Conte won three league titles at Juventus deploying a three-man defence and contrary to expectations, the Italian started the season with a traditional back four with John Terry being one of the regulars.
Substitute Michy Batshuayi’s dramatic 82nd-minute victor gave Chelsea the Premier League title following a hard-earned 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Friday.
“I am proud to pass the torch of the Premier League to Antonio Conte: from one Italian to another, a great recognition of our school of management”, Ranieri told La Gazzetta dello Sport. I’m wearing the tracksuit, but I think I’m living a moment very important.
A video posted on Chelsea’s official Twitter account showed reserve goalkeeper Asmir Begovic tipping an ice bucket over Conte as he entered the changing room while Diego Costa sprayed him with champagne.
Chelsea were eighth, eight points behind leaders Manchester City after that loss at Emirates Stadium. Chelsea’s win put them 10 points ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only three games left to play. “When we lost to Liverpool and Arsenal and then went on an unbelievable run, winning  games in a row … that’s when we realized we could win the title”.
“When he realised things weren’t going well, he changed the system completely and found the keys to this campaign”.
Conte is now preparing his team for a return to the Champions League for next season.
“For this I want to thank my players because they trusted in new work and a new philosophy”.
“These are moments you need to cherish”, Cahill said.
With his goal, Michy Batshuayi ensured that Belgian internationals scored the league-winning goal for the third consecutive season. It was something I was thinking about (on Thursday).
Conte had just begun to talk about the message he had received from Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo and whether he’d spoken to owner Roman Abramovich, when Luiz and Costa chose to take control of his press conference.
“People have written us off as a team and individually”, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said, “and this has shut them up”. And most of all, he deserves to be on the pitch for the final whistle of the season in which he played such a small but memorable part.
Substitute Batshuayi became Chelsea’s unlikely hero as his first Premier League goal since August spurred scenes of ecstasy among the travelling supporters in the 82nd minute at The Hawthorns.
Talking to media on Saturday afternoon, Allegri also praised his predecessor for this Premier League victory with Chelsea.
“It’s great…this is a dream – a dream that is coming true”.
Tony Pulis had warned his side would do their “damnedest” to make Chelsea work for the prize and Rondon fired an early warning, beating David Luiz to a header that forced Thibaut Courtois to tip behind with just a minute on the clock.
“They’re worthy champions alright”.
At his unveiling on July 14 a year ago, Conte said: “I hope there is a small flame flickering that can eventually grow into a blazing inferno”.
“This tactical formation awed the entire EPL fraternity as clubs battled to grapple with the speed and agility of his wing-backs while the midfielders mesmerized teams with deft touches and passes to prolific attackers”.
“He changed their shape and they’ve been superb from that moment onwards”.