Antonio Conte wants cash to improve Blues

Chelsea FC

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But Belgian Batshuayi had other ideas, scoring in the 82nd minute off a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta.

Fellow defender David Luiz says the chance to land his first Premier League title was one of the reasons he returned to the club from Paris St-Germain in a £34m move in August. He later referred to himself as an "unexpected hero" in a Twitter post. Previous to this game Arsenal had been in a slump where they had lost to Crystal Palace, Watford, West Brom, and had been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich by a score of 10-2 on aggregate.

After this result, Chelsea went on a 13 game winning streak, which is the second most consecutive wins in Premier League history.

As for Conte, it couldn't have gone any better.

Conte becomes the fourth coach to win the EPL in his first season in the English top-flight, joining his predecessors Jose Mourinho (2004-2005) and Carlo Ancelotti (2009-2010) and Mauricio Pellegrini, who guided Manchester City to a first place finish in 2013-2014.

Conte, meanwhile, also intimated his desire to stay at Chelsea, believing the Blues can get even better after their Premier League title triumph. "In my mind there was this option to play a 3-4-3 because I knew I had the players to do that", Conte said.

But he's taken it all in his stride.

Chelsea have secured the Premier League title with a late victor over West Bromwich Albion.

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He said they understand that "we don't want to be protectionist, but we reserve our right to be protectionist to the extent we believe trade is not free and fair".

"Having said all that, the fundamental issue remains the work of the coach".

But the 47-year-old suggested after the title success at The Hawthorns that he wanted to build on the rejuvenation he has led this season with Champions League football in 2017/18. Second-placed Spurs are 10 points behind Chelsea with three games remaining.

The double could follow later this month if Chelsea can beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.

Costa had threatened to douse the flames and jeopardise the title bid in January, when he apparently had his head turned by a lucrative offer to join Chinese Premier League side Tianjin Quanjian.

West Brom put up a stubborn defence, frustrating Chelsea's efforts, so Conte made a decision to take off Eden Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez and bring on Batshuayi, surprisingly, and Willian. Gary Cahill's sliced shot could have gone anywhere. It'll be a hard game against Chelsea.

Life at Chelsea, with its big-time players and trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich, can resemble a soap opera at times but it has been one big happy family at Stamford Bridge this season.

"In these moments, anything can happen", he said.

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