And they did it!
Chelsea secured its sixth Premier League title after a late goal in the game edged the Fulham-based team to a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
It was a different story for the Blues this time as Antonio Conte’s team marched on to win the league title after suffering in 10th place in season 2015-16. The victory against West Brom gave Chelsea a clear 10-point edge over Tottenham Hotspur and sealed the deal for the title race.
The winning goal came from substitute Michy Batshuayi in the 82nd minute. The Belgian striker fired a shot right in front of the goal mouth from a cross from Cezar Azpilicueta.
But it wasn’t an easy victory for Chelsea as West Brom seemed determined to prolong the Blues’ journey towards the title. Conte’s team saw early on that winning against West Brom would not be as easy as the victory they got from Middlesbrough.
Despite numerous shots on target from Cesc Fabregas and Pedro in the first half, West Brom’s goalkeeper Ben Foster’s heroics prevented the relentless Chelsea attack from netting a goal in the first 45 minutes of the match.
The Baggies had chances of their own with Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli’s attempts, however, Chelsea’s defense remained impenetrable.
The break for Chelsea arrived when Batshuayi, although only a second stringer for most of the season, showed what he was capable of and took the shot at the goal with only eight minutes left in the second half.
The title is Antonio Conte’s first for the Blues after inheriting the reins of the club when Jose Mourinho left. The former Juventus coach is the fourth manager to win a Premier League title on the first attempt, putting him with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini for Manchester City.
Chelsea may have won the title race but the club is determined to break more records. As Conte’s team face David Moyes’ Sunderland on Sunday, the Blues are looking to make it their 30th win in the season, a feat held by no other team in the league.
And a win against Arsenal in the FA Cup on May 27 will secure a double title for the Blues this season.
Spanish footballer Fabregas acknowledged that the road to the title race is not easy and that perhaps, the Premier League is the most challenging league of all in Europe.
“It feels great. Winning the Premier League trophy is something special, it gives you a special feeling,” Fabregas told The Mirror.
“Having played in Spain, watching a lot of football as I do, from Germany, France and Italy, this is the best league in the world. Maybe not the best players in the world, but it’s the most competitive and most difficult league to win,” said the 30-year old midfielder.
With that win, forecasts for next year’s champion are all the more incertain. Will Spurs continue its rise to the top? Do Arsenal and Manchester United have any chance of regaining their former glory? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!