Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been named October’s Barclays Manager of the Month while Eden Hazard has been named the EA Sports Player of the Month for October.
Conte, who oversaw a tremendous run of form from his side in which they took maximum points throughout the month without conceding a goal, saw off competition from Stoke City’s Mark Hughes, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.
On his part, Hazard’s brilliant form last month, which included goals in Chelsea’s impressive victories against Leicester City, Manchester United and Southampton, earned him the Premier League’s monthly player prize for the first time.
The Belgian star finished ahead of Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, Stoke City’s Joe Allen, Manchester City’s Ikay Gundogan, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and team-mates N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa.
Conte, who was named Serie A Coach of the Year three consecutive times during his spell at Juventus, was delighted to pick up his first individual accolade in England, and dedicated the award to his team.
“This is the first time I’ve won the award, it’s a great honour and I want to share it with my players and the club,” Conte told the official Chelsea website.
“It’s now important we continue and maintain our form. After an international break it’s not easy to restart but we must follow our way and work very hard.“Our next game is against Middlesbrough on Sunday, we know they are really strong and it will be a tough game, but we have prepared very well,” he said.
And in his reaction, Hazard said:”We played a very good month. I scored a lot of goals and all the team played well. We scored a lot of goals and we didn’t concede a goal. I’m the best player this month but the most important thing is at the end to win the league and to do that we have a lot of things to do from now until then.”