My vote for FWA Footballer of the Year 2017 went to Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante after a second successive stunning Premier League season.

With Chelsea striker Diego Costa once again being linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, manager Antonio Conte says transfer speculation is "normal" at this time of the season.

If the Blues defeat Middlesbrough tonight, then they would need only 3 more points to reclaim the Premier League title from Leicester City.

That would cap an incredible revival of Chelsea's fortunes under Conte's astute leadership.

Luiz has excelled in his second spell at Stamford Bridge under the Italian, having cut out most of the inconsistencies which dogged his first spell in west London.

Against that acrimonious backdrop it was something of a gamble by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to hire a manager with no experience of the Premier League.

Conte pointed to those toils, endured under the stewardship of José Mourinho and Guus Hiddink, as evidence that Chelsea had initially appeared unlikely title challengers. However, he had positive news regarding Thibaut Courtois, who was fit and ready to play after training with the squad.

Conte gave a glimpse of the steely streak he has imposed on his players so impressively at his pre-match conference on Friday.

"But with 20 I am happy".

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Once the Penguins grabbed the lead on Justin Schultz's second-period power-play goal, Fleury anchored the defense to the finish. The Capitals tied it 2-2 with goals 1:12 apart later in the second from Kuznetsov and Schmidt, both from the left circle.

"This league is very hard". I speak about "to win" and to work very hard.

"They've been excellent. They play with a back three and lots of attacking players". But I think my target is to put in the mind of my players a winning mentality.

And if we have seen the end of Tottenham's bid for the unexpected, Pochettino and his players should be applauded for sprinkling a modicum of interest in what looked a boring title challenge.

"I think Claudio deserved this for his career".

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte: "I can see the right concentration, the right focus, about my players".

Before getting to the details though, the biggest obstacle in all this will surely be the fact that the 47-year-old is a Juventus legend, due to both his playing and managerial days at the club.

Their home form has been a wonderful foundation for them to be top since November 5th and they will be confident of moving within one win of lifting the trophy with victory over Middlesbrough.

"I think in Italy there is a good school". For this reason it's not easy [for an English team] to reach the end of a European competition. "We must be ready, ready to fight, ready to find the right way to take three points". If Boro are going to survive relegation, they'll likely have to win their three remaining games.

The 26-year-old France worldwide drove former club Leicester to a shock title triumph last season and is doing much the same again at Stamford Bridge this time around - following his big money summer switch - to leave the club on the brink of glory.