Chelsea have one claim in UEFA Champions League squad of the season

Thibaut Coutois

Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois has been named in UEFA's Champions League squad of the season.

The club football season is now over and the final awards may just have been doled out.

UEFA's technical committee, chaired by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson, convened last week to decide among many things, their picks for the Champions League squad of the season.

18 players were picked, with no starting XI, of the very best players from across the Champions League knockout stages.

And in a blow for English clubs, not one Premier League star made the cut, despite all four teams making the knockout stages and Chelsea reaching the semi-finals.

The Blues do have one representative however, albeit one who played against them in the Champions League.

That would be loanee Thibaut Courtois, whose Atletico side KO'd Chelsea and ended up as runners-up in the tournament.

The full squad chosen is as follows: Courtois, Neuer; Godin, Lahm, Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos; Gabi, Iniesta, Kroos, Di Maria, Modric, Alonso; Reus, Diego Costa, Robben, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo.

The omission of Barcelona Lionel Messi emphasises what a below par season he has had by his standards.

It also spells out the high regard Courtois is held in around Europe, and just why he is unwilling to settle for a place on the bench at Chelsea next season.

 

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