Soccer-Leicester's Iheanacho, Chelsea's Tuchel bag Premier League March honours


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Sheffield United - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - March 14, 2021 Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring their first goal Pool via REUTERS/Molly Darlington

(Reuters) - Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho was named the Premier League player of the month for March while Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claimed the manager's award for the first time, the league announced on Friday.

Iheanacho scored five goals in three games last month, including a hat-trick in a 5-0 demolition of Sheffield United, as Leicester maintained their grip on third place and Champions League qualification.

"I'm so pleased and honoured to win this award," he told the club's website. "I'm really enjoying playing at the minute and hopefully I can push on and help the team to finish as high as possible this season."

Tuchel, who was appointed by Chelsea in January as Frank Lampard's replacement, is yet to lose a game. Since Tuchel took charge, Chelsea have climbed from eighth in the standings to fourth and sit five points behind Leicester.

The London club beat Liverpool at Anfield and Everton last month and did not concede a single goal in three games.

"I'm 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," Tuchel said.

"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."

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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