Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chelsea enjoy double title delight as Under-18s crowned Premier League champions


Conte was dragged out of his post-match media conference by celebrating players David Luiz and Diego Costa, but not before pinpointing the key moment in his side's season.

"I thank them for their commitment and work-rate". "It was the key moment for us because every single player found in this system the best for them".

Although Ancelotti praised Conte for his role in the club's success, and for introducing the hugely successful 3-5-2 formation that provided the bedrock to Chelsea's upturn in form, he pointed out that the Italian initially needed some time to settle. When you arrive after a bad season and the team has arrived at 10th in the league it means there are a lot of problems.

"This is a great achievement for the players", Conte told Sky Sports in a pitch-side interview after breaking away from his players' jubilant celebrations. They showed me a great attitude to try to do something great this season.

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.

Lampard was quick to point out that while several Chelsea players have had great campaigns, Conte is the architect of the team's success. "We won this title together".

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"If he's going to leave, this is the year to do it, " Lampard said.

"I think Chelsea will back him in the summer as he needs that support", he added.

"Everybody is happy. It's great to take the trophy". Then, all of a sudden, it started to turn, with Pep starting to look a bit more ruffled while Conte looked like a genius.

Conte has restored Chelsea to the winners' circle by rebuilding from the chaotic end of Jose Mourinho's second reign.

Furthermore, there could still be more joy for Conte to saviour as he will set his sights on claiming a league and cup double in his first season in English football when they face London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final later this month. But with eight minutes remaining, Chelsea finally struck as Azpilicueta broke into the West Brom box and crossed from the right for Batshuayi to force home from close range.

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