Seven games away from the Double - Can Chelsea end their season in style?

Antonio Conte has seven games left to do the Double in his first season at Chelsea, replicating fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti.

Conte is chasing the Premier League title and can win the FA Cup by beating Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in May.
Chelsea last won the title and football’s famous cup competition in 2009-10. Now, as they aim to do it again, Sportsmail looks at how they can complete the Double.
Chelsea take on Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night as they aim to open up a seven-point gap at the top of the Premier League table.
It leaves Tottenham playing catch-up with Mauricio Pochettino’s side facing Crystal Palace away on Wednesday.
With all respect to their upcoming opponents, Chelsea’s Premier League run-in is not the most frightening. Everton away is arguably as tough as it gets.
Chelsea play Southampton (h), Everton (a), Middlesbrough (h), West Brom (a), Watford (h) then Sunderland (h). Conte will look at that list and think six wins out of six is not impossible.
It is likely that the title will be theirs before they even have to play mid-table Watford or bottom-boys Sunderland, with both of those at home.
Nothing is easy when it comes to the Premier League, but it is certainly favourable.
Tottenham are in fine form. Pochettino’s players have won their last seven successive Premier League games. Should they win their remaining six fixtures, they would finish on 89 points.
That has to be Chelsea’s target for now. With Conte’s side currently on 75 points, that means 15 more would do it. Five wins, in other words. The fifth is the Monday night match at home to Watford on May 15.
Ninety-plus points would be the most of a title-winning team since 2008-09, when Manchester United won it. Leicester won it with 81 last season.
If Chelsea got lucky and Tottenham lost their next three games against Crystal Palace (a), Arsenal (h) and West Ham (a), then the west Londoners could win the title by May 8.
Tottenham have a less straightforward run-in than Chelsea. After they play Palace at Selhurst Park they have Arsenal (h), West Ham (a), Manchester United (h), Leicester (a) and Hull (a).
Chelsea have the psychological edge, having beaten their fierce London rivals in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
‘We knew before that this game can have maybe an impact for the rest of the season,’ Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris admitted afterwards.
Tottenham are playing catch-up this week and Chelsea opening up a seven-point gap could damage confidence inside the Spurs changing room.
Chelsea, though, have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since January. There are reasons for Tottenham to think their competition could drop points.
As for the FA Cup final, when Chelsea can complete the Double, Arsenal stand in their way. They will go into it with confidence if having already won the title, and will fancy their chances.
When Chelsea’s line-up for their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham was announced on Saturday, it was met with surprise.
Conte had dropped Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, and decided to use Michy Batshuayi. In the end, it worked out, and the Italian looked a master tactician for making that decision.
Yet their trip to Old Trafford on April 16, when Chelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester United, showed there are selection issues.
Marcos Alonso was absent due to illness and his withdrawal in the warm-up led to a last-minute shuffle. In came Kurt Zouma, while Cesar Azpilicueta was forced into the wing-back role.
It unsettled the balance and Chelsea were second best all afternoon. Conte, by his standards, appeared subdued on the touchline too.
Chelsea have only used 22 players in the Premier League this season – the joint-fewest with West Brom. It shows how they rely on a certain group of players. A big summer ahead waits.
John Terry is leaving Chelsea in the summer, it has been confirmed. The club captain wants to go out a winner, and is hoping he will get to lift the Premier League trophy and FA Cup.
The FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 27 could be Terry’s final game for the west Londoners. Will Conte’s determination to win see sentiment thrown out of the window?
Terry, 36, was on the substitutes’ bench for the semi-final against Tottenham. His last appearance was in the FA Cup against Wolves on February 18. He has not played in the Premier League since Everton on November 5.
Chelsea in all likelihood want to win the title with games to spare so they can hand Terry a farewell at Stamford Bridge – against Watford on May 15 or Sunderland on May 21. 
Source: All Football

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