The Best XI This Season From The Top Five European Leagues By Stats
The end of the calendar year means we're nearly at the halfway point of the season and it'll soon be the winter break in Europe. So let's look back at who the best players so far this season are, by stats.
It's a good time for the top five leagues with the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 supplying all 16 of the last 16 of the Champions League, for the first time ever.
But who are the best players in each of those leagues, and how would a mixed XI look? Well according to WhoScored the stats provide the answer:
The Premier League dominates with five players coming from England's top tier and interestingly Leicester City have as many players in the team as league leaders Liverpool, with Manchester City only having Kevin de Bruyne in the team.
Manchester United owned Chris Smalling also makes the side, as one of two Englishmen with James Maddison, but he is currently on loan at Roma which might make for awkward viewing for United fans and management.
Timo Werner and Robert Lewandowski are the two Bundesliga representative and Karim Benzema is in there for La Liga, after 11 goals in 14 appearances in the league this season.
Angel di Maria is the unsurprising addition from Ligue 1 but the French league has the most surprising inclusion in the team with Brest's Gautier Larsonneur in net for the team.
The side currently sit in 14th place in the league and have conceded 20 times in 17 games but the 22-year-old has an average rating of 7.29,
Whilst most of Europe is used to having a winter break in the middle of the season it's the first time that the Premier League are employing one.
The break won't be over Christmas, with the usual busy period still happening in England, and instead clubs will take a week off in February.
10 teams will play the weekend of 7th-10h February and the other 10 will play the 14th-17th.