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How Antonio Conte and Chelsea F.C. are changing the Premier Leauge

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Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 00:08

After a disappointing previous season, club boss Roman Abramovich turned to Conte and gave him the task of bringing the club back to their winning ways.

Though somewhat overshadowed by the arrivals of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, the Italian coach has transformed the Blues' displays superbly via his switch to a 3-4-3 formation.

Having won the league in 2015, the Blues were humiliated a year ago as they stumbled to a mid-table finish - failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Roman Abramovich's ownership. "It's a great squad of players they've got there but maybe there will be a freshening up, don't lose your best players and add one or two at the top end to go into the [UEFA] Champions League". I think if you can continue with these players you can improve a lot. "We have the same ambition", Conte said.

As reported by Chelsea's official website, Luiz said: "He likes to work, that is his secret".

Another win in the final game of the season, at home to Sunderland on Sunday, when the trophy will be presented, will ensure Chelsea finish with the second-highest points total in Premier League history.

Conte apologised after arriving late to his post-match news conference, explaining his players had showered him with beer and champagne and that "my suit is a disaster".

With the final whistle at The Hawthornswere looking for the reasons Chelsea had managed to turn the horror of a 10th-place finish past year into a championship-winning season. "We won this title together".

"If you're a Chelsea fan that's what you're hoping for now", said the former England midfielder.

"(Now) I see a very, very stable team and a team enjoying playing football".

Chelsea are the Premier League champions.

On speculation linking Conte with a move to Italy, Hiddink told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek: "There are always rumours coming up but I think the club is very stable".

2,341 " Azpilicueta has made more passes than any other Premier League player. Still, the modern game makes one-club players exceedingly rare, and footballers end up carrying emotional ties to several teams and their fanbases over the course of their career.

But with an FA Cup final against Arsenal awaiting on May 27, David Luiz says it is vital Chelsea do not allow themselves to take their foot off the pedal.