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Hammered at Arsenal and destroying Man United - 5 key games in Chelsea's title triumph

After Chelsea claimed a second Premier League title in three years, we look at five key matches behind their success under Antonio Conte.

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Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates with Chelsea team-mates

Chelsea's fifth Premier League title triumph was confirmed on Friday as they dispatched West Brom after overcoming some stubborn resistance at The Hawthorns.

The 1-0 victory ensured the Blues' lead at the top over Tottenham is insurmountable and means they can celebrate being champions of England for the sixth time in their history.

Antonio Conte's side have led from the front for so long their success has had an air of inevitability for some months, although the Italian's tricky start to life in England should not be forgotten.

There have been many crucial steps on the road to glory but we've narrowed things down to five pivotal matches. 


1) ARSENAL 3-0 CHELSEA (24/09/2016)

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A devastating first-half display from Arsenal at Emirates Stadium propelled the Gunners into an early title challenge and left Chelsea fans feeling wretched.

Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil all scored before the break to leave the visitors winless in three games and with an eight-point deficit to early leaders Manchester City after only six matches.

It seems counterintuitive to choose a defeat like this as a vital moment in a title win, but this game proved to be the final straw for Antonio Conte's experiment with a back four.

For the next game away to Hull City, the Italian reverted to the 3-4-3 set-up that brought him such success with Juventus. Chelsea won that game 2-0, and every match afterwards until January 4.

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