Chelsea man­ager re­mains fo­cused on fin­ish­ing sea­son strongly

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“This is the real dan­ger for us — to think that this sea­son is fin­ished,” warned Conte.

“It’s im­por­tant to cel­e­brate as we did to­day, en­joy­ing this mo­ment with our fam­i­lies and fans, and cel­e­brate this ti­tle be­cause it wasn’t easy.

“But as of to­mor­row, I’ll try and push a lot to ex­plain that this sea­son could be­come not just great but fan­tas­tic if we are able to win the FA Cup. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to win the Dou­ble.”

Conte fears his side could miss out, how­ever, if they let com­pla­cency set in.

“If you ask me who you think the favourites are now, I think it’s Arse­nal,” he said.

“They only have this pos­si­bil­ity to find a good sea­son af­ter a win in the FA Cup. For this rea­son, we must find mo­ti­va­tion and find in our­selves the right anger.

“The game will be very dif­fi­cult. I’m not talk­ing tac­ti­cally, I’m talk­ing about mo­ti­va­tion, the right fire in our soul and our hearts. If we have this in the same pro­por­tion as Arse­nal, we have the pos­si­bil­ity to do the Dou­ble and win. Oth­er­wise we risk a lot.”

Chelsea had al­ready been con­firmed as cham­pi­ons long be­fore fac­ing Sun­der­land but the way they came from be­hind to win in style af­ter Javier Man­quillo had put Sun­der­land ahead in the third minute summed up their sea­son.

The af­ter­noon was not with­out its emo­tion, ei­ther, on what was Chelsea cap­tain John Terry’s farewell to Stam­ford Bridge af­ter an­nounc­ing he will be leav­ing this sum­mer af­ter 22 years at the club.

“I’ll come back here one day, sup­port­ing the team for years to come,” he promised as he ad­dressed fans after­wards.

“I’ve been very for­tu­nate to work with some un­be­liev­able play­ers and man­agers through­out my ca­reer. I’m thank­ful to ev­ery sin­gle one of them. We all have to thank Ro­man Abramovich too. I’d like to thank him and all the board. He’s the best owner in world foot­ball.”

Terry com­pleted his speech by em­brac­ing Conte and start­ing a chant of ‘Antonio, Antonio’ which Abramovich, up in his pri­vate box in the West Stand, joined in with.

Not even Jose Mour­inho in his first spell in west Lon­don got that kind of adu­la­tion from the man who em­ployed him.

Ancelotti, of course, was sacked the sea­son af­ter win­ning the Dou­ble de­spite his pop­u­lar­ity with play­ers and fans, so noth­ing is cer­tain.

For Sun­der­land, any talk of ti­tles and Dou­bles is a dis­tant dream as they pre­pare for life in the Cham­pi­onship.

“We are gut­ted about the sea­son, but now we have to get over it quickly and get ready to go again,” said Sun­der­land man­ager David Moyes, the former Ever­ton and Manch­ester United boss. AFP

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