Conte says John Terry 'deserves the best' for Stamford Bridge farewell
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 21:46
Antonio Conte won the Premier League title in his debut season in charge of Chelsea.Richard Heathcote / Getty ImagesThe record £5.14 billion Premier League TV rights deal kicked in during the 2016/17 season, meaning top flight clubs are poised to score record earnings this year.
Meanwhile Arsenal missed out on a place in the top four for the first time in 20 years as Liverpool saw off Middlesbrough at Anfield.
Antonio Conte has revealed that he and his Chelsea players will spend the day together next Sunday after the FA Cup final against Arsenal before jetting off on their holidays.
"Finishing the season with seven goals in two games is ideal, hopefully I can continue it at the start of next season", he said.
Batshuayi scored the goal that confirmed Chelsea as Premier League champions in their win over West Brom and the Belgian also scored twice in the victory over the Black Cats.
For sure now we have another chance to celebrate this season with the FA Cup final.
John Terry's emotional final appearance at Stamford Bridge as a Chelsea player sparked debate over the manner of his orchestrated early exit.
Chelsea collected their trophy following a 5-1 hammering of Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Conte says his players must re-focus quickly following the celebrations. It is a big season for us next season and it is our main focus now.
The result ensured the Blues became the first side in a 38-game season to win 30 games.
Chelsea's John Terry gestures as he gives a speech on the pitch after winning the Premier League at Stamford Bridge May 22, 2017.
"I know it was done with good intentions and he deserves the guard of honour, but it should have been before or after the game or in the last minute". It was important to find the right solution to celebrate a great champion and legend for this club.
The players are unlikely to be drinking much of the fizz, however, with their Cup final game against London rivals Arsenal only six days away.
Sunderland boss David Moyes conceded the gap between the champions and the Premier League's bottom club was always going to be hard to overcome.
Addressing the supporters, Terry said: "I'll be back here one day".
The former England skipper, 36, then used a post-match address to thank Blues supporters, team-mates and managers and his family - reserving special praise for Abramovich, whose wealth and ambition has turned Chelsea into one of the world's most powerful clubs since his 2003 takeover.
"They have always sung my name and pushed me on".
"It's awesome for me, for the players and for the club".
"Every ex-player I speak to tells me to play as long as you and treasure every minute".