Antonio Conte believes the best is yet to come from his Chelsea side, but the immediate focus for the Italian is ensuring we cap what has already been a superb season by clinching the Double.
Conte became the third Blues boss to guide his side to the Premier League title in his first season in England after Michy Batshuayi’s late goal secured all three points at West Brom on Friday night.
The Blues will be given a fantastic reception when they return to Stamford Bridge tomorrow to take on Watford, before receiving the trophy after our final game of the league season, at home to Sunderland, next Sunday.
The FA Cup final against Arsenal is the following weekend, and Conte wants his team to bring the campaign to a conclusion by overcoming our London rivals at Wembley.
‘This season was very difficult for us but it’s great to reach this target and enjoy it with my players,’ said Conte. ‘I have to thank my players for the commitment and work-rate they’ve shown me.
‘We have to work in training to prepare in the right way for these two games against Watford and Sunderland, and then prepare for the FA Cup final. We have the opportunity to win the Double and we must be ready to do this.’
The work Conte has done in turning a team who finished 10th a year ago into champions this time around has been hugely impressive.
With Champions League football back on the agenda next season, and a lot more fixtures to contend with, the Blues boss is well aware improvements will need to be made. Keeping our best players, he believes, will be key.
‘Yes, for sure [we can improve] but we have only been working for nine months together,’ he added.
‘If we continue they can improve a lot because now they know my ideas and I know them, and their characteristics, so we can improve.
‘I think the club wants to fight to win every competition and we have the same ambition. For this reason we will try to keep the best players.'