Antonio Conte paid tribute to his Chelsea squad after they wrapped up the Premier League title with a 1-0 win at West Brom on Friday night.
The Italian coach has stressed that the commitment of his players is something he is very thankful for, and believes that it is the sole reason that they were able to secure the Premier League title in only his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Fans all over the world have been waiting for the moment Chelsea clinch the title, with most accepting that it was a question of when, rather than if, as we headed into the later stages of the campaign.
Chelsea were given the chance to wrap the league up at the first time of asking against West Brom on Friday night, and it looked as though the Baggies were going to stand firm, and not allow Chelsea an early party.
That was until unlikely hero Michy Batshuayi scored the winning goal for the Blues’, securing the title.
“I think this achievement is a great achievement for the players, for my players,” Conte told Sky Sports. “And I have to tell [them] thanks for their commitment, for their work rate.
“This season they show me great attitude, great patience, great will, great desire to try to do something great in this season.
“And now, after this win, we must be happy. We must be pleased for this season.
“It wasn’t easy for me to arrive in England and try different habits, a different language, and inherit players after a bad season.”
Eyebrows were raised when Conte made the decision to take off Eden Hazard and Pedro, and send on Willian and a man who has been on the fringes of his title winning side, Michy Batshuayi.
Whilst many fans were confused and unsure of the change, it turned out to be exactly what Chelsea needed, as the Belgian striker found himself in space and fired home to win Chelsea the trophy.
“I thought that Hazard and Pedro were tired and we needed more energy,” Conte added. “Michy paid me a lot with this change!”