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Five Individuals Who Won Chelsea The 2016-17 Premier League

When a club remains top of a league for more than twenty consecutive weeks, it becomes difficult to see anyone else winning that league. This is the story of Chelsea football club in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea blazed the Premier League trail this season. It’s why they’re making news everywhere. You’ve probably seen hundreds of articles on Chelsea’s title triumph already; I’d appreciate it if you’d take out time to read this as well.

In this piece, the discussion will focus on the individuals whose input ensured that Chelsea smiled home to a Premier League title.

Agreed, every member of the Chelsea team, including players and coaching crew were instrumental in Chelsea’s success, the contribution of these five persons was the foundation of that success.

#1. Antonio Conte

Why Antonio Conte has been the best Premier League manager

The only thing that gives us a clear perspective of the amazing work Antonio Conte has done this season is how poor Chelsea was last season. The Champions finished 10th! It was their worst finish since Roman Abramovic bought the club in 2003.

A top four finish with Chelsea this season would’ve been viewed as a successful season for Antonio Conte. The former Juventus boss had said at the start of the season that his goal will be to return Chelsea to playing Champions League football.

The hyperactive Italian gaffer must’ve said those words to take attention away from his team, while they glided to gold. Aside from avoiding the backstage mind games, Conte introduced some mind-boggling tactics that made Chelsea impregnable.

Without Conte’s input, Chelsea could easily have found themselves in quicksand this term.

#2. N’Golo Kante

n'golo Kante

Antonio Conte can only do so much from the bench, he needs players who can put his ideas on the floor and run with it. Such players don’t come better than N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman has been the cog that held it all together in Antonio Conte’s setup.

Usually, the smallest man on the pitch, Kante in contrast, ends up making the biggest impact. The 25-year-old was in a similar list like this when Leicester City won the Premier League last season. His inclusion won’t be a surprise to any.

For his untiring style of play and impeccable contributions, Kante was voted the PFA Premier League player of the year as well as the Football Writers Association’s player of the year.

#3. Eden Hazard

To win games, you need players who can score and create goals. Eden Hazard took up this responsibility for Chelsea this season. In the process, he broke his personal record of goals scored in a single season for Chelsea.

Although there were other players who stood in the goalscoring gap for Chelsea, Hazard’s creativity, assists (5), goals (15) etc. were a deciding factor in Chelsea’s enviable title triumph.

Hazard’s importance to Chelsea is highlighted by the fact that the Pensioners has wobbled and fumbled in games where the Belgian was not in his elements. In the return fixture against Manchester United, Eden Hazard was man-marked and shackled by Ander Herrera and Chelsea succumbed to a 2-nil defeat.

#4. Diego Costa

Amazingly, some Chelsea faithful want Diego Costa to leave the club in the summer; perhaps due to his shenanigans and a few barren runs. However, Diego Costa was a chief reason why the Blues are celebrating a Premier League title.

Costa has not dropped much of his bad boy antics, however, his goals have lifted Chelsea and won them plenty points; for that, he deserves respect. It’s not much of an argument that Costa lost some concentration sometime after the new year. Regardless, his twenty league goals, sees him remain among the top-three best scorers in the League this term.

After the final whistle at the Hawthorns in the title-deciding fixture for Chelsea against West Brom, Diego Costa knelt down and raised his hands skywards in appreciation to the Supreme being. This was a sharp contrast to the lackadaisical figure he’s being portrayed as.

#5. Gary Cahill

If there’s any player who has put his back to the ground for Chelsea in this campaign, it’s been, Gary Cahill. The English defender has led on the pitch in the absence of the regular leader, John Terry.

Gary Cahill came up for some stick in the early games of the season. His mistakes against Swansea and Arsenal made headlines. However, the former Bolton defender picked himself up and solidified his status as one of the most important defenders in Antonio Conte’s title-winning team.

Cahill complements his astute defensive abilities with attacking prowess as well – the Englishman has scored six goals for Chelsea this season. Cahill makes an average of 1.4 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 4.6 clearances per game. A big salute to a Chelsea hero. These guys made Chelsea unstoppable this season.

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