Antonio Conte grateful Chelsea players embraced his methods

Antonio Conte lauded John Terry for putting Chelsea ahead of himself as the captain prepares for his final appearance at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea could finish the season with a league and a cup double as they have also reached the FA Cup final, where they will face Arsenal on 27th May.

According to the Daily Mail, Boro chairman Steve Gibson is said to be confident that his nephew will stay with the club in order to lead them back to the Premier League after they suffered an immediate return to the Championship.

Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT's predicted Xi in squad number order. I want to say thanks to my players because every single manager can have a good idea of football. I must take my time to find the best decision for him. Conte has used substitutes brilliantly, often bringing on Cesc Fabregas and Willian to close out games, and has been fearless enough to drop John Terry, Costa and Eden Hazard.

"In the main, Chelsea have been worthy champions - but I think in the early part of the season, there were a few questions being asked".

Chelsea secured this season's Premier League crown with a 1-0 victory over West Brom on May 12 after leading the table for much of the season.

Speaking to the media at Cobham (Chelsea's training ground), the 47-year-old declared, "On Sunday we have two targets, to try to win the 30 games in this league, which would be an unbelievable target for us, and to help Thibaut to win the Golden Glove".

"I think diving is not the most important thing to improve".

Hazard has returned to his best form under Conte, scoring 15 Premier League goals this campaign, and is determined to finish a fantastic season in style.

"Gary is our vice-captain this season and put the armband on every time John didn't play".

Conte, though, has backed Terry to make the move into management once his playing career ends. I think on Sunday we will see what happens. Next season we have to play in the Champions League again and we start the season as champions, so for sure it will be a hard season.

Chelsea won the league title this season as Antonio Conte had a tremendous effect on the blues.

"If you feel this, it's right to continue to play, to continue your career".

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.

Sunderland are without 11 senior players through injury as they bring the curtain down on a season to forget.

"First we will focus on finishing the league and achieving our targets", he said.

"We must have a winning mentality".

  • Julie Sanders


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