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SkySports: Antonio Conte insists Chelsea can improve again next season

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Rita Gibson | 16 May, 2017, 06:42

Chelsea secured the Premier League title on Friday after substitute Michy Batshuayi's 82nd-minute goal earned Antonio Conte's side a hard-earned 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Ancelotti went on to win the FA Cup as well and one suspects the insatiable Conte will feel a sense of anti-climax if his side do not beat Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 27.

The key to Conte's success might be his ability to gently reconfigure Chelsea in his own image, without the team losing what have always been their strengths: A solid defence, a powerful midfield, and clinical edge going forward.

The Italian said he and his squad had only "started to do our work".

He said: "I think that changed our season. We won this title together". "When you arrive at this moment and your heart, your head and your body tell you continue to play, because you want to play, it's right".

"Of course, these players are giving me a lot of satisfaction - they are giving everything and trying their best. And we can improve". We have the same ambition.

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.

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

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The Italian, victor of three Serie A titles as Juventus manager, has transformed Chelsea from flops to champions in one season with largely the same group of players.

Claudio Ranieri said he is proud to pass the Premier League title onto compatriot Antonio Conte after the Italian guided Chelsea to glory in his first season in England.

"Now lately you see the English teams are struggling". The England worldwide says Chelsea have now returned to normality, after last season's disastrous campaign.

Nigerian defender Ola Aina, who started off from the bench, was brought on for Kenedy for his third appearance for Chelsea this season. However, he has been back to his best this term, and is the favourite to win the Premier League golden boot. Watford boss Walter Mazzarri (on a disagreement between Okaka and Troy Deeney): "Tomorrow I will investigate but I don't think it was anything. It's right now to celebrate".

All the talk coming from Italy about Conte focused on his intensity. Many thought Chelsea had done well to sell Luiz for £50mn in 2014, particularly after his poor showing at a home World Cup.

"It's comical defending but I said he used to be a threat but those instincts are clearly still there. Rest for you. We train every day".

"There's still some work to do, not just in the final".

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