Chelsea, Man City stars dominate Champions League nominees for positional awards

Chelsea, Man City stars dominate Champions League nominees for positional awards

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
  • Chelsea and Man City players will have at least one winner in the forthcoming positional Champions League awards
  • It was an all English affair as both Premier League clubs made it through to last season's final where the Blues won by 1-0
  • However, no players from both clubs were selected to win an accolade in the best striker's category

Chelsea and Manchester City players have been selected to win an accolade for positional Champions League awards in the various departments of the team, UEFA, Punch.

Five Blues players made the cut, as well as three City stars, were all shortlisted in the best goalkeeper, defender and midfielder categories.

Edouardo Mendy will have to compete with Ederson and Real Madrid's consistent shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea, Man City stars dominate Champions League nominees for positional awards
Chelsea, Man City stars will at least win one laurel in the Champions League positional awards. Photo by Shaun Botterill and Darren Walsh
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In the defence section, PFA's best player of last season Ruben Dias will be contending with Chelsea's duo of Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger.

The best midfielder will be a hard one to put as Kevin De Bruyne, Jorgiunho and N'Golo Kante will all be battling for the accolade.

No player from a Premier League club was nominated n the best striker's category as Dortmund's Erling Haaland, Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski were listed.

Here are all the categories and players nominated

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Ederson (Manchester City), Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea)

Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Jorginho (Chelsea), N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea)

Forwards: Erling Haaland (Dortmund), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Kylian Mbappé (Paris)

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Jorginho has made a joke about Lionel Messi's shock exit at Barcelona on a lighter note as he begged the Argentine star to join him at Chelsea this summer, The Sun.

The 29-year-old had a fulfilling season as helped the Blues win their second Champions League title and Italy win Euro 2020.

The Italian midfielder could not believe the news after it was confirmed that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was on his way out of the club. also reported that David Luiz became a free agent after his contract with Arsenal expired at the end of last season and is yet to find a new club, Goal, Daily Mail.

The Brazilian centre-back has admitted that playing in Ligue 1 is not an option for him since Lionel Messi joined his former club Paris Saint-Germain.

Both players have come In each other's way on a few occasions in the Champions League while Messi was plying his trade for Barcelona.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.