Chelsea clinch Premier League title, completing Antonio Conte's masterful turnaround
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 11:25
Lampard, however, says fans should not forget their dismal title defence under Jose Mourinho last season and expects Chelsea's title rivals to put up a stronger fight in 2017-2018.
Hiddink was brought in as caretaker boss for a second time, steadying the team to a 10th-placed finish before owner Roman Abramovich turned to Conte.
Goals scored - With two games remaining, the Blues have already netted 17 more Premier League goals than last season.
Although previous year Italian papers might have shown much more enthusiasm for Ranieri's win, they have been quick to praise Conte for doing the having an instant impact in the Premier League and establishing an Italian dominance in England.
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.
Does Conte have staying power, or will he be axed before the end of 2017/18?
"It has been a few years since Chelsea have won it and I missed on one in the last minute, so a lot of players are hungry to win that as well". Courtois added: "Obviously the impression in the beginning with Antonio was that we were all going to do a lot of work, a lot of video meetings, and a lot of the things that a football player doesn't like too much".
Diego Costa and David Luiz barged into Antonio Conte's post-match presser to return him to Chelsea's title celebration.
Conte's players were tuned in to such an extent that they seized control of the title race by equalling a single-season top-flight record with 13 successive victories. "We have to improve in the next season, to find the right solution to improve", he said. "The togetherness we've shown from day one, to come back and regroup after defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool and to then go on that winning streak was phenomenal". "I want to thank the club because they had faith in me and to repay the club is very important". We have the same ambition.
Captain John Terry has now won five Premier League titles and Lampard believes he will be a huge loss for the dressing room when he departs at the end of the season.