Champions League Challengers

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The race for qualification from the Champions League is hotting up and things got even more interesting yesterday, as we saw numerous European stars performing brilliantly on the Football Index.

Luka Modric (87p) was yesterday’s best overall player with a points haul of 214. Having opened up the floodgates during Madrid’s 6-0 rout of APOEL Nicosia, Modric showed his class throughout and he did well to get the overall winner considering the likes of Timo Werner (£2.02) were also on top form.

The young German grabbed a brace during RB Leipzig’s 4-1 victory away to Monaco and he is really looking like a future world beater. Leipzig have given themselves a chance of qualification, as they drew level on points with Porto and Naby Keita (£1.47) also got on the scoresheet in what was a very impressive display. Considering Keita will be leaving for Liverpool this summer, I feel that he’s still got masses of potential and he could easily jump in value by the time he walks out in front of the Anfield masses.

Back to Werner and his double ensured that he was the PB winner for the strikers and it’s surely only a matter of time until the bigger fish come knocking with some massive bids for Werner!

From a British perspective, both Man City and Tottenham did the business with hard fought victories over Feyenoord and Dortmund respectively. Raheem Sterling’s winner was enough to guarantee the Media Buzz win and he continues to slowly creep up in value and now finds himself at £2.25.

Meanwhile, super Harry Kane (£7.54) and Son Hueng Min (126th in the squad) were able to get themselves on the scoresheet as Spurs managed a 2-1 victory away from home; very impressive considering Dortmund’s reputation!

However, in amongst all of the ups and downs from players participating in the Champions League, the one player who stole the show yesterday was Riyad Mahrez (£1.68). The Algerian got a taste of Champions League life during Leicester’s single stint in the competition and it looks as though he’s keen to get back in the limelight.

Rumours of Man City making a move in January have done wonders for Mahrez’s value and he was subject to a 25p increase over 24 hours! If Pep does make the move for him, it will be interesting to see where he is able to fit him in, as there is already an abundance of attacking midfield talent at the Etihad. With the January transfer window just around the corner, something tells me Mahrez won’t be the last player to spike in value over the coming months…

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