Pulis determined to make Chelsea wait for title celebrations

Pulis determined to make Chelsea wait for title celebrations

Conte has managed to turn Chelsea back into title winners after the Blues finished tenth last season.

A win Friday at West Bromwich Albion will secure the title in coach Antonio Conte's first season with the club. "I still think sport has to encourage initiative and, if it rewards too much teams who don't take initiative, then we have to rethink the whole process because people will not, forever, come to watch teams who do not want to take the initiative", he said.

However, eighth-placed West Brom are still chasing their own goals of a top-half finish and the five points they need to reach 50 and eclipse their best-ever Premier League tally.

The feeling I had at the beginning of the year was that they wouldn't win the league. Also we must know that to play West Brome is not easy.

It was the Baggies who derailed Tottenham's title quest at White Hart Lane previous year when a 1-1 draw handed Spurs a blow they could not recover from with three to play.

Another championship could follow at West Brom on Friday.

'I like to have a big challenge in my life, and now I only take big challenges. "I know we're not there yet, but we're very close and it will be very enjoyable after a year ago".

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A 13-game winning run in the league followed September's losses to Liverpool and Arsenal, while Chelsea have won four games since the defeat to Manchester United, including in the FA Cup against Tottenham to set up a May 27 final with Arsenal.

Asked on Thursday to sum up the impending crowning of his team, former Italy manager Conte was quick to point out the state Chelsea were in when he was appointed previous year.

"We hope to do it at the first attempt".

Should Conte's side beat a West Brom team with little to play for they will become champions with two games to go.

"They will give us a very hard game there and we have to stay focused like we were at Everton and against Middlesbrough".

'We are looking forward to a game of football which has three points riding on it, nothing else'.

"It will be a hard game".

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