Need a points boost for your #UCLfantasy team? Consider these captaincy candidates ahead of the quarter-finals.
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We are well and truly in the business end of the UEFA Champions League now as the final eight teams battle it out. So who's caught our eye for the Fantasy armband in the quarter-final first legs?
TUESDAY 9 APRIL
Raheem Sterling (€9.6m) vs Tottenham (A)
Manchester City are fighting for trophies on all fronts at the moment, but what they covet above everything else is success in the UEFA Champions League. Josep Guardiola's men have again been handed an all-English quarter-final, this time against Tottenham, and they will be determined to let their domestic supremacy show here. Sterling has scored three goals and provided two assists this season in European action, while his current hot streak has brought eight goals in his last seven games for club and country. The winger has also scored three times in his last three fixtures against Tottenham, so he's undoubtedly a strong captaincy candidate this week.
Sadio Mané (€9.0m) vs Porto (H)
We tipped Mané in our last Captain Marvel article and the Senegalese star did not let us down after his double at Bayern secured Liverpool's passage into the last eight. He has been the jewel in the crown of Jürgen Klopp's front three in the last couple of months, so his armband credentials remain strong when the Reds entertain Porto at Anfield. Eight goals in his last nine games for club and country are indicative of his blistering form, and he will fancy his chances of adding to his three goals in this season's UEFA Champions League.
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL
Dušan Tadić (€7.5m) vs Juventus (H)
If you are put off by the injury concerns surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo, then Ajax forward Dušan Tadić is a tempting captaincy choice in this particular tie. At a meagre price of €7.5m, Tadić has been one of the best value-for-money picks this season, with only Lionel Messi scoring more Fantasy points than the Serbian. Ajax have proved they can mix it with the best this season and, after taking apart defending champions Real Madrid in the round of 16, will no longer be underestimated. On penalty duties and with six goals to his name in this season's competition, Tadić is one to consider.
Lionel Messi (€11.6m) vs Manchester United (A)
Even by his own stratospheric standards, Messi has been especially electrifying of late, scoring ten goals his last six appearances for the Catalan giants. His two goals and two assists in the second leg against Lyon were instrumental in ensuring Barcelona's progression, and the Spanish Liga leaders now take on Manchester United. Messi – the joint-leading scorer in the UEFA Champions League this season – relishes playing English opposition, having hit the net 22 times against Premier League clubs in his career.