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Chelsea Are Premier League Champions 2016/17

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Chelsea Are Premier League Champions 2016/17

After what has seemed like a given for a long time, Chelsea have finally secured the Premier League title, after defeating West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Antonio Conte's side started the season fairly strongly, winning their first three fixtures against West Ham, Watford and Burnley.

They hit a rough patch during September, drawing at Swansea, then falling victim to an in-form Liverpool team, courtesy of a Jordan Henderson goal of the season contender.

On the last weekend of September they were demolished by Arsenal 3-0, causing Conte to change his tactics and this led the Blues to go unbeaten for 22 games.

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Following this phenomenal form, which saw contenders like Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City fall far behind, it became almost certain that Chelsea would go on to win the title.

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Late in the season, a revived Spurs team believed they could catch the leaders at the summit, although their efforts would be in vain thanks to a single goal from West Ham's Manuel Lanzini goal at the Olympic Stadium.

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This Chelsea team, relatively unchanged from last year when they underwent a dramatic downfall under Jose Mourinho, hit an unrivaled rhythm through a combination of team work and individual performances.

Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante stand out as the two performers who have been behind the Blues' huge push to the biggest prize in English football, although the whole squad deserve their plaudits.

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Earlier in the season, it was announced that John Terry, the club's most successful captain and current longest-serving player, will leave in the summer.

As a testament to one of the greatest defenders of his generation, it's fitting that he'll bow out holding the Premier League trophy above his head for the fifth time.

The team still have the FA Cup final to come, taking on Arsenal at Wembley on May 27, meaning this season could yet still be a silverware double for Conte's men.

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Topics: Chelsea, Premier League

Mark McGowan
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