UEFA Champions League: 5 Players Who Must Step Up for Their Teams to Advance

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UEFA Champions League: 5 Players Who Must Step Up for Their Teams to Advance
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The Champions League has reached the halfway point of its group stages, and it's been a pretty wild one so far.

While some of the European powerhouses lead their groups, there are a few teams that have provided us with some surprises.

I doubt anyone predicted that Manchester City would only have one point so far, or that BATE Borisov would be tied for the lead in Group F.

With a few exceptions, though, there is still much competition to be had between the teams fighting to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Now that each team has played the first leg against their respective group opponents, every point is crucial for those teams on the fringe of qualifying for knockouts.

Like any other crucial games, teams will have to dig deep down to pull out great performances; especially considering they all have domestic leagues to worry about as well.

Every team still involved would be well-served with having players give standout performances. These are just a few players that I feel must shine if their team wants to advance.

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