Chelsea manager says his players deserve Premier League title

Posted May 10, 2017

"But we need to do another little step and win another game", Conte told reporters after Monday's match, which condemned Middlesbrough to relegation.

The fans have quickly gotten on the side of the animated Italian, to the point that they sang Conte's name during the win over Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge.

"We're very close. We must be honest".

Goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic secured the victory, meaning Chelsea will win the title if they beat West Brom on Friday. Celestine Babayaro, who played for Chelsea between 1997 and 2005, says Conte should do whatever it takes to ensure the World Cup victor remains in west London. His precise passing set the Blues on their way to creating an opportunity to win the league on Friday at West Brom.

Chelsea eventually finished 10th in the table as Leicester, 5,000/1 pre-season no-hopers completed a remarkable title triumph.

Defeat at Chelsea on Monday evening ensured Boro will return to the Sky Bet Championship next season after just a single campaign in the top flight, scant reward for a seven-year quest to rub shoulders with English football's aristocrats once again. A tenth assist of the season meant that Fabregas had registered double figures for a sixth Premier League season, nothing anyone else has done before.

Babayaro, who also enjoyed spells with Newcastle United and Anderlecht, went on to praise Conte for the wondrous job he has done during his first season at Chelsea.

It was Mourinho's defence, comprising of goalkeeper Petr Cech and a back four of William Gallas, PFA Players' Player of the Year John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira, that was the real strength of this team as they conceded just 15 times across 38 fixtures, a figure only matched across history by Preston's 1888-89 team when 16 fewer games were played. "For sure, a game against West Brom will be very tough". "I think it's important to have a great respect and to clap this type of situation because I think this happens only in England", Conte explained.

"At the start of the season it wasn't easy because he didn't play a lot but he showed me he is performing well".

Asked how much it hurt, he said: "I think it's obvious: the worst moment of my career, the lowest point of my life". All that matters is this football club.

"Obviously I haven't played every game but I've played in the last 20 matches".