Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that teams battling in Europe and domestically will find it hard to win the coveted English Premier League (EPL) title.
With their drop to the Championship, it may make a deal easier for West Brom to make after the defender has had a taste of the top-flight.
Chelsea are now seven points clear of closest challengers Tottenham, and will wrap up their second title in three years if they can beat West Brom on Friday.
"Then, through work, through hard work, he improved a lot".
The Arsenal boss has long believed that teams are duty bound to play entertaining football and thinks supporters continue to want to see those who seek to play with the ball rather than without it. Conte has made a huge impact in his first season at the Bridge, reviving a squad that imploded under Jose Mourinho last season. You must divide the fault of this, for this reason we started this season to solve problems and to find the right solution to change the situation that was created in the last season.
Asked what he had said to his players following the Middlesbrough win, Conte replied: "The message was now we need to take another step".
"For sure, now we are very close".
"We haven't had enough wins and that's the key to the whole thing". I must be pleased for the performance, for the commitment, for the desire, for the will of my players.
Middlesbrough's caretaker-manager, Steve Agnew, said: "We've had 36 games and we have two to go and it's been a really tough season".
"Everyone is devastated", he admitted.
Courtois spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid, winning LaLiga before claiming a Premier League title in his first campaign in English football. I've left a very silent dressing room with everyone, staff and players, absolutely gutted.
Baggies manager Tony Pulis was watching from the stand at Stamford Bridge and will have gone away with plenty of food for thought after a Chelsea display that oozed class and intent.
They are now in a position to secure the trophy, their second in the last three seasons, with just two points in the next three games.
"It's not just the lowest point of my career but the lowest point of my life".