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Opinion: France And Italy Stars Dominate My UEFA Nations League Team Of The Tournament

GOALKEEPER

Hugo Lloris (GK) - France

Lloris captained France to become the UEFA Nations League's second-ever winners. His heroics between the sticks helped the 2018 World Cup winners to 7 wins in 8 games.

DEFENDERS

Emerson (LB) - Italy

The 27-year-old Italian defender played five of Italy's eight games. His fine displays ensured Italy didn't lose a game until they faced Spain in the semifinals.

Presnel Kimpembe (CB) - France

The PSG center-back was solid in defense for the Les Bleus. Kimpembe is easily the best defender of the tournament putting in a man-of-the-match performance in one of the group stage games.

Francesco Acerbi (CB) - Italy

Acerbi was highly influential for Italy in the group stage games. The 33-year-old center-back was crucial in Italy's win over Belgium in the third-place fixture.

Benjamin Pavard (RB) - France

The Bayern Munich right-back joined forces with the attack as usual. Pavard, 25, scored one goal in his five games in the UEFA Nations League tournament.

MIDFIELDERS

Nicolo Barella (CM) - Italy

Barella scored two goals and one assist in 8 games for Italy. The 24-year-old Inter Milan midfielder scored to help Italy win the 3rd place game.

Paul Pogba (CM) - France

After four average performances in the group stage games, Pogba stepped up in the semifinal and final games against Belgium and Spain.

Kylian Mbappe (LW) - France

Mbappe could win the player of the tournament award if there is any. The 22-year old forward scored four goals and assisted three others in six games.

Kevin de Bruyne (AM) - Belgium

De Bruyne was crucial in Belgium's run to the third-place fixture. Despite losing both semifinal and third-place games, he assisted three goals for his teammates. Altogether, he registered one goal and six assists in six games.

Ferran Torres (RW) - Spain

Ferran Torres' two goals against Italy condemned Italy to their first loss in three years. The Manchester City winger is Spain's only representative on this lineup despite making it to the finals. He scored six goals in six games.

FORWARDS

Romelu Lukaku (FW) - Belgium

Some may think Karim Benzema deserves this spot but playing two games out of a possible eight spoilt his chances. Lukaku scored six goals and provided one assist in six games, very impressive.

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