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Breaking News: Lewandowski Named UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year

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The footballer won the award on Thursday as Champions League winners Bayern Munich dominated the men’s awards. 

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Robert Lewandowski has been named UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year.

The footballer won the award on Thursday as Champions League winners Bayern Munich dominated the men’s awards.

The 32-year-old scored 55 goals in 47 games, including 15 in 10 in the Champions League, while team-mates Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich and manager Hansi Flick also scooped individual awards. Neuer and Kevin De Bruyne had also been up for the award.

“I have to say it’s amazing,” Lewandowski said. “It’s amazing, if you work so hard and you get this trophy, it’s something special.

“I have to say thank you to my team-mates, coaches, all the staff because they work very hard every day to prepare me for the games and also to my family because they support me a lot.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing in the biggest stadiums at the biggest club in the world. I’m very grateful and very proud and very happy.”

Pernille Harder, who recently joined Chelsea, was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year for her performances at Wolfsburg. The German side were beaten in the Champions League final by Lyon but Harder beat Lyon pair Wendie Renard and Lucy Bronze to the individual award.

Bayern captain Neuer was unsurprisingly named Goalkeeper of the Season, beating PSG’s Keylor Navas and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid. Neuer played every minute of Bayern’s European campaign, keeping six clean sheets and conceding only eight goals in 11 games.

Lyon’s Sarah Bouhaddi won the inaugural women’s award, conceding just twice in seven appearances as she won her seventh Women’s Champions League.

Ahead of Neuer, Bayern’s defensive quality was clear as their trio of Kimmich, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies made up the final shortlist, Kimmich coming out on top of the voting.

Bouhaddi was also joined by a Lyon defensive partner, with France star Renard named the women’s Defender of the Season as she also lifted the Champions League for the seventh time.

Manchester City’s European campaign finished in disappointment once again but De Bruyne was named Midfielder of the Season ahead of Thiago and Thomas Muller, while another Lyon star in Germany international Marozsan won the women’s award.

Lewandowski was named Forward of the Season, top scorer in the Champions League as in every other competition he played in 2019-20. Harder backed up her overall award with the Forward of the Season gong as well, scoring nine goals on the way to the final.

Bayern boss Flick’s remarkable rise to prominence over the last year was recognised as he was named Men’s Coach of the Year after masterminding his team’s treble.

Lyon’s dominance of Europe was further confirmed as their manager, Jean-Luc Vasseur, won the first Women’s Coach of the Year award.

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Guardiola names favourites to win champions league

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Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has named Bayern Munich as the top picks to win the Champions League in front of them.

Guardiola’s men are on course to advance into the quarter-finals, following their 2-0 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach, on Wednesday night.

Goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus got the success for City, who have now won their last 19 games altogether.

Be that as it may, notwithstanding his side’s great structure, Guardiola feels Bayern Munich, who pounded Lazio 4-1 in their keep going 16 first leg on Tuesday, are better positioned to win the Champions League this term.

He disclosed to BT Sport: “When I see Bayern Munich I don’t think we are favourites.

My target is West Ham in three days.“If people say we are favourites, we have to accept it, but a team who, in their whole history, has been to a semi-final once? OK, they say it, we have to accept it.”

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Nagelsmann to replace mourinho if sacked

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Tottenham Hotspur have chosen Julian Nagelsmann as the one who will replace Jose Mourinho as their supervisor if the Portuguese is sacked, the UK Telegraph reports.

Mourinho is using up all his time to save his work in North London. Spurs have gone from the highest point of the association to 10th spot within few months.

They are at present, nine points off Champions League placement, while they likewise left the FA Cup because of Everton.

Mourinho presently faces an unequivocal 12-day time span in which Spurs play four games against Wolfsberger in the Europa League, at that point Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

A loss in any of those matches could spell the end for Mourinho, with nine points the minimum requirement, albeit the previous Chelsea and Manchester United coach does in any case hold the help of Daniel Levy for the time being.

Nagelsmann, 33, who beat Spurs and Mourinho out of the Champions League 4-0 on total last season, is viewed as quite possibly the most energizing youthful coach in Europe.

Chelsea moved toward the German prior to going to Thomas Tuchel when they fired Frank Lampard, yet he would not like to leave Leipzig mid season.

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Tuchel says his priority is not the champions leagues

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Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, has said the Champions League isn’t a need for him. Tuchel expressed this just before their last-16 first leg against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday.

As indicated by the German who arrived at the last season with Paris Saint-Germain, the opposition won’t outweigh others.

“My priority is the next game we play.

“That has never been different and hopefully will never change. It is exactly what I expect from my players and my teams: that when we wear a Chelsea shirt, we play a Chelsea game and that means we play to win and give 100 per cent of effort and intensity.

“It’s very nice and exciting to play Champions League games in the knockout stages, but there is no preference,” Tuchel said.

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