The competition’s star performers are to be recognised from the round of 16 onwards by UEFA’s technical observers, who include Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martínez.
UEFA will give out an official Man of the Match award after every UEFA Champions League knockout stage game to recognise the top performers in Europe’s top club competition.
UEFA Technical Observers at each UEFA Champions League game from the round of 16 onwards will decide who deserves the Man of the Match, with an official award being handed to the successful players after full-time in recognition of their roles in decisive moments, tactical maturity, creativity and inspiration, exceptional skill and fair play, UEFA has stated in a report on its official website.
UEFA’s Technical Observers for the round of 16 are a host of top former players who have shone at the highest levels in European competition. They are:
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper; made over 600 appearances for Celtic (1978–98).
Ex-AC Milan, Atlético and Romania right-back; coached Romania (2017–19).
Athletic Club and Real Madrid central defender; more recently a coach in England.
The Republic of Ireland’s most-capped player (146 appearances) and international top scorer (68 goals).
Current Belgium coach; successful in England with Swansea, Wigan and Everton.
Highly-regarded Spanish youth team coach; led La Roja to U17 and U19 successes.
Ex-Manchester United and England defender/midfielder; current England women’s boss.
Austrian coaching expert; current sporting director of the Israel national team.
England manager since 2016; England defender/midfielder from 1995–2004.