FIFA have announced their finalists for The Best awards and there’s a distinct Chelsea theme among this year’s nominees.
Edouard Mendy and Ann-Katrin Berger have both been named as finalists for Best Goalkeeper in their respective categories, while Emma Hayes has been nominated for Best Women’s Coach and Thomas Tuchel has been nominated for Best Men’s Coach.
You’d be hard pushed to argue that neither Tuchel not Hayes deserve recognition for their stunning performances over the past 12 months, and the two bosses, particularly the former, could be set to finally end the curse that has plagued Roman Abramovich’s glittering spell as Chelsea owner.
Abramovich is undoubtedly the best owner in the Premier League and in Tuchel he’s found a man who can deliver even more success and who he can trust to lead the team for years to come.
After all, how often do we see these awards brought back to Stamford Bridge? Having recently been crowned the Team of the Year at the annual Ballon d’Or awards, Chelsea could now see their leader recognised once again.
Despite stiff competition from the manager of the reigning Premier League champions Pep Guardiola, and Roberto Mancini after his remarkable feat in leading Italy to Euro 2020 glory, Tuchel has got to be in pole position having overseen such a massive transformation.
Tuchel was appointed Chelsea boss back in January 2021, with the Blues sitting ninth in the Premier League table following Frank Lampard’s departure.
It was clear Tuchel had a huge task ahead of him if he was even going to secure any form of European football for Chelsea, yet he somehow managed to guide the team to a top-four finish and also managed to win some lesser-known competition called the Champions League.
Tuchel has achieved more in less than a year at Chelsea than most managers will in a lifetime. However, as we all well know, Roman Abramovich is not one for dwelling on the past and if things start to go pear-shaped, Tuchel’s job could soon be at risk.
Tuchel understands the pressure he is under and presents himself superbly whenever he speaks to the media. Could he be the manager who changes Abramovich’s attitude to managers?
Chelsea struggled throughout December and their title tilt suffered a serious wobble. And yet, the Chelsea fanbase have remained staunch in their support of the German boss.
There is a unanimous feeling among the fans that, regardless of whether we suffer the occasional blip in form, Tuchel is the man to take us forward.
Let’s just hope the big boss upstairs sees things as we’re seeing them and that his relationship with Tuchel is a long one.