Chelsea have been crowned champions for the sixth time in their history.
Antonio Conte’s side have won the Premier League with two games to spare after a late goal by Michy Batshuayi secured the title with a 1-0 win over West Brom.
The £33million striker has endured a frustrating season, spent largely on the bench. But he came to Chelsea’s rescue on 81 minutes – just five minutes after replacing Pedro as a substitute – and produced the all-important title-winning goal.
He follows in the footsteps of compatriot Carlo Ancelotti who guided the Blues to the feat seven years ago and Roberto Mancini, who led Manchester City to the crown in 2012.
Conte has been a huge success all season. He became the first manager in history to win three successive Manager of the Month awards as he scooped the prize in October, November and December.
His latest trophy triumph represents the seventh piece of silverware to be collected during Conte’s illustrious managerial career.
He arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer almost under the radar as Mourinho and fellow managerial heavyweight Pep Guardiola took charge of took charge of Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.
The Italian got off to a relatively troublesome start, winning just three of his opening six Premier League games.
Yet the 3-0 defeat by Arsenal last September was seemingly the turning point as Conte changed tactics to a 3-4-3 system and Chelsea haven’t looked back since.
It is understood that the Blues will wait to stage their celebratory open-top bus parade until May 28 – a day after they face Arsenal in the FA Cup Finalat Wembley.
By then Conte will be hoping to have secured a famous double in his debut season in England.
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