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Friday, October 15, 2021

"I don't even know which names are on the list" - Tuchel responds after being asked to pick Chelsea favorite for 2021 Ballon d'Or

  Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has offered his honest opinion on the race for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award. Ahead of the Blues' Premi...

 

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has offered his honest opinion on the race for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award. Ahead of the Blues' Premier League clash against Brentford, Tuchel was quizzed about his pick for the highly-coveted Ballon d'Or award.



Notably, Chelsea have the joint-highest number of nominees on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or after their remarkable triumph in the Champions League last season. Despite several of his players dominating the talks surrounding football's most prestigious individual prize, Tuchel has refused to buy into the hype.

The Chelsea boss feels football is a team game and admits he isn't a big fan of such individual awards. Tuchel went on to state that he is still unaware of the five Chelsea players who have been nominated for the Ballon d'Or this year.

Speaking to reporters at the pre-match press conference, the Chelsea manager stated:

“Do you believe me if I told you I don’t even know who it is on the list?
I’m not into these individual awards."I believe that this is a team effort and what we did last season, that [helped] these players on the list, was a team effort. We were more than just single players, we were a team, a group of friends almost and it felt like we were a strong club.

"That gave us the possibility to reach the final and to win it. This gave us the opportunity to have some players on the famous list of 30 names. Super happy when there are five names from us because it shows that they are valued and that the guys did a good job."

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