The Scout faces a number of tricky dilemmas ahead of the final, not least which goalkeeper to favour and who might get a look-in up front.
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Picking a Fantasy squad for the final is a slightly different business to the rest of the season, as only 11 players can make it on to the pitch. The Scout, however, is resisting temptation to stock up on cheap bench options to free up funds for the 11 who will be involved, sticking to the same 15-man squad approach that has lasted all season.Play Champions League Fantasy
The easiest option, with Ederson (€6.0m) and Edouard Mendy (€5.5m), assuming he recovers from a chest injury, both viable options to start. Given Chelsea have not kept a clean sheet in any of their five matches since the semi-final second leg, the Manchester City man has the slight edge in this department although Mendy is the higher scorer on Fantasy this season, picking up 60 points, eight more than his Brazilian rival. Mendy has also picked up six save points, which might tip the balance in his favour as it means less of a reliance on clean sheets.
Should the Senegal international not recover from a rib injury sustained on the final day of the Premier League season, his likely deputy would be Kepa (€4.6m), which would free up funds for use further forward in the squad.
Given both sides have conceded only four goals in their 12 games on the way to the final, it's little surprise there are plentiful viable defensive options from both. The likes of Rúben Dias, Kyle Walker and César Azpilicueta are particularly appealing, but with an eye on the budget the Scout has plumped for the cheaper options, which means discounting more expensive players such as Ben Chilwell.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (€4.4m) is especially eye-catching, both in terms of price and attacking threat, with John Stones (€5.2m) also selected ahead of his Manchester City team-mates; the Chelsea contingent is three-strong in the back line, with Andreas Christensen (€4.8m), Antonio Rüdiger (€4.9m) and Thiago Silva (€5.0m) – the latter a beaten finalist with Paris Saint-Germain in 2020 – all getting the nod.
Somewhat unusually for the UEFA Champions League final, the key element of Fantasy selection is likely to be midfield given that City are unlikely to field an out-and-out striker and there's a chance Chelsea could follow suit. There's still plenty of attacking options for both sides, although it's impossible to overlook the claims of City trio Kevin De Bruyne (€11.4m), Riyad Mahrez (€9.1m) and Phil Foden (€7.5m). While the latter is the top scorer left on the game with 63 points, Mahrez has found the net in City's last three European matches – four goals in all – and De Bruyne has managed seven attacking returns (three goals and four assists) in only 631 minutes of playing time.
Chelsea's options are more defensive in nature; Jorginho (€6.3m) has picked up 23 of his 54 points this season via ball recoveries, while N'Golo Kanté (€5.5m) collected nine points over the semi-finals and has 13 from the ball recovery route.
The plethora of options in midfield means that attack is a more challenging selection, with Timo Werner (€10.4m) likely to be the only striker selected to start for either side in Porto. The German international has scored 46 Fantasy points for the campaign, thanks mainly to four goals and two assists, and was on target in the semi-final second leg. While Olivier Giroud has score 36 points, 20 of those came in a single game on Matchday 5 and he has managed only three in total in Chelsea's last five matches, so it's probably wisest to look at City for the other attacking options.
Gabriel Jesus (€9.2m) has 17 points to his name and is likely to start on the bench; Sergio Agüero (€9.6m) has two points fewer and is also set to be a substitute for what is his final City appearance, but his two goals off the bench in his Premier League farewell against Everton on 23 May mean it's hard to overlook the potential for another fairy-tale finale for the Argentinian.