Michy Batshuayi’s late goal at The Hawthorns took Chelsea 10 points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur, who have 9 points left to play for.
After the dominating the game for almost all the duration of the tensed clash, and despite the resoluteness and stubbornness of West Brom, it was substituted Belgian forward, Michy Batshuayi who broke the deadlock and fired the swaggering Blues to winning the league title in the 82nd minute as Chelsea beat West Brom 1-0.
It is Chelsea’s second title win in three seasons, their 6th altogether, and comes toward the finish of ex- Juventus and Italy head coach Conte’s first season at Stamford Bridge
Conte secured three Serie A titles as Juventus manager, has reestablished the club to the champions circle by rebuilding the collapsed bridge from the chaotic end of Jose Mourinho’s second rule.
Two years after Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to the EPL title, Conte has sewed the London club back together in the wake of dressing-room solidarity disentangled under Mourinho amid an appalling title defence last season.
The Blues, at last, got through West Brom’s stiff-necked resistance with eight minutes remaining and will now pursue the double when they confront Arsenal in the FA Cup final at the Wembley Stadium on May 27.
Chelsea were practically paralyzed inside 30 seconds as West Brom made the game’s initially possibility. Darren Fletcher’s hurled pass discovered Salomon Rondon and his flicked header drew a superb save from Thibaut Courtois.
However, West Brom had a huge opportunity on the counter-assault when James McClean seized on a free pass and dashed 50 yards into Chelsea region. But his attempted pass to Rondon was poor and the Venezuelan was swarmed out by Chelsea defenders.
Chelsea were getting to be noticeably disappointed in their endeavors to reach past the Baggies’ firewall, but Cesc Fabregas almost got through with a strike that flashed wide of the far post.
The home side might have broken the West Brom defense just two minutes into the second half when an effective cross-shot from Victor Moses was pivoted the post greatly by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.
However, there was just about a stun for Chelsea when Rondon got away from David Luiz’s challenge and hustled clear, just for Cesar Azpilicueta to make an essential, saving tackle to stop the Venezuelan from causing havoc.
Rondon then teed up substitute Nacer Chadli, who discharged a shot barely wide for West Brom. But, with eight minutes to the end of the game, Chelsea, at last, struck as Azpilicueta broke into the West Brom box and crossed for Batshuayi to tap home from close range.
Conte charged onto the field in wild jubilation, while West Brom stewards were forced to discharge three pitch intruders before the game could be completed.
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