Chelsea's Conte named Manager of the Year: LMA

Paddy Power said in a statement on Monday: "We replied to a novelty request for odds on John Terry's substitution - one of hundreds on the Chelsea game - and fair play to the three punters who were on at odds of 100-1".

Eden Hazard has claimed that the key to Chelsea's success this season has been their hard work under Antonio Conte.

Welbeck missed the FA Cup final in 2015 through injury as Arsenal won the competition for the second time in as many years but the England worldwide is looking ahead to Saturday's showdown against the newly crowned Premier League champions. They are on 93 points, which is the second highest total ever in Premier League history.

Winning a trophy for the first time in his career since joining Chelsea, the Nigeria global was at his usual best as Chelsea rounded off the league season in style; defeating already relegated Sunderland 5-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Italian Manager was rewarded for his efforts after he fetched his side Chelsea the Premier League title this season.

'If you ask me who you think the favourites are now, I think it's Arsenal, ' he said recently. "I hope to continue in the best way", he added after receiving the award from former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Chelsea ended their season with a 5-1 win over Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, and emotionally waved goodbye to long-time club captain John Terry - who brought his 22-year spell with the club to an end.

The Italian is only the third foreign victor of the prestigious award after Claudio Ranieri picked up last year's prize and Arsene Wenger, who won the accolade in 2002 and 2004.

Conte won the Premier League in his first attempt and leads the Blues back into the UEFA Champions League after a year's absence.

The impression that the whole match had been subjugated to an ego-trip for a departing legend was reinforced by the revelation that the stunt was cooked up in advance with the collusion of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and, unpalatably to some, Sunderland manager David Moyes.

The club said black armbands would be worn by the players in Saturday's final against Arsenal and that a donation would be made to a fund supporting the victims.

  • Julie Sanders