Following a month in which Chelsea registered four wins from four to move top in the Premier League, Thomas Tuchel has been named Manager of the Month for October.
It is the second time our German boss has picked up the managerial award after his success in March earlier this year and comes on the back of a flawless period in which the Blues won every game and conceded just one goal.
Tuchel beat off competition from Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, David Moyes of West Ham and Crystal Palace’s new incumbent Patrick Vieira in a public vote.
As well as keeping more clean sheets and conceding fewer goals than any other side in the league, Tuchel’s men also registered a joint-high 14 goals scored in the month and our underlying numbers in terms of attacking proficiency, defensive reliability and game control all point to a team in top form.
However, the victories were not all straightforward, with the players having to battle for all three points away at Brentford and wait until the final six minutes before sealing a win against Southampton at the start of the month.
Triumphs over Norwich City and Newcastle United, with an aggregate score of 10-0, were more routine but owed much to the goals being shared throughout the side.
Defenders contributed to half of our Premier League strikes in October, with Tuchel’s clever use of the wing-backs in high and often infield positions clearly paying dividends.
The Chelsea head coach has also used his full squad sensibly throughout the month, rotating with different options when required and coping well without the services of some key personnel. Strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner missed half our league games through injury but still no other team in the Premier League scored more goals.
The award is not the first individual accolade collected by Tuchel this term after he was named UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year in August in recognition of our Champions League success.