Chelsea and Manchester City dominated the nominations for the Champions League player awards after reaching the final of the 2020-21 competition.
Porto’s Estadio do Dragao played host to the Champions League final between Chelsea and City on May 29.
The Blues ended up winning 1-0, thanks to a first-half strike from Kai Havertz. However, both teams have been strongly represented in the UEFA nominations for the best individual players for each position.
Chelsea No.1 Edouard Mendy is up for the best goalkeeper award alongside Manchester City shot-stopper Ederson, with Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois completing the final shortlist.
In defence, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger made the cut for the Blues, while Ruben Dias has been acknowledged for an impressive debut season in Europe with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.
Chelsea once again led the nominations in midfield, with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante getting the nod and City are represented by Kevin de Bruyne, who won the accolade in 2019-20.
Although, the two finalists do not have a representative in the frontline as Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and Bayern Munich talisman, Robert Lewandowksi were all given the nod following exploits in front of goal.
The winners will be announced after the group stage draw for this season’s Champions League, which is due to take place on August 26 in Istanbul.