The Europa League has named what they see as the best team of the group stage, and Napoli have been given a unique honor in this year's group: they are the only team with two players on the list, with both Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens making the best XI.
Both players excelled in Europa League action, scoring five goals apiece to finish tied for second in scoring in the group stage. Their ten goals helped lead Napoli to their record-setting 22 goals scored in the group stage, and their perfect, six-win record in the group stage, the only team in all of Europe to go perfect through the round.
The duo weren't the only two Napoli players to perform at an extraordinarily high level in the group stage. Omar El Kaddouri lead all players in assists with five, and both Vlad Chiriches and Kalidou Koulibaly were among the highest-rated defenders in the competition as well, with Mertens coming in as WhoScored's top-rated player overall for the group stage -- though admittedly, WhoScored's rating system is a bit flawed, especially for sample sizes this small.
A few other names that should be familiar to Napoli fans popped up in the list. Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz tortured Napoli in the Champions League playoff last season, and lead the Europa League in scoring with six goals, alongside fellow best XI finisher Raul Bobadilla of Augsburg. Tottenham Hotspur winger and former Napoli transfer target Erik Lamela also cracked the list, having scored five goals of his own and scoring a hat trick in Spurs' last group stage match against Monaco.