UCL Fantasy Football: Team-by-team analysis

Who takes the penalties? Who's an undiscovered bargain? And who can't you afford to leave out? Our reporters have the answers.

With space for only 15 players in your #UCLfantasy squad, managers can't afford to let a single opportunity go to waste, but picking your team can be a fraught business. UEFA.com's team of reporters are here to give you a helping hand ahead of Matchday 1.

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Ajax

Penalty taker: Dušan Tadić (MF, €9.0m)
Set-piece takers: Dušan Tadić (MF, €9.0m)
Secret weapon: Nicolás Tagliafico (DF, €5.0m)
Banker: André Onana (GK, €5.0m)
Bargain signing: Antony (FW, €6.0m)

Atalanta

Penalty taker: Luis Muriel (FW, €8.5m)
Set-piece takers: Ruslan Malinovskiy (MF, €7.0m)
Secret weapon: Robin Gosens (DF, €5.5m)
Banker: Alejandro Gómez (FW, €8.5m)
Bargain signing: Sam Lammers (FW, €5.0m)

Atlético

João Félix is on penalties for Atlético
João Félix is on penalties for AtléticoGetty Images

Penalty taker: João Félix (MF, €9.0m)
Set-piece takers: Kieran Trippier (DF, €5.0m)
Secret weapon: Renan Lodi (DF, €5.0m)
Banker: Jan Oblak (GK, €6.0m)
Bargain signing: Stefan Savić (DF, €4.5m)

Barcelona

Penalty taker: Lionel Messi (FW, €12.0m)
Set-piece takers: Lionel Messi (FW, €12.0m) Philippe Coutinho (€9.0m)
Secret weapon: Sergiño Dest (DF, €5.0m)
Banker: Lionel Messi (FW, €12.0m)
Bargain signing: Ronald Araújo (DF, €4.0m)

Bayern

David Alaba could be a Bayern bargain
David Alaba could be a Bayern bargainGetty Images

Penalty taker: Robert Lewandowski (FW, €12.0m)
Set-piece takers: Joshua Kimmich (DF, €6.5m), Robert Lewandowski (FW, €12.0m), David Alaba (DF, €5.5m)
Secret weapon: Leon Goretzka (MF, €7.5m)
Banker: Robert Lewandowski (FW, €12.0m)
Bargain: David Alaba (DF, €5.5m)

Chelsea

Penalty taker: Jorginho (MF, €6.0m)
Set-piece takers: Hakim Ziyech (MF, €9.0m), Mason Mount (MF, €7.0m)
Secret weapon: Ben Chilwell (DF, €5.5m)
Banker: Christian Pulišić (MF, €9.0m)
Bargain signing: Reece James (DF, €5.0m)

Club Brugge

Hans Vanaken in action for Club Brugge
Hans Vanaken in action for Club BruggeGetty Images

Penalty taker: Hans Vanaken (MF, €7.0m)
Set-piece takers: Ruud Vormer (MF, €5.5m), Mats Rits (MF, €6.0m)
Secret weapon: Michael Krmencik (MF, €5.5m)
Banker: Hans Vanaken (FW, €7.0m)
Bargain signing: Clinton Mata (DF, €4.5m)

Dortmund

Penalty taker: Erling Braut Haaland (FW, €11.0m), Jadon Sancho (MF, €10.0m)
Set-piece takers: Raphaël Guerreiro (DF, €6.0m), Marco Reus (MF, €8.0m)
Secret weapon: Giovanni Reyna (MF, €6.5m)
Banker: Erling Haaland (FW, €11.0m)
Bargain signing: Thomas Meunier (DF, €5m)

Dynamo Kyiv

Dynamo's Viktor Tsygankov on the ball
Dynamo's Viktor Tsygankov on the ballGetty Images

Penalty taker: Viktor Tsygankov (MF, €7.5m)
Set-piece takers: Viktor Tsygankov (MF, €7.5m), Carlos De Pena (MF, €6.5m), Mykola Shaparenko (MF, €6.0m)
Secret weapon: Vitaliy Buyalskiy (MF, €6.0m)
Banker: Vladyslav Supryaha (FW, €6.5m)
Bargain signing: Gerson Rodrigues (FW, €4.5m)

Ferencváros

Penalty taker: Ihor Kharatin (MF, €5.5m)
Set-piece takers: Oleksandr Zubkov (FW, €6.0m)
Secret weapon: Miha Blažič (MF, €4.5m)
Banker: Tokmac Nguen (MF, €6.5m)
Bargain signing: Dávid Sigér (MF, €6.0m)

Internazionale

Will Achraf Hakimi make an impact at Inter?
Will Achraf Hakimi make an impact at Inter?Getty Images

