Back on top: Chelsea wins the English Premier League
- Author: Julie Sanders May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 16:07
Long-standing captain John Terry will lift the Premier League trophy after Chelsea's final game of the season at home to Sunderland on May 21, which will be his last match for the club.
Chelsea were suffering late nerves as a dogged West Brom threatened to prolong the title race but Belgian worldwide Batshuayi prodded home the victor after 82 minutes to spark manic celebrations from triumphant manager Antonio Conte.
- Antonio Conte is the fourth Italian manager to win the English top-flight title after Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri.
"Maybe we felt a bit nervous but then we got the chance and for it to be Michy who scored, that's football". It's great because it's not easy in one moment to change the game.
Nevertheless, with Chelsea back in the Champions League next season and with much more to achieve in England, could he really be ready to walk away already? We contained them well.
It marks an incredible turnaround in fortunes for Chelsea, who finished 10th last term, and Fabregas - who has now won the top flight in two of his three seasons at Stamford Bridge - barely managed to contain his jubilation. "We are champions. It's another one in the cabinet".
They dominated possession against eighth-placed West Brom, who had little to play for but pride, and rained in shots before halftime, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro going closest while Diego Costa sent another effort over the bar.
The visitors had a huge scare when Salomon Rondon burst clear but his effort was superbly blocked by Cahill.
The man to score the title-clinching goal was Michy Batshuayi, all the way in the 82 minute, and once that goal went in, the celebrations began, with the joy pouring out even further at the final whistle as Antonio Conte savoured a sweet title win, one masterminded by him after a hard start to the season and a disastrous previous campaign.
Six minutes after replacing a tiring Pedro stuck out a leg to convert Cesar Azpilicueta's cutback despite a valiant attempt by Ben Foster to keep it out.
The final minutes were interrupted by some scuffling in the stands but nothing could dampen Chelsea's joy. When I chose to come back here I dreamed to win the Premier League.
"I'm wearing the tracksuit but I'm living a very important moment".
"It's awesome to celebrate with the fans".
The Italian's side finally broke through West Brom's stubborn resistance with eight minutes remaining and will now chase the double when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.