Back on top: Chelsea wins the English Premier League

Matic was an effective shield for Chelsea's back three.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis was fulfilling his promise to make things hard for the title chasers, with West Brom themselves looking to take another step closer to both a top-half finish and a club-record points tally in the Premier League.

It was only Batshuayi's second league goal, and first since August.

Most of the preseason chatter circled around the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at the helm of the Manchester clubs.

"Now this is a great season", Conte said.

MF Marcos Alonso, 7 - With much of Chelsea's play going down the right channel, this was a quieter game than usual for Alonso, who never looked threatened defensively and got forward with the ball when the opportunity presented itself.

After drawing with Swansea City and losing to Liverpool, Chelsea found themselves 3-0 down at half-time at Arsenal on September 24, the malaise that had plagued them the previous season apparently refusing to lift. He has quickly become a favourite with Chelsea's fans because of his obvious passion.

He was then dragged out of his post-match media conference by celebrating players David Luiz and Diego Costa, but not before pinpointing the key moment in his side's season.

Both have turned out to be inspired signings. It was the underutilised Belgian global who duly obliged to score the goal that won the title.

Costa scored in all but four of Chelsea's 13 consecutive victories between October and New Year's Eve. He has returned a completely new player, eliminating the mistakes and lapses in concentration for which he was often ridiculed.

Within a year, the former midfield general had led Juve - dubbed the "Old Lady" - to the Serie A title, the first Italian side to do so unbeaten since 1979.

Fellow Italian Andrea Pirlo, meanwhile, wrote in his 2014 autobiography: "When Conte speaks, his words assault you".

The final minutes were interrupted by some scuffling in the stands but nothing could dampen Chelsea's joy. They stuck with the 3-4-3 for the rest of the season.

West Brom offered the odd counter-attack but the one-way traffic continued after the break as Victor Moses was denied by a splendid low save by Ben Foster.

While Mourinho was the architect of his own downfall - squabbling with club doctor Eva Carneiro before his undignified departure in December 2015- Conte has been the architect of Chelsea's revival. "Gaz has been on the field week-in, week-out so he should be the one allowing me to do it".

Chelsea have now won five Premier League titles since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, but this one is arguably the most impressive considering they finished a woeful 10th last season.

They could end up winning the double.

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