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Thibaut Courtois revels in another title

Chelsea FC Eden Hazard and Diego Costa have both been central to Chelsea’s Premier League title success
Theresa Hayes | 18 May, 2017, 10:23

The Italian guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his debut campaign, after a 1-0 win against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday night.

But not to win it in his first season, upstaging the likes of Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) Jurgen Klopp (Liveprool) and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) in the process.

The club captain has said potential goodbyes before, but there will be no fourth successive one-year contract extension this summer.

Michy Batshuayi's 82nd minute victor after coming off the bench was the latest example of Conte's remarkable impact since the Italian took charge a year ago. "Obviously, a year ago we had a lot of critics, a lot of laughter at us". There was a lot of laughter towards us.

"He scrapped it and went back to what he knew best". The formation may not be a huge reason for Tottenham's success this season, as they have quality players and a good manager, but it is no coincidence that Tottenham have had a lot of success this season while using Conte's system.

If they achieve that feat it will be the club's first double since the 2009-10 season under Conte's compatriot Ancelotti. Some of the criticism was deserved and some was not.

The visit of Watford may also offer a chance for some of Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina to show Conte there is no need for swathes of new recruits for next season's return to the Champions League. Sometimes we play well, but concede a goal and then it's hard to get back in the game.

The Italian said he and his squad had only "started to do our work".

Chelsea fans are already on a high from winning the Premier League title, and now it seems they've another thing to celebrate, as manager Antonio Conte has confirmed he will be staying at the club. "Every team, even if they win, will try to improve and I'm sure that Chelsea will try to do that". I think if you can continue with these players, you can improve a lot.

Our work is not done there, however, we could really make this a season to remember.

'They said we didn't want to play any more, they said we were lazy, that kind of stuff, and it's not true.

Chelsea could add another piece of silverware this month when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.

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