West Brom made it difficult for Chelsea to snatch the win they needed to secure the Premier League title, but a Michy Batshuayi goal in the 82th minute decided the match, and led to crazy celebrations after the final whistle.
Tony Pulis, who revealed what he and Antonio Conte said in a brief chat before the game, praised both Chelsea and the Italian manager for their accomplishment.
They’re worthy champions, they take a lot of credit and could do the double. They’re a wonderful team and they’ve been the best. They had a poor start but recovered from that and have been the most consistent. We gave them a really tough game though
the West Brom manager told BBC Sport.
We wanted to make it difficult. Our quality let us down at times. We needed the break. It’s the decisions that players make and a little bit of quality that makes the difference, but I can’t fault the players. Chelsea got the goal and they deserve to win the league
Pulis added, before sharing what he and Conte talked about before the game.
I had a chat with him before the game and he recognised he had to change it earlier in the season, or he might have got changed himself. He’s made it his team. Italian teams are tactically organised and well run. He changed their shape and they’ve been superb from that moment onwards
the West Brom manager said, also adding that
it’s good working against the top managers, which Conte is. He’s been fantastic. His enthusiasm and attitude but he’s also very good tactically.