He is an example of our season - Conte lauds 'fantastic' Fabregas

Having started the season in bad form, following a write-off of a season, Chelsea found their mojo when Antonio Conte shifted to a back three and since then, their season has taken only one trajectory. "We will see how Chelsea respond next season", Wenger said.

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley said they were aiming to finish with at least 50 points. We have two games to go.

"Now we are very close", Conte said. We need to gain more points.

"We are still doing the right things, there is no complacency". Beat West Bromwich Albion on Friday and the title will be theirs, and judging by the form they showed in dispatching Boro it will require something brilliant from the Baggies to deny the Blues. For sure it won't be easy, because West Brom is a really good team, a physical team, and we must pay great attention.

But Chelsea were rewarded for their intensity and they made it 3-0 in the 65th minute when Fabregas crossed for Matic, who then blasted the ball in from 20 yards out.

"At this stage it was important to win and exploit Tottenham's defeat".

Although the man of the match award seemed to cheer him up. "This step was big".

Antonio Conte's side only need three points from their last three matches to clinch the Premier League but want to secure the trophy at the first opportunity.

"If you think in the last 10 games Tottenham won nine and lost only one".

"I wouldn't say we're nervous".

Besides him, goals were scored by Diego Costa who opened this event with his 20th goal of the season, and Alonso, who was equally awesome as Fabregas.

The Italian added: "Cesc is one of the best examples of our season".

'But then we bounced back as a team very hard and we played very well. This development of Cesc is our development.

Boro who needed an unlikely win agains the champions-elect to have any hope of avoiding the drop, were outplayed on Monday night and suffered a record equalling fourth demotion from the Premier League.

"Everyone is devastated", he admitted. We've pulled up short.

"I've left a very silent dressing room, everyone in the dressing room, staff and players. We have to reflect on what's gone wrong".

Steve Agnew took over as interim boss and they ended a 16-match winless streak against neighbours Sunderland before a draw at Manchester City but it was not enough to save them. "Chelsea are a top side and it's going to be really hard, but it would be nice to finish off on a high if we can".

  • Julie Sanders