Chelsea's Conte named Premier League manager of the month
REUTERS - Chelsea's Antonio Conte was named Premier League manager of the month on Friday after leading the club to four consecutive wins in October.
Conte saw his side pick up just one point in September, but after a tactical switch to the former Italy manager's preferred 3-4-3 formation, the club scored 11 goals and kept four clean sheets in October.
"It's a great honour and I will share this with my players and the club," Conte told the Premier League's website (www.premierleague.com).
"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."
Chelsea's upturn in form has helped them climb to second in the table, a point behind leaders Liverpool after 11 games.
Chelsea travel to face 15th-placed Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.
The Italian becomes the sixth Chelsea manager to have ever picked up the award, following the likes of Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez.
The Premier League manager of the month award is picked on the basis of a combination of a panel of experts and public voting.
Conte is also the fifth Italian to win the award, with the previous five being Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo and Roberto Mancini – of whom Roberto di Matteo is the only one to not win the Premier League.
Chelsea have quickly become title favourites under Conte after a poor start, especially given the Italian’s record with Juventus and his skill at moulding a team that can last the entire campaign.
(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)