Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne nominated for Uefa awards

The Man City pair could be recognised as the best coach and midfielder in Europe from last season.

<p>Pep Guardiola. Credit: Getty.</p>

Pep Guardiola. Credit: Getty.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been nominated for the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year award .

The accolade is in recognition of City’ outstanding season in 2020/21, when the club won the Premier League by 12 clear points, and the League Cup.

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The Blues also made it to the final of the Champions League for the first time in their history, but were beaten by Chelsea in the Porto final. The London side also put City out of the FA Cup semi-final in April.

Chelsea could once again pip City to a prize, with German coach Thomas Tuchel among those nominated for the Coach of the Year award. So too, is former City boss Roberto Mancini, who so impressively led Italy to success at Euro 2020, beating England in the final.

One of the trio will be announced as the winner during next Thursday’s Champions League draw, when City will also discover who they will face in the group stages of Europe’s top competition.

It could be a night full of awards for City, with Kevin De Bruyne also in the running for the Player of the Year for ‘20/21 and for the best midfielder category, while Ederson and Ruben Dias are also up for similar trophies in the respective goalkeeper and defender prizes.

De Bruyne won the midfield award last year, which was also the first time the Coach of the Year prize was up for grabs, when it was scooped by then Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick.

Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer missed out on a podium finish this year after the Uefa jury voted him ninth on the list for last season, after guiding the Red Devils to a second-place finish in the league, and a place in the Europa League final.