Chelsea Players Enjoy UEFA Awards Success
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During the Champions League draw, there were also five men's awards handed out during the evening, with Chelsea players nominated for five out of the six.

They included Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder, overall Player of the season and Coach of the season, with it being no surprise that Blues' players won four of these accolades.

Voted for by coaches and journalists from across the continent, these awards are coveted prizes and so the success for Thomas Tuchel's side will be warmly received in West London.

Let's run through the winners and just why they deserve them so much.

Goalkeeper of the Season - Edouard Mendy

Picking up the goalkeeper of the season award, it was no surprise to see Edouard Mendy given the prize, after the phenomenal season he has had, with it being his first campaign at the club.

Upon receiving the recognition, the 29-year-old said, albeit virtually: 'I'd like to thank my club, my coach, the stuff ... and, of course, my team without whom this would not have been possible.'

The Senegalese keeper kept a record nine clean sheets in the competition last season, as well as making an impressive 2.6 saves per game, so was a worthy winner by all accounts.

Midfielder of the Season - N'Golo Kante

It was hard not to give this award to N'Golo Kante - with four man of the match awards in the UCL last season, he proved time and time again why he is one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. 

The Frenchman was also prevented from attending in person due to travel restrictions but said in a characteristically short speech: 'I'm pleased to receive the award - thanks to all my teammates and the club for this award. I wish you all the best!'

Since arriving at the club in 2016, he has won every major trophy possible, being instrumental at the heart of midfield under multiple managers, showing repeatedly his almost unparalleled ability.

Coach of the Year - Thomas Tuchel

The Champions League winning coach picked up the ultimate prize in football management, pipping Euro 2020 winner Roberto Mancini to the post for the accolade.

Speaking after the award was announced, the German manager said:  'I take it on behalf of all my staff. I'm absolutely delighted and very grateful for everyone who supported.'

Since arriving in January of this year, he has transformed the West London side from a struggling ninth place to flying high at the pinnacle of European football, showing just why he deserves to be recognised for this award.

Player of the Year - Jorginho

This award was not only based on performances in the Champions League, but also those for their national teams during Euro 2020, so after winning both competitions in spectacular fashion, Jorginho was a worthy recipient of this award.

The Italian midfielder said: 'A big thanks from the heart to all the people who helped me on this journey ... and to the people who didn't believe in me. They motivated me to work even more so thanks to them as well.'

Overall, a hugely successful evening for the Blues in Istanbul, despite none of the winners being able to make it out due to travel restrictions, and one that recognised the spectacular performances put in by Tuchel and his squad during the 2020/21 season.

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