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Antonio Conte.

Gary Neville reveals the moment he knew Chelsea would win the title

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Despite most of the top six strengthening their playing staff significantly over the summer, Chelsea have virtually runaway with the Premier League title with just under three months to spare until the finish line.

Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic haven't propelled Manchester United to the heights they'd hopes, and though Sadio Mane has been in good form for Liverpool, they've fallen short at crucial times and failed to maintain a meaningful challenge.

But Chelsea have gone from strength to strength, and with 10 points between them and their nearest challengers it would take a minor miracle for them to not come away with the title by the time May rolls around.

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However, they were forced to recover from a rather sluggish start to the season as it looked as though Antonio Conte was going to find English football a little more difficult than first anticipated.

But a few tweaks to his side and system and he's not looked back since, earning plaudits from all corners for the way he handled the problems he first encountered.

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And it seems that one of his biggest admirers is Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who claims that he knew the Blues would run away with the title the moment Conte figured out how to deal with his side's deficiencies.

"I thought United would have a chance at the start of the season," Neville told Omnisport (via the Metro).

"But when Diego Costa and Eden Hazard turned up and they corrected their defensive problems by going three at the back, it became pretty apparent quickly that the old Chelsea were back.

"There’s a lot of Premier League winners in that Chelsea team. The issue has been you don’t know which Chelsea will turn up from one season from the next."

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However, Neville thinks that Chelsea may still encounter a few problems in the coming weeks, and even thinks they'll drop a few points before they're able to lift the trophy, but ultimately backs them to prevail.

"There is still a bit to go, they [Chelsea] still have some work to do. It won’t be as comfortable as we think, there might be some dropped points in the next few weeks.

"The challenge at United was probably bigger than what everyone thought. When I look at it now, I don’t think anyone could’ve won the league with United this season."

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