CHELSEA CRUISES TO A SIXTH PREMIER LEAGUE WIN

Chelsea has clinched the Premier League title after defeating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns in what proved to be a tough game.

The home side held their ground strongly but a late goal from substitute Michy Batshuayi, who has not been a regular starter this season, gave the Blues three points, which mean they hold a 10-point advantage over Tottenham, with two games left to play.

It is the sixth time that the Stamford Bridge side have won England’s coveted price. Of the six premier league titles Chelsea have won, five have come since the new Chelsea Era which started in 2004 when Roman Abrahamovich took over ownership of the club.

Their campaign has been one of excellence since a sticky period in September, when they lost successive matches against Liverpool and Arsenal saw them drop as far as eighth.

Manager Antonio Conte, who arrived in the summer to guide the team after a disappointing 2015-16 season, which saw Chelsea finish in 10th position, altered his side to play with three at the back, and that proved the catalyst for a 13-match winning streak that proved to be the decisive run as they claimed the crown. 

Ironically, though, Conte’s men seemed to be aided by their lack of European football, as it left their squad free to focus on domestic matters as their chief rivals faltered.

Chelsea now looks forward to European football once more, with the Champions League set to return next season.

 

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