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Why Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been better than Pep Guardiola - Hasselbaink

18 May 2017
Why Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been better than Pep Guardiola - Hasselbaink

Antonio Conte's side won the Premier League title on Friday following their 1-0 win at West Brom and Thompson says their lack of European football this season has given the Italian the chance to hone his team on the training pitch.

The Watford fixture was rearranged from March after Chelsea progressed to play Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final. "In this moment the most important thing is to be focussed on the moment because that is very important", he said.

His only starts subsequently came in the EFL Cup loss at West Ham in October and the FA Cup early rounds with Peterborough - in which he was sent off for Chelsea's only red card this season - Brentford and Wolves.

We tried to win our games but last year was just an off year.

Diego Costa and David Luiz barged into Antonio Conte's post-match presser to return him to Chelsea's title celebration. That came in September, when he responded to back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal by implementing the three-man defensive system that served him so well in his three Serie A successes with Juventus.

Goals scored - With two games remaining, the Blues have already netted 17 more Premier League goals than last season.

"He's changed the same group of players with the work rate and the passion".

Asked if he would be at the club next season, Conte told reporters: "Yeah, and we have to improve next season". When you arrive after a bad season when the team were 10th, there is not only one problem. They were playing four at the back and it wasn't working at all so he had to do something.

Six minutes later, the Belgium striker was scoring the biggest goal of his career and being mobbed by teammates in front of Chelsea's jubilant visiting fans.

76 — the club's goals total is the highest in the league.

He said: "We started to do our work". "My substitution was very good!"

Win ratio - An incredible figure of 77.8% this term dwarfs the 31.6% under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink. The 36-year-old defender will leave Chelsea this summer after 22 years, and will also be expected to play on Sunday when he will lift the trophy for the fifth time.