ansu Fati (FW, €6.2m)
Penalty taker: Lionel Messi (FW, €11.5m)
Set-piece duty: Lionel Messi (FW, €11.5m)
Goalscoring defender: Clément Lenglet (DF, €5.5m)

Robert Lewandowski has led the way for Bayern
Robert Lewandowski has led the way for Bayern©AFP/Getty Images

Bayern

Big-name banker: Big-name banker: Robert Lewandowski (FW, €10.8m)
Bargain signing: Alphonso Davies (MF, €4.9m)
Secret weapon: Thomas Müller (FW, €9.0m)
Penalty taker: Robert Lewandowski (FW, €10.8m)
Set-piece duty: Robert Lewandowski (FW, €10.8m), David Alaba (DF, €5.9m)
Goalscoring defender: Joshua Kimmich (DF, €6.5m)

Chelsea

Big-name banker: Willian (MF, €7.0m)
Bargain signing: Fikayo Tomori (DF, €4.5m)
Secret weapon: Mateo Kovačić (MF, €6.0m)
Penalty taker: Jorginho (MF, €5.7m)
Set-piece duty: Willian (MF, €7.0m)
Goalscoring defender: César Azpilicueta (DF, €5.5m)

Jorginho is on the spot for Chelsea
Jorginho is on the spot for ChelseaGetty Images

Dortmund

Big-name banker: Jadon Sancho (MF, €9.0m)
Bargain signing: Erling Braut Haaland (FW, €4.7m)
Secret weapon: Emre Can (MF, €5.5m)
Penalty taker: Marco Reus (MF, €9.2m)
Set-piece duty: Julian Brandt (MF, €7.5m), Marco Reus (MF, €9.2m)
Goalscoring defender: Achraf Hakimi (DF, € 5.8m)

Juventus

Big-name banker: Cristiano Ronaldo (FW, €11.5m)
Bargain signing: Rodrigo Bentancur (MF, €5.2m)
Secret weapon: Paulo Dybala (FW, €9.0m)
Penalty taker: Cristiano Ronaldo (FW, €11.5m)
Set-piece duty: Cristiano Ronaldo (FW, €11.5m), Paulo Dybala (FW, €9.0m), Miralem Pjanić (MF, €6.5m)
Goalscoring defender: Leonardo Bonucci (DF, €5.5m)

Cristiano Ronaldo (right)with Juventus team-mate Leonardo Bonucci
Cristiano Ronaldo (right)with Juventus team-mate Leonardo Bonucci©Getty Images

Leipzig

Big-name banker: Timo Werner (FW, €8.4m)
Bargain signing: Konrad Laimer (DF, €4.2m)
Secret weapon: Marcel Sabitzer (MF, €6.7m)
Penalty taker: Emil Forsberg (MF, €6.5m)
Set-piece duty: Marcel Halstenberg (DF, €4.3m)
Goalscoring defender: Konrad Laimer (DF, €4.2m)

Liverpool

Big-name banker: Sadio Mané (MF, €10.5m)
Bargain signing: Georginio Wijnaldum (MF, €6.4m)
Secret weapon: Takumi Minamino (FW, €7.1m)
Penalty taker: Mohamed Salah (MF, €11.1m)
Set-piece duty: Trent Alexander-Arnold (DF, €6.8m)
Goalscoring defender: Virgil van Dijk (DF, €6.5m)

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a valuable attacking outlet for Liverpool
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a valuable attacking outlet for LiverpoolLiverpool FC via Getty Images

Lyon

Big-name banker: Moussa Dembélé (FW, €8.0m)
Bargain signing: Rafael (DF, €4.5m)
Secret weapon: Karl Toko Ekambi (FW, €7.5m)
Penalty taker: Moussa Dembélé (FW, €8.0m)
Set-piece duty: Houssem Aouar (MF, €7.0m)
Goalscoring defender: Marcelo (DF, €4.9m)

Manchester City

Big-name banker: Sergio Agüero (FW, €10.5m)
Bargain signing: İlkay Gündoğan (MF, €6.1m)
Secret weapon: Riyad Mahrez (MF, €8.5m)
Penalty taker: Sergio Agüero (FW, €10.5m)
Set-piece duty: Kevin De Bruyne (MF, €10.4m)
Goalscoring defender: Aymeric Laporte (DF, €6.0m)

Sergio Agüero celebrates with Aymeric Laporte
Sergio Agüero celebrates with Aymeric LaporteManchester City FC via Getty Ima

Napoli

Big-name banker: Dries Mertens (FW, €8.5m)
Bargain signing: Fabián Ruiz (MF, €5.5m)
Secret weapon: Hirving Lozano (MF, €7.5m)
Penalty taker: Lorenzo Insigne (FW, €7.9m)
Set-piece duty: Arkadiusz Milik (MF, €8.2m)
Goalscoring defender: Giovanni Di Lorenzo (DF, €5.0m)

Paris

Big-name banker: Kylian Mbappé (FW, €10.5m)
Bargain signing: Idrissa Gueye (MF, €4.8m)
Secret weapon: Marquinhos (DF, €6.0m)
Penalty taker: Neymar (FW, €11.4m)
Set-piece duty: Neymar (FW, €11.4m), Ángel Di María (MF, €8.6m)
Goalscoring defender: Juan Bernat (DF, €5.7m)

Real Madrid

Big-name banker: Karim Benzema (FW, €9.6m)
Bargain signing: Fede Valverde (MF, €5.4m)
Secret weapon: Dani Carvajal (DF, €6.0m)
Penalty taker: Sergio Ramos (DF, €6.6m)
Set-piece duty: Toni Kroos (MF, €6.6m)
Goalscoring defender: Sergio Ramos (DF, €6.6m)

Will Sergio Ramos deliver again for Real Madrid?
Will Sergio Ramos deliver again for Real Madrid?©AFP/Getty Images

Tottenham

Big-name banker: Heung-Min Son (MF, €9.7m)
Bargain signing: Japhet Tanganga (DF, €4.5m)
Secret weapon: Steven Bergwijn (MF, €6.5m)
Penalty taker: Heung-Min Son (MF, €9.7m)
Set-piece duty: Giovani Lo Celso (MF, €6.9m)
Goalscoring defender: Serge Aurier (DF, €5.1m)

Valencia

Big-name banker: Rodrigo (FW, €7.5m)
Bargain signing: Ferran Torres (MF, €5.9m)
Secret weapon: José Gayá (DF, €4.3m)
Penalty taker: Dani Parejo (MF, €5.0m)
Set-piece duty: Dani Parejo (MF, €5.0m)
Goalscoring defender: Gabriel (DF, €4.5m)

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