5 reasons why Chelsea won the Premier League title
Chelsea have won the Premier League title. Here are five reasons for their success.
Chelsea had time to work under new head coach Antonio Conte. With no European commitments, the Italian could drill his players in readiness for the domestic challenges. Conte complained about the proximity of fixtures towards the end of the season, and next term will be all the more challenging, but he will benefit from the time spent in his first year sharing his methods.
After being fragmented and dysfunctional in the latter days of Jose Mourinho's reign, Conte reunited the squad with simplified goals. His passion, evident on the touchline, and desire for unity and taking responsibility quickly earned his players' trust. The acquisitions of N'Golo Kante and David Luiz were key on the field and both have likeable personalities off it.
3. Big decisions
Conte had the confidence in his ability to take big decisions. It did not take Conte long to switch to the 3-4-3 formation which served Chelsea so well. Plus he handled the phasing out of John Terry - something which has troubled many of his predecessors - and the captain's impending departure with respect. He also refused to discuss publicly the possibility of Diego Costa moving to China.
Chelsea performed consistently, with a starting XI which was usually predictable. Conte stuck to the tried and tested combinations which continued to serve him well and ensured his players maintained their focus.
Football is a straightforward game. Chelsea have been difficult to beat and potent on the counter attack, especially. They can mix it up, too, particularly when Cesc Fabregas or Eden Hazard are on the ball.