Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chelsea wraps up Premier League title, sets sights on double

But with eight minutes remaining, Chelsea finally struck as Azpilicueta broke into the West Brom box and crossed from the right for Batshuayi to force home from close range.

In the end Chelsea owed it to misfit Batshuayi, a peripheral figure for most of the season, to win the match and the title with only his second league goal since joining the club.

Antonio Conte would be only the fourth manager to lift the Premier League trophy in his first season in England, emulating Jose Mourinho in 2004-05, Carlo Ancelotti in 2009-10 and Manuel Pellegrini in 2013-14.

The midfielder was a priority signing for Chelsea and swapped surprise champions Leicester for life outside the Champions League. We've had a turn-around at the club this season.

He said: "It wasn't easy for me to arrive in England and try a different language and also a lot of players after a bad season".

They will face rivals, Arsenal in the final at Wembley on May 27. "Before, we didn't have the right balance".

Conte is the only manager in the top flight this term to use all three permitted substitutes in every league game.

The Chelsea players could wait no longer to celebrate, having been made wait long enough for Michy Batshuayi's title-winning goal.

"I think the decision [to switch to three at the back] changed our season", Conte told Sky Sports. "It's a dream which is coming true", he added. "For sure, it's a dream".

There were celebrations after the final whistle on the pitch and in the dressing room. Lukaku has been linked with a return to Chelsea this summer.

"He likes to work - this is his secret", Luiz said of Conte.

Batshuayi was derided at times and had little opportunity, but Conte insisted he trusted the striker to have an impact. "My substitution was very good!" Even more impressively, he's won a league title in four straight seasons as club manager. The Blues imploded as seven months later the Portuguese was sacked for a second time. I think this league is very strong.

An improved contract offer is likely, especially as Inter Milan covet the former Juventus and Italy boss. "They have been absolutely brilliant and deserve this great moment".

"I found the strength to take the responsibility to change system, to find a new suit for these players", he said.

"And now, after this win, we must be happy and pleased for the whole season". He soon demonstrated his ability and was recognised by his peers as the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year, for his ceaseless energy and intelligence.

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: "We're doing our damnedest to make it a competitive game and a good game".

"People have written us off as a team and individually", Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said, "and this has shut them up".

"That would have been a travesty for this football club and this team, who have worked so hard all season".

"You don't need them getting that slice of luck". These goals were very important for him and for us.

"They showed great attitude and patience and will and desire to do something great. We would've like to have stopped that". Fair play to them.

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