The Champions League draw has concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. Aside from the actual group stage draw itself, Bayern has dominated the list of individual awards from the 2019/20 season in the competition. Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, and Hansi Flick have all collected individual “UEFA’s Best” awards.
Lewandowski has collected the best forward award and best player while Neuer has collected the best keeper award, Kimmich has accepted the best defender award, and Flick has collected the best coach award. The quartet of Bayern representatives are more than deserving of the accolades and it’s no surprise that they’ve each collected awards for the parts they played en route to another historic treble.
Of course, Kimmich was predominantly used as a midfielder during the 2019/20 campaign for Bayern, but he did play right back in the knockout stage tournament when Benjamin Pavard was injured. Technically, the award could’ve gone to a different defender, but Kimmich was one of the most consistent performers in Bayern’s Champions League campaign, especially when he had to play right back in the second leg against Chelsea, the quarter-final against Barcelona, the semi-final against Lyon, and the final against Paris Saint-Germain.
Neuer had one of his most impressive seasons in recent years in 2019/20, especially in the Champions League. He recorded a total of 6 clean sheets in the Champions League campaign, which was the most of any keeper in the competition. His strong season was highlighted by making a handful of massive saves in the final against PSG.
Lewandowski winning the best forward and player of the season was probably the most sure-fire bet you could’ve made for the UEFA awards. 15 goals and 6 assists in the Champions League as well as toping the scoring charts for both the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. This award was never in doubt for Lewandowski, never!
It’s really hard to say enough about Hansi Flick. From 7th in the Bundesliga table just weeks after he took over last November to winning another historic treble for the club. That sentence and what it means alone is worth its weight in gold. There’d been so much talk from staff members around the training ground at Sabener Strasse like Hermann Gerland and fitness coach Dr. Holger Broich about just how hard the players in the squad were working for one another and just how much fun they seemed to be having together - all a testament to Flick. There’s no other coach that deserved to win this more than Flick.
The other award
Best Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Hard to argue this, though we do, of course, have to say that Thomas Muller also had a fair shout at this, among others.