Penalty taker: Romelu Lukaku (FW, €11.0m)
Set-piece takers: Aleksandar Kolarov (DF, €5.0m), Christian Eriksen (MF, €8.0m)
Secret weapon: Achraf Hakimi (DF, €6.0m)
Banker: Romelu Lukaku (FW, €11.0m)
Bargain signing: Alessandro Bastoni (DF, €4.5m)

İstanbul Başakşehir

Penalty taker: Demba Ba (FW, €7.5m)
Set Piece Taker: Danijel Aleksić (MF, €6.5m)
Secret Weapon: Alexandru Epureanu (DF, €4.5m)
Banker: Edin Višća (MF, €7.0m)
Bargain Signing: Rafael (DF, €4.0m)

Juventus

Dejan Kulusevski of Juventus could be a secret weapon
Dejan Kulusevski of Juventus could be a secret weaponGetty Images

Penalty taker: Cristiano Ronaldo (FW, €12.0m)
Set-piece takers: Cristiano Ronaldo (FW, €12.0m), Paulo Dybala (FW, €9.0m)
Secret weapon: Dejan Kulusevski (MF, €8.0m)
Banker: Cristiano Ronaldo (FW, €12.0m)
Bargain signing: Federico Chiesa (MF, €7.0m)

Krasnodar

Penalty taker: Viktor Claesson (MF, €6.5m)
Set-piece takers: Rémy Cabella (MF, €6.0m)
Secret weapon: Daniil Utkin (MF, €5.0m)
Banker: Viktor Claesson (MF, €6.5m)
Bargain signing: Matvei Safonov (GK, €4.5m)

Lazio

Ciro Immobile could be Lazio's best bet
Ciro Immobile could be Lazio's best betGetty Images

Penalty taker: Ciro Immobile (FW, €10.5m)
Set-piece takers: Luis Alberto (MF, €8.5m)
Secret weapon: Joaquin Correa (MF, €8.0m)
Banker: Ciro Immobile (FW, €10.5m)
Bargain signing: Manuel Lazzari (DF, €5.0m)

Leipzig

Penalty taker: Emil Forsberg (MF, €7.0m), Marcel Halstenberg (DF, €5.0m)
Set-piece takers: Christopher Nkunku (MF, €7.5m), Marcel Halstenberg (DF, €5.0m)
Secret weapon: Dani Olmo (MF, €6.0m)
Banker: Marcel Sabitzer (MD, €8.5m)
Bargain: Angeliño (DF, €5.0m)

Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a major set-piece threat
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a major set-piece threatGetty Images

Penalty taker: Mohamed Salah (MF, €11.5m)
Set-piece takers: Trent Alexander-Arnold (DF, €6.5m), Mohamed Salah (MF, €11.5m), Andy Robertson (DF, €6.5m)
Secret weapon: Diogo Jota (MF, €7.5m)
Banker: Sadio Mané (MF, €11.0m)
Bargain signing: Naby Keïta (MF, €7.0m)

Lokomotiv Moskva

Penalty taker: Anton Miranchuk (MF, €6.0m)
Set-piece takers: Anton Miranchuk (MF, €6.0m)
Secret weapon: Vitali Lisakovich (FW, €6.0m)
Banker: Anton Miranchuk (MF, €6.0m)
Bargain signing: Maciej Rybus (DF, €4.5m)

Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne pulls the strings for Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne pulls the strings for Manchester CityManchester City FC via Getty Ima

Penalty taker: Kevin de Bruyne (MF, €11.5m)
Set-piece takers: Kevin de Bruyne (MF, €11.5m), Riyad Mahrez (MF, €9.0m)
Secret weapon: Ferrán Torres (MF, €7.5m)
Banker: Kevin de Bruyne (MF, €11.5m)
Bargain signing: Phil Foden (MF, €7.0m)

Manchester United

Penalty taker: Bruno Fernandes (MF, €9.5m)
Set-piece takers: Bruno Fernandes (MF, €9.5m), Marcus Rashford (MF, 9.0m), Paul Pogba (MF, €8.5m)
Secret weapon: Alex Telles (DF, €5.5m)
Banker: Bruno Fernandes (MF, €9.5m)
Bargain signing: Mason Greenwood (MF, €7.5m)

Marseille

Florian Thauvin shoulders much of Marseille's creative responsibility
Florian Thauvin shoulders much of Marseille's creative responsibilityIcon Sport via Getty Images

Penalty taker: Dimitri Payet (MF, €8.0m)
Set-piece taker: Dimitri Payet (MF, €8.0m)
Secret weapon: Mickaël Cuisance (MF, €5.5m)
Banker: Florian Thauvin (MF, €8.5m)
Bargain signing: Boubacar Kamara (DF, €4.5m)

