After unveiling the candidates to win the Puskas prize and the title of best goalkeeper of the year, FIFA gave this Thursday the names of the three finalists who will be decided by votes to win the trophy of coach of the year.
The year 2022 has just started but the world of football has not yet finished with 2021. In particular FIFA which, as the week goes on, unveils the nominees to win The Best trophies. After revealing the three candidates likely to win the title of best goalkeeper of the year, the body unveiled the names of the three finalist coaches for the coach of the year trophy: Pep Guardiola, Roberto Mancini and Thomas Tuchel.
Guardiola, strong winner of the Premier League
Present at Manchester City since 2016, Pep Guardiola has succeeded, over the years, in instilling a pleasant playing background. The 2020-2021 season was no exception with a new Premier League title on the menu, his third since his arrival.
But the real progress is especially in the Champions League: Ruben Dias’ teammates were able to reach the final thanks to a double success in the semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain. On the verge of offering the English club a first European title, Guardiola failed to lead his troops to victory against Chelsea, who won the match on the smallest of margins (0-1).
Tuchel, six dream months with Chelsea
The season had started badly for Thomas Tuchel. At that time coach of PSG, the German had struggled to bring out the best of this team, which he had however led to the final of the Champions League during the Final 8 in Portugal. Fired during the winter break, Tuchel was quick to bounce back with an offer from Chelsea, who had just dismissed Frank Lampard from his post.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach was quick to impose his paw on a workforce that struggled to be convincing during the first part of the season. How not to mention this journey in the Champions League, where the Blues defeated Atlético de Madrid, FC Porto and Real Madrid. Against Manchester City in the final, it only took a small goal from Kai Havertz to offer the supreme victory to the Londoners. A dream scenario for the German.
Mancini, the surprise Euro 2021
Roberto Mancini, who arrived in 2018 as Italy coach, was tasked with relaunching a country that was no longer a shadow of itself on the international scene. The old cityzen will not be long in launching the reconstruction of Squadra Azzura by setting up an attractive game.
By participating in Euro 2021, the Italians had to send a strong message to Europe. Marco Verratti’s teammates did better than that, as they won the competition after a penalty shootout in the final against England. Moment when the porter Gianluigi Donnarumma had illustrated himself. Despite this victory, Italy is not guaranteed to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Before that, they have to compete in the play-offs of the competition.