Hazard reveals what caused Chelsea's slump last season
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 5:13
John Terry has been handed the opportunity to say his farewells to Chelsea by starting the Premier League champion's final match of the season against Sunderland.
Kante has scored one league goal (against Manchester United) and provided one assist this season, but it is his ability to break up play, shield Chelsea's defence and launch attacks that has been key for the team.
With Steve Holland set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, the Blues are on the lookout for a new assistant to Conte and the Italian wants his former colleague at Juventus.
The defender made his first league start since September against Watford in last Monday's 4-3 win, scoring his 67th goal to net in the Premier League for a 17th successive season.
Sunderland took the lead within minutes as full back Javier Manquillo was able to smash home a loose ball in the box after Seb Larsson's free kick hit the Chelsea wall.
The meeting with a Sunderland side long since condemned to relegation will allow them to sign off in style before the presentation of the Premier League trophy caps off a memorable campaign.
"To start to think about next season is very unsafe because we have different targets still to reach".
Terry has been more peripheral this time around, contributing to his announcement last month that he would be leaving Chelsea after 22 years and 15 major trophies.
All players eventually welcome their families on the field too as Queen's "We Are The Champions" was blasted around the arena.
Sunderland confirmed via their Twitter account how Defoe missed out due to a hamstring problem.
Costa made nearly as much of a drama about his second-half substitution as Terry had done earlier.
The outgoing Chelsea captain might be considered one of the last of an old-fashioned breed of centre-halves, but his last act at Stamford Bridge as a player felt very "modern football".
There were some impressive sequences of play from Chelsea, who had Costa booked after 38 minutes. On 79 minutes, Joleon Lescott attempted to head the ball back to Pickford, only for the ball to loop awkwardly to the side.