Midtjylland

Penalty taker: Sory Kaba (FW, €6.5m), Alexander Scholz (DF, €4.5m)
Set-piece takers: Evander (MF, €6.5m)
Secret weapon: Anders Dreyer (MF, €6.0m)
Banker: Awer Mabil (MW, €6.5m)
Bargain signing: Pione Sisto (MF, €5.5m)

Mönchengladbach

Lars Stindl is involved in everything for Mönchengladbach
Lars Stindl is involved in everything for MönchengladbachBorussia Moenchengladbach via Ge

Penalty taker: Lars Stindl (MF, €8.0m), Ramy Bensebaini (DF, €5.5m)
Set-piece takers: Lars Stindl (MF, €8.0m)
Secret weapon: Florian Neuhaus (MF, €6.5m)
Banker: Alassane Plea (FW, €8.0m)
Bargain signing: Ramy Bensebaini (DF, €5.5m)

Olympiacos

Penalty taker: Mathieu Valbuena (MF, €7.0m)
Set-piece takers: Mathieu Valbuena (MF, €7.0m), Kostas Fortounis (MF, €6.5m)
Secret weapon: Lazar Randjelovic (MF, €5.5m)
Banker: Youssef El-Arabi (FW, €8.0m)
Bargain signing: Mady Camara (MF, €5.0m)

Paris

Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain
Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-GermainGetty Images

Penalty taker: Neymar (FW, €11.5m)
Set-piece takers: Ángel Di María (MF, €9.0m), Neymar (FW, €11.5m)
Secret weapon: Marquinhos (DF, €5.5m)
Banker: Kylian Mbappé (FW, €11.0m)
Bargain signing: Alessandro Florenzi (DF, €5.0m)

Porto

Penalty taker: Felipe Anderson (MF, €6.5m)
Set-piece takers: Felipe Anderson (MF, €6.5m)
Secret weapon: Mehdi Taremi (FW, €7.0m)
Banker: Jesús Corona (MF, €7.5m)
Bargain signing: Marko Grujić (MF, €5.0m)

Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos does it all for Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos does it all for Real MadridGetty Images

Penalty taker: Sergio Ramos (DF, €6.5m)
Set-piece takers: Toni Kroos (MF, €8.0m), Sergio Ramos (DF, €6.5m)
Secret weapon: Martin Ødegaard (MF, €7.0m)
Banker: Karim Benzema (FW, €10.5m)
Bargain signing: Ferland Mendy (DF, €5.5m)

Rennes

Penalty taker: Serhou Guirassy (FW, €6.5m)
Set-piece takers: Benjamin Bourigeaud (MF, €6.5m)
Secret weapon: Nayef Aguerd (DF, €4.5m)
Banker: Serhou Guirassy (FW, €6.5m)
Bargain signing: Damien Da Silva (DF, €4.5m)

Salzburg

Keep an eye on Dominik Szoboszlai of Salzburg
Keep an eye on Dominik Szoboszlai of SalzburgGetty Images

Penalty taker: Dominik Szoboszlai (MF, €7.0m)
Set-piece takers: Dominik Szoboszlai (MF, €7.0m)
Secret weapon: Masaya Okugawa (FW, €6.5m)
Banker: Patson Daka (FW, €7.5m)
Bargain signing: Jérôme Onguéné (DF, €4.0m)

Sevilla

Penalty taker: Lucas Ocampos (MF, €8.5m)
Set-piece takers: Joan Jordán (MF, €6.5m)

Secret weapon: Marcos Acuña (DF, €5.0m)
Banker: Lucas Ocampos (MF, €8.5m)
Bargain signing: Jesús Navas (DF, €5.5m)

Shakhtar Donetsk

Alan Patrick is influential for Shakhtar
Alan Patrick is influential for ShakhtarGetty Images

Penalty taker: Alan Patrick (MF, €6.0m)
Set-piece takers: Marlos (MF, €7.0m), Taison (MF, €7.0m), Alan Patrick (MF, €6.0m)
Secret weapon: Dodô (DF, €4.5m)
Banker: Júnior Moraes (FW, €7.5m)
Bargain signing: Tetê (MF, €5.0m)

Zenit

Penalty taker: Artem Dzyuba (FW, €8m)
Set-piece takers: Wílmar Barrios (MF, €4.5m), Yaroslav Rakits'kyy (DF, €4.5m)
Secret weapon: Andrei Mostovoy (MF, €5.5m)
Banker: Artem Dzyuba (FW, €8.0m), Sardar Azmoun (FW, €8.0m)
Bargain signing: Yaroslav Rakits'kyy (DF, €4.5m)