Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Thibaut Courtois: 'Chelsea had to respond to last season's critics'

Diego Costa messing around with a fire extinguisher YOUTUBE Diego Costa got among the celebrations as Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions
Lamar Ellis | 18 May, 2017, 10:34

The Dutchman, who led the side to a 10th-place finish, met with Conte at the end of that season. Victor Moses forced the best save of the night early in the second half, shortly before Albion had their most risky minutes.

"It will be a hard game against a fantastic team, so we need to be at a high level".

But Chelsea will also have to consider improving Conte's £6million-a-year contract to reward him for his remarkable first year, in which he could yet win the Premier League and FA Cup Double.

"This is a dream that is coming true, " said Conte, who has won four successive domestic championships after three with Juventus.

Arsenal were leading the division less than a week ago but a loss at Chelsea saw the Gunners miss out on the league title. He must think to give me a bit of chocolate cake to share.

"Having said all that, the fundamental issue remains the work of the coach".

Though huge interest has been reported in Conte ever since the Suning Group took over Inter Milan, speaking to the Mirror after the Blues' win on Friday, Conte confirmed he will stay in the English capital next season.

Having won the league in 2015, the Blues were humiliated a year ago as they stumbled to a mid-table finish - failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Roman Abramovich's ownership.

Both Chelsea and Tottenham boast three players each, with the league champions represented by Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante, the midfielder who has already been honoured this season after winning the PFA and Football Writers' Association player of the year award.

He did it again on Friday and once more his touch turned to gold with Belgian misfit Michy Batshuayi, a 76th-minute replacement for Pedro, scoring the goal six minutes later that meant Chelsea's title party could start in earnest.

"We work for [the fans]".

CHELSEA are the champions - but how have each of their players performed this season? I think if you can continue with these players, you can improve a lot. He is the boss, he has driven them from 10th previous year to make them champions and in the end it has been pretty comfortable.

"It would be nice if we got a result to go around the pitch and appreciate our own supporters after that game", added defender Gareth McAuley.

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