Chelsea are the champions! The Blues secured the Premier League title on Friday after substitute Michy Batshuayi’s 82nd-minute goal earned Antonio Conte’s side a hard-earned 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.
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The Belgian striker’s late goal at The Hawthorns took Chelsea 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only nine points left to play for. It is Chelsea’s second title win in three seasons, their sixth in total, and comes at the end of former Juventus and Italy coach Conte’s first season as manager.
Conte, who claimed three Serie A titles as Juventus coach, has restored the club to the winners’ circle by rebuilding from the chaotic end of Jose Mourinho’s second reign.
Two years after Mourinho led Chelsea to the title, Conte has stitched the London club back together after dressing-room unity unravelled under Mourinho during a horrendous title defence last season.
The Italian’s side finally broke through West Brom’s stubborn resistance with eight minutes remaining, and will now chase the double when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.
Chelsea were almost stunned inside 30 seconds as West Brom created the game’s first chance.