How do Chelsea stars rate this season?

Ruben Hill
May 13, 2017

The Belgium striker, a £33million signing from Marseille last summer, made his 18th Premier League appearance off the bench and finally showed his poacher's instinct, seven minutes later, with his second league goal to send Chelsea and Antonio Conte delirious. "We were losing 3-0, we were beaten, but we got together -- coaching staff and players -- and determined then things would improve".

Chelsea have played some sublime football at times throughout this campaign, although the victor was anything but - Gary Cahill's shanked shot finding its way to Cesar Azpilicueta, who squared low across the six-yard area for Batshuayi to get the better of Ben Foster and spark scenes of delirium in the away end and on the touchline.

The Italian made it clear that the players he had inherited would need to "fight", insisting, "When you finish 10th in the league ... the problem is not only one person".

Spurs lost at West Ham 1-0 last week to give Chelsea three opportunities to clinch the league.

The revolution really gathered pace once Conte responded to lacklustre defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal in September by switching to his preferred three-man defensive system.

"Every game I feel like I have played with my players!"

Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte watches from pitch side during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, at the Hawthorns in West Bromwich, England, Friday, May 12, 2017.

"People have written us off as a team and individually and this has shut them up".

"Usually my teams are not used to conceding three goals in the first half, so it was a shock and a shock I tried to transfer to my players".

"It's been largely the same group of players and we have had a real determination about what we wanted to achieve this season and getting back to the levels we want to be at".

No longer bombarded by text messages, a favourite motivational method of Mourinho's, Chelsea's stars lapped up Conte's more considered approach.

"He is turning into a Premier League trophy pig!"

Chelsea have secured the Premier League title this evening, following a 1-0 victory over West Brom.

Batshuayi's only other league goal came in the first away match of the season, against Watford, helping the Blues to a 2-1 win in that contest.

But his attempted pass to Rondon was poor and the Venezuelan was crowded out by Chelsea defenders.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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