Following another month without defeat as Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has been rewarded with the Premier League Manager of the Month award for March.
It is the first time the German has won the prize after being nominated alongside Brighton boss Graham Potter, Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City and Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
On receiving the award, Tuchel praised the collective effort at Cobham and cited the players as key to our recent upturn in form.
‘I am really happy to have received this award and I believe it is a great achievement for everybody at the club who is involved in putting the team together to play each week,’ said the Chelsea head coach.
‘The award would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hard work of all my coaching staff and the wider support team who all push the team in the same direction, to achieve success.
‘Lastly, I want to acknowledge the hard work of the players who have given me their maximum efforts and commitment since I arrived and we hope we can keep this strong run going until the very end of the season.’
In March the Blues climbed back into the Premier League’s top four and established a slender cushion over the chasing pack. It kicked off with a big performance at Anfield, our first victory there since November 2014 sealed by Mason Mount’s stunner and a characteristically resilient clean sheet.
Four days later, we beat fellow Merseyside opposition Everton at Stamford Bridge to secure back-to-back wins against rivals for the Champions League qualification places. Tuchel also saw his side keep a clean sheet away at Leeds, with the Blues leaving Elland Road with a share of the spoils.
Albeit not under consideration for this award, Chelsea rounded off a magnificent March with progress in the Champions League and FA Cup, defeating Atletico Madrid and Sheffield United respectively, and resulting in not a single goal breaching our net throughout the month.
Tuchel’s start of 14 matches unbeaten is the longest such run of any manager in the club’s history and the Blues will also be going for another club record this weekend as we bid to record an eighth successive clean sheet in all competitions.
West Brom stand in the way of that particular landmark in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.