20 Hottest Young Players to Watch in the Champions League This Season

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20 Hottest Young Players to Watch in the Champions League This Season
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The race for football's greatest prize is now down to just 32 teams.

Having watched the playoffs and qualifying rounds take place, the UEFA Champions League group stage is now seemingly ready to begin. We know which teams will battle it out, and while we don't yet know the groups or how those matches will play out, we do know which teams and players to watch for.

And in terms of players worth watching, the list is endless.

Even when we try to just look at young players, the number of stars who could make the list is remarkable—so we've tried to cut down that list even further.

To do that, two important selection criteria were required.

Firstly, a "young player" is someone aged 21 or under. Apologies to all the 30-somethings out there whom I may have just insulted.

Secondly, only one player per team made this list. That allows us to gain a bit of a wider view on the Champions League as a whole, rather than missing out on several teams and key players as a result.

Let's take a look at the top 20 young players in the 2013-14 Champions League.

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