Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has been named Premier League manager of the month for December, making him the first manager in Premier League history to get the award three times in a row.
The Italian boss who also won the award in October and November, led Chelsea to six straight wins over the month to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Speaking on the award, Conte said; “This award shows we’re working very well, December was a great month for us. It was important for the table and for our confidence.”
To mark the occasion, the Chelsea boss posed with the award and 10 of his backroom staff, including his brother Gianluca and former goalkeepers Carlo Cudicini and Henrique Hilario.
Chelsea began December with an impressive and potentially significant 3-1 win at Manchester City, as Willian, Diego Costa, and Eden Hazard found the net, while Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off for the home side.
Successive 1-0 victories then followed over West Brom, Sunderland, and Crystal Palace, before a 3-0 Boxing Day win over Bournemouth.
Antonio Conte’s side wrapped up 2016 with a 4-2 defeat of Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, a result which put them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Despite their stunning end to the year, 2017 got off to a disappointing start for the Blues as their unbeaten winning streak came to an end against Tottenham, with a 2-0 defeat, on January 4, at White Hart Lane.
They, however, remain top of the Premier League and five points clear ahead of this weekend’s trip to champions Leicester.
Meanwhile, the Player of the Month award went to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede scored five goals for Manchester United last month as they dragged themselves back into the title race.
Ibrahimovic found the net in the draw with Everton before scoring the winner at Crystal Palace. He added another two to see off West Brom before a Boxing Day strike in the victory over Sunderland.
The striker missed the midweek EFL Cup success over Hull but is set to return against Liverpool this weekend as United look to make it 10 wins on the spin in all competitions.