Champions League

Tuchel wins UEFA Men's Coach of the Year award; Cortés collects the Women's award

Thomas Tuchel was rewarded by UEFA after winning the Champions League with Chelsea last season. Barcelona Femení coach Lluis Cortés collected the Women's award.

Tuchel wins UEFA Men's Coach of the Year award after Champions League glory with Chelsea

Chelsea manager Thomas Tüchel won the UEFA Men's Coach of the Year award for 2020-21. The former Paris Saint-Germain boss, who took over from Frank Lampard in January, led the Blues to Champions League glory in May after a brilliant few months in charge. Chelsea won the competition for the second time in their history, beating Manchester City 0-1 in the final, before going on to lift the UEFA Super Cup this month after overcoming Villarreal on penalties.

Great season for Tuchel

Tüchel, who took PSG to the final in 2019-20, became the first coach to reach successive finals in the men's competition. He also led Chelsea to the FA Cup final, where they lost 1-0 to Leicester City, and a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.

Tüchel beat Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and Italy coach Roberto Mancini to the award, which was won by Hansi Flick in 2019-20.

Midfielder Jorginho had earlier won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year prize after playing a pivotal role in Chelsea's success and Italy's Euro 2020 triumph. Two other Chelsea players Edouard Mendy and N'Golo Kanté – were also successful on Thursday, winning the prizes for the best goalkeeper and best midfielder in last season's competition.

Lluis Cortés rewarded for Barcelona success

Meanwhile, Spanish coach Lluis Cortés collected the Women's Coach of the Year for 2020/21. The 35-year-old guided Barcelona Femení to their first European crown, winning the Women's Champions League after beating Chelsea 4-0 in the final in May. He polled 151 points ahead of Chelsea FC Women coach Emma Hayes on 78 points and Sweden's women's national team coach Peter Gerhardsson, who finished third with 37 points.