Five Chelsea players up for major awards after Champions League heroics

Chelsea dominate UEFA’s Champions League honours lists thanks to their victory against Manchester City in the final earlier this year.

UEFA published their official nominees list today for best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward of last season’s competition.

Straight off the bat, Edouard Mendy has his hat in the ring for the tournament’s standout ‘keeper.

The Senegalese shot-stopper kept nine clean sheets throughout the run, which was the most managed by a goalkeeper in their debut campaign in the Champions League.

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Mendy is up against Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid and Manchester City’s Ederson.

Up next with the double trouble, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger are both up for the category of finest defender.

Azpilicueta successfully captained Chelsea to another major European trophy, doing so next to the formidable presence of Rudiger.

They, alongside Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen, ensured Mendy’s goal was largely untouched from start to finish.

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Ruben Dias from City offers the Blues pair their only rivalry in this particular section.

Thomas Tuchel’s men cleared the floor in the midfield grouping as well.

N’Golo Kante and Jorginho wave the Chelsea flag, thanks to their excellent performances in the centre of the park.

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Kante was named man of the match in both semi-finals and the final for his all-conquering, all-covering displays.

Jorginho had a more underrated, but equally as effective role, dictating proceedings with his intelligence and guile.

Kevin De Bruyne is the other candidate.

Unfortunately, no Chelsea players were singled out for the forward award. We obviously didn’t want to be too greedy!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.