Guardiola selectsFabregas as his Euro midfielder of the year
Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola chose Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas as his European midfielder of the season for the UEFA Club Football Awards 2010.
The Barca boss, barred from selecting players from his own side, chose the Spaniard ahead of the likes of Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and eventual midfield winner Wesley Sneijder. Guardiola also picked Gunners goalkeeper Manuel Almunia as his second-choice stopper behind Inter Milan’s JÃƒÂºlio Cesar.
The coaches from the 16 clubs that participated in the knockout stage of last season’s Champions League, including Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti and Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson, were asked to select their top players in each category.
Lionel Messi’s four-goal haul against Arsene Wenger’s Gunners side in the second leg of their quarter-final clash with Barcelona clearly made an impression on Arsenal boss – the Frenchman voted the Argentine as his forward of the year.
Elsewhere, United boss Ferguson selected Petr Cech as his top goalkeeper and Inter Milan’s Diego Milito as his number one forward. Ancelotti, meanwhile, rated Sneijder as his top midfielder and Walter Samuel as his No1 defender.
The final awards saw an Inter Milan clean sweep as JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Maicon, Wesley Sneijder and Diego Milito were named as players of the season in their respective positions.
European managers’ first-choice players for the UEFA Club Football Awards 2010 in order of playing position – Voting Results
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Lucio, Xavi, Messi
Josep Guardiola (Barcelona): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Maicon,Fabregas, Milito
Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Samuel, Sneijder, Milito
Louis van Gaal (Bayern Munich): Van der Sar, Pique, Sneijder, Milito
Laurent Blanc (Bordeaux): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Maicon, Xavi, Milito
Leonid Slutsky (CSKA Moscow): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Maicon, Robben, Milito
Cesare Prandelli (Fiorentina): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Milito
Claude Puel (Lyons): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Lucio, Iniesta, Milito
Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United): Cech, Samuel, Xavi, Milito
Leonardo (AC Milan): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Maicon, Cambiasso, Messi
Bozidar Bandovic (Olympiacos): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Lucio, Robben, Messi
Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan): Lloris, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Robben
Manuel Pellegrini (Real Madrid): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Pique, Sneijder, Milito
Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira (Porto): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Maicon, Xavi, Milito
Manuel Jimenez (Sevilla): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Pique, Xavi, Milito
Christian Gross (Stuttgart): JÃƒÂºlio Cesar, Maicon, Cambiasso, Milito