Monday, 20 November, 2017

Title in the bag, Conte sets sights on double

The Belgium international leads out in front as Cesar Azpilicueta Eden Hazard and Asmir Begovic walk close behind The Belgium international leads out in front as Cesar Azpilicueta Eden Hazard and Asmir Begovic walk close behind
Damon Campbell | 13 May, 2017, 09:45

Chelsea FootballClub were suffering late nerves as a dogged West Brom threatened to prolong the title race but Belgian global Batshuayi prodded home the victor after 82 minutes to spark manic celebrations from triumphant manager Antonio Conte. To go through a season with more than half a team being worthy of an 8/10 mark is a good starting point for any potential champions, and Chelsea have sailed toward meeting that criteria.

Chelsea matchwinner Michy Batshuayi took to Twitter to take aim at his detractors after victory over West Brom.

Chelsea round off their season with two home games against Watford on Monday and Sunderland next Sunday, when they will lift the Premier League trophy.

"Every opponent who goes there has a hard game". Transforming them from 10th to 1st, he is in line for manager of the year.

"At this stage it was important to win and exploit Tottenham's defeat", said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

The 24-year-old said this season's title triumph will be special due to their inconsistent 2015-16 campaign that saw them finish 10th.

"It's great, I'm pleased for him because we all know the difficulty he found in his first season".

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"At that moment we had a lot of pressure, but in that moment my players showed me great commitment, great focus, desire to overcome this moment and to try to win the league". Today we are very happy.

Chelsea players celebrate their title win. They have displayed power, strength, organisation and consistency, with moments of brilliance sprinkled like stardust by Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.

Antonio Conte's men can win the title before Spurs next play with victory at The Hawthorns on Friday night.

"I celebrated with my players which is normal after a great achievement like this". It's a remarkable turnaround for a club that finished 10th in the league last season in the worst-ever Premier League title defence.

"They're the best team in the land this year".

Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil all scored before the break to leave the visitors winless in three games and with an eight-point deficit to early leader Manchester City after only six matches.

Having seen Tottenham falter on Friday with defeat at West Ham, Chelsea set about taking advantage of the opportunity to extend its lead immediately. "They wet me after the celebrations with the fans, they poured champagne and beer over me so I had to change my clothes, my suit is a disaster now", said Conte in the post-match media conference. According to Opta, Leicester had 42.4% of possession last season, the third-lowest in the league, while Chelsea have had 54.2% this season, which is the sixth-highest.

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