English Premiership

Pep wins record fourth Manager of the Month award

2018-01-12 14:20
Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has won a record fourth consecutive English Premiership Manager of the Month award for December  while Harry Kane was named as the Player of the Month.

Guardiola made English Premiership history by becoming the first manager to win the award on four consecutive occasions after his table-topping side won seven games in December.

City also currently hold a massive 15 point lead over their closest title challengers Manchester United in the race to be crowned champions.

Harry Kane was named as the Player of the Month equalling the record set by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard when scooping the award for a sixth time.

The 24-year-old scored eight goals in six December matches including back-to-back hat-tricks against Burnley and Southampton to set a record of 39 league goals in a calendar year.

"It's amazing, very proud of that,"Kane said of matching Gerrard. "I'd probably say my favourite goal was the one that broke the [calendar year] record against Southampton, he added.

"Obviously there's a lot of talk before the game about whether I'd do it or not so to get that goal early on in the game as well, it was a great achievement."

The Goal of the Month was award to Bournemouth striker Jermaine Defoe's stunning volley against Crystal Palace that earned his side a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.

"It was instinctive and to be honest I don't know why I shot from there," he said. "I had a little glimpse of the goalkeeper just out of position and I wanted to direct it back across goal.

"Sometimes you try things and they come off. I was surprised myself. It's up there as one of my best goals."

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