Being thoroughly dominant all season long, Chelsea finally confirmed their long awaited status as Premier League Champions with a 1-0 over West Bromwich Albion yesterday.
The win saw Chelsea secure their sixth Premier League title after what has been a very impressive season for the London club.
Putting aside the world class talent in the Chelsea squad, what has been most impressive is the managerial skills of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
The season served as a first in English football for former Juventus coach Antonio Conte. With initial doubts that Conte would struggle following the early season defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool, Conte’s technical nous and man management skills worked wonders as Chelsea recovered from a poor start to stamp total authority in the league.
Conte’s unquestionable ability seems to have been recognized early on by his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola.
In an excerpt of the book, Pep Guardiola The Evolution, Guardiola fully expected big things from Conte’s Chelsea owing to the ease by which the Italian’s style of play could be implemented.
Despite a poor first season, Guardiola certainly seems to have hit it spot on with regards to his expectations of Conte.