💫 CL Awards: Mbappé magic, Haaland outshone and furious Klopp

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Lewis Ambrose

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The Champions League returned in style this week with some terrific quarter-final action.

And with it comes our midweek awards.


The All Good Things Award

At long last, Bayern have been beaten in a Champions League game, bringing an end to an extremely impressive run.


The Summer Holiday Award

Trent Alexander-Arnold responded to his critics with a fine performance at the weekend. And then gave them plenty more ammunition in Madrid. He can book his summer holidays now, he won’t be heading to the Euros.


The What More Can I Do Award

Against PSG, Joshua Kimmich created 10 chances, which was the most in a Champions League quarter-final game (or further in the competition) since Mesut Özil a decade ago. Oh to have had Robert Lewandowski on the end of them …


The Best Young Player Award

All the talk was about Erling Haaland ahead of Tuesday, but he wasn’t the best young player in his team (props to Jude Bellingham) or on the pitch. Phil Foden’s match-winner crowned a sublime performance.


The Award for Best Ref Rant

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“I have to say what the referee did tonight I don’t understand. For me that was something personal, because he dealt with the situation with Sadio, which is a clear foul, like it was a dive or something.

“And from that moment whenever Sadio went down, he couldn’t get anything anymore. That’s just not right.

“That’s what I told him after the game, that I just thought he was unfair with Sadio, and that’s how it is.”


The Record Breaker Award

Mason Mount carved a place in Chelsea history with his goal in Porto, becoming their youngest ever scorer in this competition in the knockout phase.

And people thought he may be phased out under Thomas Tuchel!


The Award for Worst Ref Decision

The picture says it all.


The Unsung Hero Award

In a summer in which Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Thiago Silva all arrived, nobody thought a whole lot about the acquisition of goalkeeper Édouard Mendy.

He’s yet to concede in this competition from open play, has seven Champions League clean sheets (the most in a single campaign for a Chelsea keeper) and since Thomas Tuchel took over, nobody in the top five leagues has kept more in all tournaments.


The Not Finished Yet Award

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We couldn’t sign off without honouring another outstanding away showing from Kylian Mbappé when it mattered most.

His eight goals are now the most for a Frenchman in a single CL campaign (level with David Trezeguet and Wissam Ben Yedder). And he’ll have opportunities to set a new benchmark …