Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard have been rewarded for Chelsea’s stunning form in October by scooping the Premier League manager and player of the month awards respectively.
Under the Italian tactician’s guidance, the Blues won all four of their top-flight games following a winless September. Among those results was the amazing 4-0 win over former manager Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side and the stunning 5-0 win over Everton, a victory which further boosted the Blues climb into the top four.
Former Italy boss Conte said: ‘It’s a great honour and I will share this with my players and the club. ‘It is the first time I work in another country with a different culture, and when you want to bring your own philosophy it is not easy, but now I am glad for this choice.’
The stunning form came after Conte adopted his familar 3-4-3 formation which brought 11 goals, four clean sheets and a maximum return of 12 points.
Conte becomes the sixth Chelsea manager to win the award after Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez.