After title, Chelsea boss Conte sets sights on FA Cup glory

Hazel Gray
May 29, 2017

But their title defence last season was a shambolic affair which led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho, a 10th-place finish, and the eventual hiring of Antonio Conte to revitalise the club.

Jody Morris's side completed a historic treble having already been crowned as Southern Champions of the Professional Development League as well as beating Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup Final. It will be very tough to compete but we feel we can be strong next season, not just in the Premier League but the Champions League as well.

Yet there were moments back in the autumn when things looked in danger of unravelling as defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal threatened to undermine a bright start to the season.

The Belgium striker came off the bench to score the decisive goal in Friday's 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, which confirmed Chelsea as champions.

"I don't think that Pep had really the out and out quality of what he wanted to do".

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"They're an unbelievable team and you can only see them getting stronger".

Conte, 46, lifted Chelsea from the depth of despair to an impressive Premier League title with victory over West Brom Friday, becoming only the fourth manager to win the league in his debut campaign. When you put a lot of enthusiasm and passion and hours into your work, a lot of time not sleeping for your work, it's right to celebrate and enjoy a moment like this.

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. It is the Blues' fifth Premier League title in 13 seasons.

Normal service was resumed this term, though, as Chelsea stormed to a second top-flight crown in three years by holding off Tottenham Hotspur, which Courtois says was the best way to respond to the club's critics. These goals were very important for him and for us. "For this reason we try to keep the best players".

Batshuayi, the understudy to Costa, had only been on the pitch for seven minutes when he scored the winning goal - his first in the league since August. Many thought Chelsea had done well to sell Luiz for £50mn in 2014, particularly after his poor showing at a home World Cup. "A lot of players are hungry to win that as well".

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