How Chelsea became Premier League Champions again

Ross Houston
May 15, 2017

A brilliant statement from Conte - and one that should make Chelsea fans even more delighted after last night's win.

I think the key to this success has been simply how hard they work on a range of areas, but perhaps most importantly their shape.

In goal, Chelsea will nearly certainly lose Asmir Begovic, who wants first-team football as soon as possible as he has grown disillusioned with his inability to challenge Thibaut Courtois for the No.1 jersey.

The former of which has reportedly been subject to huge interest in China that resulted in a training ground bust-up with Conte back in January.

Virgil van Dijk, Kalidou Koulibaly, Kostas Manolas, Antonio Rudiger and Aymeric Laporte are on Chelsea's radar as they aim for six quality players to choose from for their three-man defence. "For this I want to thank my players because they trusted in new work and a new philosophy".

Furthermore, there could still be more joy for Conte to saviour as he will set his sights on claiming a league and cup double in his first season in English football when they face London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final later this month. Hazard was the star man that day, while there were influential performances from Costa and midfield enforcer N'Golo Kante, who knows how to win the title.

It would not be wrong to say that Chelsea deserved to lift the title this season. Consistently we've been the best in the league and we deserve it.

Conte: "I think we started to do our work".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will be staying at Stamford Bridge next season, despite interest from Inter Milan.

The Italian giants will offer the Premier League title-winning boss a £20million-a-year deal to become the best-paid boss on the planet alongside Manchester City's Pep Guardiola.

On Friday, with the score at 0-0 late in the first half, Hazard was the one chasing back as Leicester mounted a counterattack from a Chelsea corner to force a 2-on-1 situation near the area.

On the other flank, Pedro put a disappointing debut season behind him as he answered his critics with eight goals and eight assists, while Diego Costa got off to a fast start to the season and has 20 league goals to his name.

Chelsea club captain John Terry, who will leave this summer after 22 years, will also be expected to appear in the final two home games. The revitalised Blues have repaid their manager with a relentless march to the title and Conte can now reflect on how far he has come in such a short time. There's no point bringing in players who aren't better than the ones they have got, so you have to be talking top-class, but you can't win the Champions League without the type of player who can make a difference.

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