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. 

Michy Batshuayi scored the most important of the season.


Early Appointment Of Conte. 

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 Effect  

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 

2016:



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


2017:


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. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Dailymail uk/PA. 

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