Chelsea won their fifth premier league title with a determined and resilient performance against a spirited Tony Pulis side that gave nothing away with their dogged defence. Chelsea’s breakthrough came in the 81st minute through an unlikely source Michy Batshuayi, whose last goal for Chelsea in the premier league came in August against Watford.
Chelsea announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as their manager in April after dismal campaign last season that saw them finished 10th in the league, helped settled/steadied the sinking Chelsea ship.
Conte’s man management and style of play was evident for all to see at the Euro16 where he took an average Italian side to the quarter finals of the competition.
Signing of N’golo Kante
Chelsea signing of N’golo Kante from Leicester City is the best piece of business of last summer. Kante’s work rate and defensive abilities made his teammates to nickname him “the rat” cause he’s ever present in the midfield to stifle the flow of the opposition with ease. Is no surprise, he’s the premier league player of the season.
The Beating At The Emirates
Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 in the first half at the Emirates stadium with a superb flow of football that signifies the end of era for players like Ivanovic, Terry, Oscar and Mikel. Conte switched to a back-three in the second half of that game and was able to contain Arsenal’s onslaught. Conte maintained the formation in the next game against Hull City in October 1, which they won 0-2 away from home and went on to build thirteen-match unbeaten run before losing to Tottenham Hotspur on January 4th.
Conte’s man management can’t be overemphasized and his touchline melodrama is a a beauty to watch this season. How he was able to manage John Terry (Captain, Leader and Legend) and how he handled Diego Costa transfer rumours in January is nothing short of Class even when there was reports about a bust up at Cobham, Chelsea training ground, he defused the situation and managed the ego of these players with touch of class.
Even earlier in the season, when Fabregas wasn’t getting enough, Conte made it clear that he’s integral member of his squad and today, Fabregas is a go-to guy for Chelsea when they face mean defensive opponent like Westbrom.
Chelsea’s Road to Champions
15 Aug Chelsea 2–1 West Ham
20 Aug Watford 1–2 Chelsea
27 Aug Chelsea 3–0 Burnley
11 Sept Swansea 2–2 Chelsea
16 Sept Chelsea 1–2 Liverpool
24 Sept Arsenal 3–0 Chelsea
1 Oct Hull 0–2 Chelsea
15 Oct Chelsea 3–0 Leicester City
23 Oct Chelsea 4–0 Manchester Utd
30 Oct Southampton 0–2 Chelsea
5 Nov Chelsea 5–0 Everton
20 Nov Middlesbrough 0–1 Chelsea
26 Nov Chelsea 2–1 Tottenham
3 Dec Manchester City 1–3 Chelsea
11 Dec Chelsea 1–0 West Brom
14 Dec Sunderland 0–1 Chelsea
17 Dec Crystal Palace 0–1 Chelsea
26 Dec Chelsea 3–0 Bournemouth
31 Dec Chelsea 4–2 Stoke
4 Jan Tottenham 2–0 Chelsea
14 Jan Leicester 0–3 Chelsea
22 Jan Chelsea 2–0 Hull
31 Jan Liverpool 1–1 Chelsea
4 Feb Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal
12 Feb Burnley 1–1 Chelsea
25 Feb Chelsea 3–1 Swansea
6 Mar West Ham 1–2 Chelsea
18 Mar Stoke 1–2 Chelsea
1 Apr Chelsea 1–2 Crystal Palace
5 Apr Chelsea 2–1 Manchester City
9 Apr Bournemouth 1–3 Chelsea
16 Apr Manchester Utd 2–0 Chelsea
25 Apr Chelsea 4–2 Southampton
30 Apr Everton 0–3 Chelsea
8 May Chelsea 3–0 Middlesbrough
12 May West Brom 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea have two games left to play against Watford and already relegated Sunderland.
Congratulations Chelsea FC.
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