Courtois: People were laughing at Chelsea last season


Michy Batshuayi, who scored the title-clinching goal at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, put Chelsea 3-1 up, but Daryl Janmaat pulled a goal back with a superb strike.

Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says he is proud to pass the Premier League torch to a fellow countryman as Chelsea's Antonio Conte became the fourth Italian to win the title.

Conte often talks about the importance of his players "suffering together" during matches, and he believes it is "impossible" for a team to win trophies without being prepared to endure physical and mental adversity.

Chelsea will complete the double with victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup final - only the second in their history - and for Conte, the challenge of building on this season's success has already started.

This story was first featured on - simple, shareable sport. When you get criticised, obviously it's not nice just after a season when you had won the league. They have worked hard in each game and looked a better side in numerous matches.

Asked about his future, Courtois replied: "I don't think now is the moment to speak about that but, of course, I'm committed to Chelsea". Conte was fearless enough to switch to 3-4-3 and Chelsea never looked back as he got the best out of players who needed a new motivator and master tactician to get them firing on all cylinders - and someone who could inject an all-for-one mentality. When you arrive after a bad season when the team were 10th, there is not only one problem.

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The biggest game of this weekend is surely that which will end of this weekends English Premier League outings with Manchester United heading down to London where they will take on Tottenham in what should be a great game for both the teams that are involved.

Chelsea will be back in the Champions League next term after a one-year hiatus.

Chelsea are the Premier League champions.

Conte, laughing, added: "They know we have to work during the training session to prepare in the right way these two games against Watford and then Sunderland. The beauty of football: a player who didn't play a lot scores the winning goal for the championship".

Hiddink did not wish to dwell on what had happened under Mourinho when he returned to Chelsea, but can see how Conte has transformed what was a dysfunctional unit.