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From day one, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has laid emphasis on hard work and he sounded it out so many times that the only way Chelsea can become champions is by working hard.

Chelsea are now champions, and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that indeed, hard work pays.

“In the end it’s paid off so it’s nice for the players that all the work we’ve done this season counts for something and means we get to have this amazing feeling again,” said Courtois, who has now won two titles in just his third season at the club.

“It’s an amazing feeling. I live for these moments of joy and excitement.”

The Belgian then recalled the 3-0 loss against Arsenal and how the team had to come back from that defeat, change tactics and then work hard to becoming champions.

Courtois said: “It was very bad if you lose 3-0 against another top opponent in a London derby. We had a bad game against Arsenal and it was this time we decided to switch to a 3-4-3. The players picked it up straight away, with a lot of work on it at the beginning, because it’s not so easy that you just change and you win your games. A lot of teams have tried to do it and it’s not always so easy. We did it, we picked it up very well and I think that was because of our work ethic, combined with the hunger of not wanting another season like last year.”

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