Chelsea star reveals his Champions League ambitions

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

Conte wants to keep his best players and strengthen his squad ahead of next season's Champions League return, but there is fervent speculation over the future of striker Diego Costa, in particular.

The Italian Press is bursting with pride as Antonio Conte's Chelsea won the English Premier League soccer title.

After completing the Premier League triumph with last Friday's 1-0 win at West Brom, Conte faces another challenge in the final week of the league season - balancing sentiment with planning for the Wembley showdown.

"Obviously next year there is a new goal with the Champions League coming for us". "It will be a big target for us". You see this bond with the players. Any of them can do it.

"Now they know my idea, I know them, the characteristics of my players". Other leagues don't have these extra games, extra trophies and extra hard games.

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Conte's success, as has been well chronicled, can be traced back to his early Chelsea days and a 3-0 setback at Arsenal in September which had the bookies rating Chelsea's title chance at 25 to 1. In Spain, you go to other places, relegation teams, and it's not as hard. "When I chose to come back here I dreamed to win the Premier League". We managed to overcome the problems and I didn't want to go too deep into what were the problems. We've won the title but that doesn't mean that the team can not get better.

"Of course, these players are giving me a lot of satisfaction - they are giving everything and trying their best".

Meanwhile, Chelsea will bid for a record-breaking end to the season, beginning against Watford on Monday night.

In claiming the Premier League title at the first time of asking Conte matched the feat of Chelsea predecessors Jose Mourinho in 2004-05 and Carlo Ancelotti in 2009-10.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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