Conte turns focus to bid for double
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 18:56
John Terry, 36, whose agreement finishes this summer, reverted to the ground to say cheerio afterward Chelsea's 5-1 win over Sunderland confirmed a record breaching 30th Premier League success in a season.
The Blues have bounced back brilliantly after finishing tenth in the league last season and have dominated the Premier League again to take the title back to west London for the second time in three years.
But Blues boss Conte is keen for his players to quickly turn their focus to this weekend's game at Wembley, where a victory would secure the Double.
"Next season will be a new challenge because we are going to try to keep the title, to win the two cups [FA Cup and EFL Cup] and also we'll have the Champions League", Kante said. "I don't have any problem with it, we knew it was happening". I'm talking about motivation, the right fire in our soul and our hearts. "It's a great opportunity to win the Double".
The result saw Arsenal miss out on Champions League football for the first in 20 years by finishing fifth, while Manchester City will join Liverpool in playing Europe's elite after they finished third. If you ask me who is the favourite now, I can tell (you) it's Arsenal.
"You can not question my love or my loyalty to this club because I've said no to every club in the world to stay here with very restricted finances for years".
The Wearside club will return to the Championship after a decade in the Premier League where they have largely been reduced to an annual struggle for top flight survival.
The set-piece substitution rankled with some, with television presenter Piers Morgan tweeting: "Love John Terry as a player but this is ridiculous".
Terry revealed to Sky Sports (h/t BBC Sport) how he had helped plan the 26th-minute goodbye, in conjunction with manager Antonio Conte: "I kind of negotiated with the manager to play 26 minutes and come off".
"It was very important to find the right solution to celebrate a great champion, a great legend for this club, I think he deserved to start the game", Conte said. "It will be me and him having a conversation".
"Today is one of the most hard days of my life", he said.
Though the game was tied at 1-1 and there were slight protests from some Sunderland players for the ostentatious behaviour, the moment in itself reminded us all about how certain players leave an insurmountable legacy behind them and we can always continue to cherish them. It was his 580th game as captain of the team.