PICTURE: Swansea City manager depicted as Harry Potter - why?

Swansea Liberty Stadium

Swansea City boss Garry Monk has been praised for leading the Swans to three wins from three games so far - but today's plaudit was slightly strange.

Whilst the 2-1 opening day win over Manchester United was a shock, Swansea have built on that stunning victory by beating Burnley and West Bromwich Albion at home to take nine points from their first three games. They sit second behind Chelsea in the current Premier League table, but could overtake the Blues this weekend when the two teams meet at Stamford Bridge.

Manager Garry Monk has received plaudits for the way his side have played so far this season, and today he was depicted as Harry Potter by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

That may seem slightly bizarre, but the context is thus; they believe that Monk is a managerial wizard in the making, hence the Potter comparison. 

Monk appears on the front page alongside Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt, Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol and Vitoria Guimaraes manager Rui Vitoria, with the accompanying text.

"These coaches are the surprise of the season so far. They are beginners who start to work directly in the top division, without much experience. They lead the leagues in England, France, Germany and Portugal. Although, they don't have the chance of being the winner eventually."

Monk may have preferred a comparison to a top manager like Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti or Jurgen Klopp, but for now he has to settle with the fictional magician.

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