This Premier League title is one of the most unexpected for Chelsea, coming after a disastrous season and after a difficult start. Now, Antonio Conte and his men want it all, as they prepare to battle Arsenal and win the Double.
Last time Chelsea managed to lift the Premier League and FA Cup trophies in the same season it was 2010: Carlo Ancelotti lead the Blues to a legendary season. Two years later Roberto Di Matteo lifted the Champions League, with the FA Cup, constructing a different kind of double.
After this incredible season under Conte, with Chelsea beating the all time record for victories in a single Premier League season, to win the Double would be the icing on the cake. The big prey is already taken, but adding the FA Cup, especially by beating Arsenal in the final, would make it all more special.
Conte failed to win the Double in his time at Juve, focussing on the league and overlooking the Coppa Italia. The FA Cup has a different importance and prestige, and the Double would certify Conte’s outstanding work and set the basis for the future.
The Italian manager could present these unexpected and fantastic results to Roman Abramovich, asking for reinforcements in the squad and setting his eyes on the next season, with the participation in the Champions League becoming central.
After winning four domestic leagues in a row and impressing Europe with Italy, Conte needs to show his ability in the Champions League, where he has failed to impress so far. He’ll need a different approach, with less time to train and learn tactics and more players needed to stay fresh throughout the season.
With a Double in hand, Conte would be able to ask Abramovich anything, with the owner ready to spend what is needed to remain competitive on more fronts. Imagine what Conte could do with a bigger and better squad.
On paper, Chelsea are favourites to win it. But it won’t be simple. It’s Arsenal and Arsene Wenger’s last chance to show this season wasn’t a complete failure, and it could even be the French managers last game in charge. On top of that, the Gunners have a great record at Wembley recently, having won the competition in 2014 and 2015.
Chelsea will also have to be careful about the celebrations of the past week. The Blues will need to keep their concentration high to approach the game as they have done all season, in Conte’s spirit.
If Chelsea do their job, the FA Cup seems at hand, and Conte will conclude his first season in the best possible way, ready to plan the future for more victories.