Chelsea are champions at last and the history books will show that they did it with relative ease.
At the end of September, however, it was Pep’s Manchester City who looked a force to be reckoned with; a scenario very much in-keeping with the media narrative devised in August.
It was meant to be Pep vs Jose, Guardiola v Mourinho, City v United – and throughout the early stages of the season, that very much looked to be the case. That was, until, Chelsea visited the Emirates.
After a humbling 3-0 reverse against Arsenal, Conte and Chelsea languished in 8th position, 8 points off the top and level on points with Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace. As it happens, it was the best thing to happent to The Blues as the result forced Conte into changing his system to a back three, flanked by two wing-backs.
Suddenly, Victor Moses and Marcus Alonso became two of the most feared players in the league, Chelsea rocketed up the table and Conte – in only his first season – managed to steal the limelight from Pep and Jose with apparent ease.
Whether or not the clash of the managerial titans finally takes off next season remains to be seen but for now, we’ll just remember them for a lot of moaning and poor goalkeeper choices whilst Conte hugged fans and ate cake en-route to one of the most straightforward title wins of all time.