After a good month of December for Chelsea, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has been nominated for the Manager of the Month for December.
Chelsea played seven league games in the month of December, and Sarri led the team to five wins, including a 2-0 win over Manchester City, while two of those games ended in defeats.
This is the third occasion on which Sarri has been shortlisted for the award, with earlier nominations in both August and October.
For this award, Sarri will be up against Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard also had a good December playing as a false nine for the team, and not only scoring goals but assisting goals as well.
Hazard has now been named on a seven-man shortlist for the Premier League Player of the Month for December.
He was directly involved in eight of the 10 goals we scored during December, scoring three and recording five assists.
Hazard will be up against Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-Min, Virgil van Dijk, Marcus Rashford and West Ham’s Felipe Anderson.
Hazard has been Chelsea’s best player this season, and Blues assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has revealed that the Belgium international will be rested for the FA Cup clash against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Zola said: “Eden has been fantastic in this period, he has played a lot of games and we are very demanding of him because he is such an influential player.
“So tomorrow I believe he might get a rest but we are in a situation where we don’t have many players, but the idea is to give him some rest.”
Zola also spoke about Cesc Fabregas who is expected to play his last game for the club against Forest.
Fabregas has been linked with a move to Monaco this January, and Saturday’s game is rumoured to be a farewell clash for the Spaniard.
Zola however revealed that he doesn’t know how that will pan out.
He said: “Cesc has always been a wonderful professional ever since I have been here. I don’t know to be honest. You are asking me a question I wish could answer. His contract runs out in six months and I don’t know how it is going to go but despite that, I know if he plays tomorrow he will as usual deliver a good performance.”