Antonio Conte insists Chelsea can improve again next season - SkySports

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Striker Batshuayi was the unlikely hero as he scored the winning goal against West Bromwich Albion six minutes after stepping off the substitutes' bench.

Antonio Conte's Chelsea side are top of the Premier League table with 87 points from 36 games this season, coming off the back of four consecutive wins ahead of Monday's clash. That being said, the motivation might be low and perhaps the best performance might not be demonstrated by the players who will feel down.

"After the defeats early in the season, we started this incredible run and then we realised that we could win it this season".

Records in themselves mean little, ; there is no extra money or kudos on offer, yet what a statement that would be for Conte to make after only working "nine months together".

"We started the season not in the right way, with a lot of problems, but only through hard work did we find the right solutions and the right way".

Chelsea wrapped up the Premier League title on Friday at the Hawthorns.

"I think the club wants to fight to win every competition and we have the same ambition. For this reason, we try to keep the best players", said Conte.

Conte kept his composure during a post-match huddle with journalists on Friday night as Costa lurked menacingly, threatening to put a dampener on celebrations by jokingly brandishing a fire extinguisher. "This is Antonio's team, they are his players and when they have something to celebrate you can see that", the former Chelsea midfielder said.

Luiz monitored the time taken for questions and Costa held the fire extinguisher aloft in the direction of journalists.

"Conte has won the title with a fairly modest spend, compared to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City". The players will be in their second season and we saw that last season (2015-2016) they couldn't sustain it.

The shortlist is completed by current Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku of Everton and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

It would not be wrong to say that Chelsea deserved to lift the title this season.

Aware that the unhappiness of players like Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas had sowed the seeds of discontent at Chelsea, Conte hatched a plan to win over his collection of multi-millionaire millennials.

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