Title in the bag, Conte sets sights on double

Doug Mendoza
May 13, 2017

And so when the moment that had for so long seemed inevitable finally arrived and Chelsea resumed their seat upon the Premier League champions' throne, secured with a hard-fought 1-0 win at West Brom, even the most cynical of observers were moved to nod their head in appreciation of a job well done by Conte.

One of the odd beauties of Chelsea's title triumph has been its inevitability.

West Brom did have a half-chance in the opening seconds, but it's been all Chelsea probing since with a few counters from the home side. But they badly underperformed last season, finishing in 10th place and with their top players - Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, and Cesc Fabregas among them - lacking motivation and seemingly going through the motions.

The 1-0 scoreline represents how cagey a game it was, but like they have done on countless occasions this season, Chelsea found a way to leave with all three points. As the minutes counted down, chants - from supporters on both sides - filled the area.

But since making his "second" debut for the club, also against Liverpool in September when Chelsea lost 2-1 at home during a time of teething problems, Luiz has largely concentrated on the unglamorous arts of covering, marking and, when necessary, kicking the ball into Row Z.

Inter, who sacked manager Stefano Pioli this week, are also trying to bring back Gabriele Oriali, a former player and sporting director, who worked closely with Conte when he was in charge of the Italy team. Customers don't need much excuse to make the most of the pub on a Friday, but this match gives licensees a chance to have that extra bit of appeal at the start of the weekend.

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Conte, an Italian who in the past led Juventus to three successive Serie A titles, is only the fourth manager to win the Premier League title at the first attempt. Every game I feel like I have played with them. Their openness to his coaching style is something he deeply appreciated.

The Chelsea manager said: "This achievement is a good achievement for my players - I have to say thanks for their commitment and work rate".

"When you have these types of changes it's not easy". Evans then got away with a clear handball just outside the box while James McClean should be off after at least two identical yellow card-worthy challenges (was only given a card for the first one). "They showed great attitude and patience and will and desire to do something great".

Awww. Hopefully, this love will help keep the team together. Chelsea has a match with Watford on May 15 and the season closer with Sunderland on May 21.

Before the game, legendary left-back Derek Statham presented Ben Foster with two player of the seasonn awards and he proved why straight after half-time, fingertipping Victor Moses' deflected squirt around the far post. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois sprinted over to join in the big huddle. HollywoodLifers, are you happy that they won the Premier League title?

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