Chelsea's Premier League title triumph in numbers

Beth Cruz
May 14, 2017

On Friday night, Chelsea secured the 2016/17 Premier League title with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns - substitute striker Michy Batshuayi emerging as the unlikely hero with a winning goal from the bench.

Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says he is proud to pass the Premier League torch to a fellow countryman as Chelsea's Antonio Conte became the fourth Italian to win the title.

It capped a remarkable campaign under Conte, who has revived the West Londoners after their 10th-place finish in England's top flight 12 months ago.

Two years after Mourinho led Chelsea to the title, Conte has stitched the London club back together after dressing-room unity unravelled under Mourinho during a horrendous title defence last season.

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. "It's a great team with great players, but they could make one or two big signings for the Champions League".

Conte's side face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on 27 May.

Chelsea started the match positively and moved freely in the West Bromwich end, but failed to trouble home goalkeeper Ben Foster in the early going. He changed their shape and they've been superb from that moment onwards.

"People have written us off as a team and individually and this has shut them up".

"You have to cherish these moments, you work so hard all season to be where we are". "For this I want to thank my players because they trusted in new work and a new philosophy. I'm very happy for him because to score a very important goal is great".

Conte apologised after arriving late to his post-match news conference, explaining his players had showered him with beer and champagne and that "my suit is a disaster". A quite fortunate development then, as Michy would go on to make his impact felt on a couple occasions late in the season.

Conte said the drubbing by Arsenal, a game in which he switched to a three-at-the-back system midway through when his side trailed 3-0, was a turning point. Would I say he was going to be a Premier League victor when I saw him? No. My players were fantastic in a club who supported us. They showed me a great attitude to try to do something great this season.

"There is a case for mentioning all their players but I've got to pick out Cesar Azpilicueta, who has played every minute of every league game and turned in an eight or nine out of 10 performance every time".

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