Chris Brunt: 'West Bromwich Albion will not roll over against Chelsea'

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A "buzzing" Chelsea head to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion on Friday (Saturday in Manila) knowing victory will deliver the championship in coach Antonio Conte's first season in charge.

They are now in a position to secure the trophy, their second in the last three seasons, with just two points in the next three games. "Hopefully on Friday we can have the title", he said.

While a lot of the focus through the middle part of the season was on how badly champions Leicester City were performing, there were not as many comparisons given to how well Chelsea had turned around their form from the season prior.

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. "We're doing our damndest to make it a competitive game and a good game".

Conte is not the kind of manager to count his chickens and his manner suggests he will only be fully satisfied with a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Chelsea were heading for a comfortable 3-0 victory over an increasingly despondent Middlesbrough side facing relegation but still manager Antonio Conte could not sit down and enjoy the moment at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

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"I have to say thanks to the club, players and staff to work very hard to change this".

It was the Baggies who derailed Tottenham's title quest at White Hart Lane past year when a 1-1 draw handed Spurs a blow they could not recover from with three to play. Over the years we've had good games against them and we've had a few good results at The Hawthorns, so we'll be turning up confident and trying to win the game. "But we want to try to get the three points". Tomorrow's game is the most important game for us, a final, and we are always thinking in this way. When you play and win against United at home in the way that we did. We know West Brom are a hard team to play against.

"I can tell only positive things about N'Golo".

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 a year ago.

Only an incredible collapse could prevent Conte bagging the title in his first season and adding it to his three Serie A crowns achieved in successive seasons with Juventus.