UEFA make new addition ahead of Champions League second round ties

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Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the second round of the Champions League next week Tuesday, and ahead of the upcoming round of 16 games, UEFA have introduced official man-of-the-match awards for each Champions League knockout game from round-of-16 onwards in a bid to recognise the standout performers in Europe’s elite club competition.

The European football governing body has appointed a team of technical observers that will keep tabs and monitor various parameters of the players in each game and after each match an official award will be handed out to the best player on the night.

The man of the match award will be decided based on the following parameters: decisive moments, tactical maturity, creativity, exceptional skill, creativity and fair play in their respective roles.

As revealed by UEFA, check out the technical observers that will handle this role

1. Packie Bonner

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper; made over 600 appearances for Celtic (1978–98).

2. Cosmin Contra

Ex-AC Milan, Atlético and Romania right-back; coached Romania (2017–19).

3. Aitor Karanka

Former Athletic Club and Real Madrid central defender; more recently a coach in England.

4. Robbie Keane

The Republic of Ireland’s most-capped player (146 appearances) and international top scorer (68 goals).

5. Roberto Martínez

Current Belgium coach; successful in England with Swansea, Wigan and Everton.

6. Ginés Meléndez

Highly-regarded Spanish youth team coach; led La Roja to U17 and U19 successes.

7. Phil Neville

Ex-Manchester United and England defender/midfielder; current England women’s boss.

8. Willi Ruttensteiner

Austrian coaching expert; current sporting director of the Israel national team.

9. Gareth Southgate

England manager since 2016; England defender/midfielder from 1995–2004.

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