Chelsea Clinches Title Marked by Dramatic Turnaround

  • Chelsea Clinches Title Marked by Dramatic Turnaround

Chelsea Clinches Title Marked by Dramatic Turnaround

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had the golden touch in his first season in the English Premier League, all the way through to the title-clinching game.

But Conte thought little about the opening, saying he and his team are focused only on securing the Premier League title by defeating West Brom on Friday.

"Some players didn't get many minutes but he [Batshuayi] took his chance and I am really happy for him".

Chelsea beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns thanks to a late strike from Batshuayi, his first league goal since 20th August, to claim the Premier League title for the Blues.

The ball stayed in play and was tracked down by Azpilicueta, who sent in a low cross that was met by a sliding Batshuayi, setting off wild celebrations on the Chelsea sideline and among the visiting supporters.

Lampard, Chelsea's record goalscorer, won his three titles alongside club captain John Terry - who will leave the club this summer after a 19-year career at Stamford Bridge.

Lineker wrote: "Congratulations to @ChelseaFC on becoming Premier League Champions". But he has shown the personality, tactical brilliance and sure touch to put them back at the top of the English game.

West Brom put up a stubborn defence, frustrating Chelsea's efforts, so Conte chose to take off Eden Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez and bring on Batshuayi, surprisingly, and Willian.

Chelsea could draw from their experience in the successful 2015 title race, Cahill said.

Chelsea scored 11 goals without reply in four league wins, the highlight being the 4-0 victory over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

Chelsea players dance in front of the jubilant travelling support after the final whistle. "We had to change and find a new suit for our team", he said. Football/soccer fans better tune in to see what happens.

He told reporters: "There are three points riding on it for them and us".

The Italian can now set his sights on emulating compatriot Carlo Ancelotti's 2010 feat of winning the league and domestic Double as the Blues prepare for an FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on 27 May.