Antonio Conte believes Chelsea have room to 'improve' ahead of next season


"We're disappointed we didn't get something out of the last (home) game of the season and it would have been deserved if we had done that".

Asked if he would be at the club next season, the 47-year-old told reporters: "Yeah, and we have to improve next season". "This is Antonio's team, they are his players and when they have something to celebrate you can see that", the former Chelsea midfielder said.

Chelsea have clinched the Premier League title by beating West Bromwich on Friday night.

"The consistency, the desire, the quality in the team - they deserve it, and they deserve that moment with their own fans".

"I think the club want to fight to win every competition and we have the same ambition. It's disappointing for us, but you've got to give Chelsea, Antonio and his coaching staff great credit for what they've achieved this year".

Yet there was nearly a shock for Chelsea when Rondon escaped a challenge from David Luiz and raced clear, only for Cesar Azpilicueta to make a vital, saving challenge. More positive results prior to that and through the busy festive period thrust them into reach of the Champions League by the time they met the Blues again on January 4th.

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No longer bombarded by text messages, a favourite motivational method of Mourinho's, Chelsea's stars lapped up Conte's more considered approach.

Conte's players were tuned in to such an extent that they seized control of the title race by equalling a single-season top-flight record with 13 successive victories.

Terry, Chelsea's emblematic skipper, will end his 22-year association with the club at the end of the season and seems certain to start at least one of their final two games. It was Batshuayi's first league appearance since April 1 and his first league goal since he scored the equaliser in a 2-1 victory at Watford on August 20. Sometimes we play well, but concede a goal and then it's hard to get back in the game. 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. They've built relationships - that will be challenged next season but now's not the time to talk about that.

Conte wants to keep his best players and strengthen his squad ahead of next season's Champions League return, but there is speculation over the future of striker Diego Costa, in particular.

Conte, who has won the last four domestic championships in which he has managed having claimed three in a row with Juventus prior to being Italy boss, could win the double in his first campaign in England if the Blues can beat Arsenal in the May 27 FA Cup final. I'm inclined to believe that Torres' connection to Chelsea and his genuine happiness at their title win does not diminish the warm feelings he has for Liverpool, and also does not (or should not) nullify the fans' fond memories for him. Not many other managers would have put César Azpilicueta in the back three and gone with Victor Moses as right wing-back, it is true, though it is a slight oversimplification to assume that Conte merely made the best of what he had.