Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was one of eight big winners at the London Football Awards on Thursday evening, as he was named the Manager of the Year.
Conte has done a remarkable job at Stamford Bridge so far this season, guiding Chelsea to the Premier League summit following our disastrous campaign last term under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink. The Italian’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation has arguably been the highlight of his short career in west London, bamboozling our rivals.
One of the key players in that system also won an award on Thursday, as N’Golo Kante was named the Premier League Player of the Year. The 25-year-old was integral to Leicester City’s title triumph last season, and could lift the trophy again this term in what would be a stunning achievement.
Meanwhile a Chelsea legend found himself honoured on the night, as Frank Lampard won the Outstanding Contribution to London football award. After coming up through the youth ranks at London rivals West Ham United, the 38-year-old became the Blues’ all-time top goalscorer, before retiring last month.
Breaking Chelsea’s dominance on the night, Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli won the Young Player of the Year award, before Hugo Lloris was named the Goalkeeper of the Year.