Can Chelsea Do The Double Now That They Have Won The Premier League?
The credit for winning the Premier League has to go to manager Antonio Conte as he managed to turn a team that was in a mess to Champions in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge. It was the loss early on to Arsenal which was the turning point for the manager. He spotted the problem in the team in that match and changed the system to suit the personnel available to him. It could not have worked any better and the changes brought them a 13 match unbeaten run and are why they managed to win the title with two games in hand.
Now that they have the title secure, the team has a chance to make it a truly memorable season for the Blues by winning the double. Thanks to their great performance at Wembley along with the perfect tactics by Conte, they were able to knock out of the FA Cup Spurs. They will not face Arsenal in the final and if they win that they will have managed to achieve the double. That would be extremely impressive and it is no surprise why the manager has clubs trying to snatch him from Stamford Bridge. Many thought he would find it impossible to fix a broken squad and win anything this campaign. The former Italian boss has proved all his doubters wrong and the best bit of business the Blue could do this summer is by extending the manager contract.
One of the main advantages Chelsea have had over their rivals this season is that they played that badly last season that they did not qualify for European football. The Blues have been able to concentrate on domestic competitions and this has been key to their success this campaign. They have made the least amount of changes to their team in the league and that consistency has paid off. It was the same for Leicester City last season but this time around they have struggled to cope playing in Europe as well as at home. It will be interesting to see how much playing in the Champions League will impact them next season. They do have the money and resources to build a big enough squad to be able to cope so a lot will depend on the ins and outs during the transfer window.
Chelsea are the favourites to win the FA Cup and they will fancy their chances against the Gunners. Arsenal has the tag of bottling the big matches and the Blues will hope they choke once again so that they can seal the double. The Gunners are in turmoil and the only thing that will bring them slight relief to the pain is by picking up silverware this season. With star players unsettled and contract up for negotiation, it could be one of the most important times in Arsenals recent history.
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