With its victory in the Champions League (then in the European Supercup), Chelsea is logically the club with the most nominees during the ceremony scheduled in Istanbul, on the sidelines of the draw for the Champions League. The “Blues” have five players among the twelve named for the best of the season in C1 (three per position: goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, attacker).
Among the women, FC Barcelona, victorious in the C1, does even better since it is three of its residents who will compete for the title of best player of the year: the Spanish Jennifer Hermoso, co-top scorer of the C1 , seems favorite in front of her teammates, the Dutch Lieke Martens and the Spaniard Alexia Putellas.
For men, the fight promises to be close between the three applicants for the award.
Defensive midfielder Jorginho, 29, has the advantage, in addition to the victory in C1 alongside Kanté, to have shone at the Euro with Italy, crowned at Wembley on July 11. The linchpin of the Nazionale, the one his teammates nicknamed the “Professor” was the field player most used by Roberto Mancini.
Kanté, 30, could not do anything for the France team, which came out in the eighth at the Euro, but he weighed more than any other Chelsea player on the coronation in C1. He was notably named man of the match in the final won against Manchester City (1-0).
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De Bruyne, 30, if he has no European title to assert (final of C1 and defeat in the quarterfinals of the Euro against Belgium), for his part shone in England with the title in the Premier League and victory in the Coupe de la Ligue. The Belgian finished second last season in this individual ranking behind Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.
The best coaches in UEFA’s women’s and men’s competitions will also be honored on Thursday.
With a new Chelsea-City men’s duel on the program: Thomas Tuchel against Josep Guardiola. Unless finally the third named of the “short list” wins, the coach of Italy Roberto Mancini, the great architect of the rebirth of the Nazionale since the fiasco of the non-qualification for the World-2018.
Among the ladies, the favorite is the Spanish coach of the women’s FC Barcelona Lluis Cortes, who left his post in June after securing the treble of the Champions League, Spanish Championship and Spanish Cup. He faces Swede Peter Gerhardsson, Sweden coach, and Briton Emma Hayes, Chelsea coach.
The jury, for men, was made up of 24 Euro team coaches, 80 club coaches present in the Champions League and Europa League group stages, as well as 55 journalists. For the women, it included the coaches of the clubs present in the eighth of the C1 and the twelve best nations in the world ranking, as well as twenty journalists specializing in women’s football.