Chelsea reeled off 13 successive wins after the change and, despite a brief wobble with defeats against Crystal Palace and Manchester United, they coasted to the title in a no-nonsense style befitting their intense boss. The players will be a second season in and we saw that last season they couldn't sustain it for a second year. I did this to try to win and Michy repaid me a lot for my choice.
"We've been together as a group all season - that's what got us to where we are". The West Londoners displayed their character as they shrugged off a traumatic outing at the Emirates to get back to winning ways.
Striker Diego Costa has also been linked with a summer departure from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea suffered a new year hangover as Dele Alli's brace gave Tottenham a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane and ended the Blues' bid to set a new record winning streak.
For John Terry, who has won his fifth Premier League winners medal in a season that has seen him spend the majority of the time watching from the sidelines, it was another proud moment as club skipper.
The double could follow if Chelsea can beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.
"N'Golo Kante is the player of the season, Eden Hazard was close, but the man of the season is Conte".
Another win in the final game of the season, at home to Sunderland on Sunday, when the trophy will be presented, will ensure Chelsea finish with the second-highest points total in Premier League history. They showed me in every moment great attitude, great work rate and to trust in my work.
Conte's focus has already moved on to the next target. "But consistently over the course of the season, we have been the better side", the 31-year-old added.
Yet there was nearly a shock for Chelsea when Rondon escaped a challenge from David Luiz and raced clear, only for Cesar Azpilicueta to make a vital, saving challenge.
Days after clinching the English Premier League (EPL) title, Chelsea needed a late goal to prevail over 16th-place Watford in a 4-3 goal fest.
"Then you need the rest and then you prepare again for each game as it comes".
'We must enjoy and celebrate because when you work hard it is important to celebrate.
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