Wednesday Nov 06, 2019. 12:00
Africanfootball.com takes a look at FIVE African stars to keep an eye on in the Uefa Champions League this evening.
Following another outstanding evening from an African perspective on Tuesday, with memorable performances from Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi amongst others, and an outstanding goal from Geoffrey Kondogbia, we pick five players to carry the mantle later today.
The Manchester City winger has arguably been the club’s standout player in the Uefa Champions League this season, with his goal and three assists helping the Premier League champions to three successive wins.
Pep Guardiola has preferred to start with the Algerian captain in Europe and Mahrez will be expected to line up in the starting XI tonight as City take on an Atalanta side making waves in Italy.
With three goals in his last three league games, the Nigerian is Club Brugge’s in form striker heading into their midweek clash away to Paris Saint-Germain.
Following a 5-0 thumping in the reverse fixture, Okereke and co will be eager to make amends against a French side brilliantly marshalled by fellow African Idrissa Gana Gueye in the middle of the park.
Another of Club Brugge’s African contingent, Deli has been the unsung hero of all those who come form the continent.
Having featured in all but one of the club’s games across all competitions this season, the Ivorian defender is clearly an integral member of the squad and will be eager – more than most – to put in a solid shift in the French capital as the Belgium club aim to make amends.
Jean Michaël Seri
Another Ivorian in for a big night of football is Galatasaray’s Seri. Following a difficult season which resulted in the relegation from the Premier League, the 28-year-old is starting to return to his best form in Turkey.
Against a Real Madrid midfield stacked with world class stars, Seri will be eager to stand his ground as the Turkish giants go in search of a memorable win.
One of the most improved players across the European continent this season, Partey has established himself as an important member of the squad and starter at Atletico Madrid.
Having patiently waited for his turn, the Ghanaian is now one of the first names on the team-sheet and will be eager to put in another solid shift away to Bayer Leverkusen this evening.