Chelsea 2016-17 BPL Champions
Chelsea proved themselves to be the best team again for the 6th time.
Early setbacks made the Chelsea fans question if Antonio Conte is the genius manager that he claims or did he just get lucky? We will find out next season when the challengers will be determined to dethrone Chelsea, but for the moment it must be all hail Conte.
Diego Costa was putting the ball in the net again and was talked round after seemingly having his head turned by the Chinese lucre – he will be a big miss if he now heads East. Eden Hazard was back to his best while Pedro evidenced the star quality which seemed missing during the final days of Jose Mourinho.
Ironic that the 1-0 victory away to West Bromwich that clinched it should have been reliant on the goal of £33 million bit player Michy Batshujayi, but it showed the strength in depth. And it could yet be a remarkable double if Chelsea beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final.
Elsewhere in the BPL
Last day at the great White Hart Lane with an extraordinary victory over Manchester United. Spurs secured second place before the game, but goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane earned them additional points and respect. Wayne Rooney got one back but United have long pinpointed the Europa League final as their one real hope of a Champions League place.
Tottenham plans to have their new stadium built on the same site, ready for the 2018-19 campaign and will temporarily play their home matches at Wembley next season.
A disappointing season too for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City who at the start most pundits felt would be the team to beat. Their latest effort was an unconvincing and lucky 2-1 win over Leicester.
The Etihad stadium side looked to be cruising after goals from David Silva and a Gabriel Jesus penalty. Shinji Okazaki got one back, meeting Marc Albrighton's cross with a superb acrobatic finish. And then controversy at the end as referee Bobby Madley disallowed Riyad Mahrez's late penalty for the Foxes. Mahrez, who had been brought down by Gael Clichy, slipped as he took his spot-kick and touched the ball with his right foot as well as his left as he sent it into the net.
Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 away but are favourites to miss out. Hector Bellerin picked out Olivier Giroud for a tap-in before Mesut Ozil tucked home in the second period. Stoke controversially restored hope as Peter Crouch converted Marko Arnautovic's cross with his hand, but Sanchez drilled in a low finish and Giroud slid in a fourth.
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