Chelsea look to keep momentum ahead of FA Cup final with Arsenal
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 9:28
Michy Batshuayi scored his second Premier League goal and first since August on his 18th substitute appearance to be the unlikely hero eight minutes from time.
The Italian, who has had an instant impact in west London this season, is the fourth manager to lift the Premier League trophy in his first season in England with Mourinho 2004/05, Carlo Ancelotti 2009/10 and Manuel Pellegrini 2013/14. Victor Moses forced the best save of the night early in the second half, shortly before Albion had their most unsafe minutes. After the Arsenal game [in September] when we lost 3-0 we were in a bad moment again, but we bounced back.
Jody Morris's side completed a historic treble having already been crowned as Southern Champions of the Professional Development League as well as beating Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup Final. They showed me in every moment great attitude, great work rate and to trust in my work.
Tottenham have only three matches available to them and the maximum points they can accumulate are 86 - one less than Chelsea's current points tally of 87 with two games to go.
Youth-team graduates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah will also hope to make their first league starts of the campaign in Chelsea's last two fixtures. "For a new manager, it's not easy, but we worked hard and I think everybody picked it up well".
Antonio Conte has hinted he wants to stay at Chelsea despite being repeatedly linked to a return to his native Italy with Inter Milan. For this reason we keep the best players.
Asked if he would be at Stamford Bridge next season, Conte said: 'Yeah, yeah.
Chelsea will be back in the Champions League next term after a one-year hiatus.
In a stunning turn of events, Chelsea clinched the Premier League title last night.
'We are working only nine months together. He is the boss, he has driven them from 10th past year to make them champions and in the end it has been pretty comfortable.
Next season there is a new goal of the Champions League. "We adapted nearly straight away and that's the unbelievable thing about our story this season".
"Obviously you need additions because you play on four different fronts, so I think that's important, but I guess the club and the manager know what they're doing".