Chelsea celebrates title with 5-1 win over Sunderland
- Author: Julie Sanders May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 9:24
Former Chelsea captain John Terry played his last game for the club over the weekend against Sunderland and the former England International was given a guard of honour in the 26th minute of the match.
Having failed to score in 11 of their last 13 matches, it was a rare occasion for the travelling fans to smile, but their joy lasted for all of five minutes before Willian found a way through to level things up.
Triumphant Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has lauded his players for their sending off of outgoing captain John Terry on Sunday.
"If you ask me who you think the favourites are now, I think it's Arsenal", he said. I'm not talking about tactically - I'm talking about motivation.
"I'd like to thank my wife and my kids for supporting me in this awesome journey I've had", said Terry.
But it was a tough day for relegated Sunderland who finished the season bottom of the league on 24 points compared with their hosts' 93.
Terry probably has another year or two left in his footballing career and it won't be long before we see him in a suit on the touchline as the manager of a club and hopefully Chelsea's one day.
There was a celebratory air and an initial atmosphere like a testimonial before Terry's pre-planned substitution midway through the first half.
He said yesterday was "one of the most hard days of my life".
As such, he has probably earned the right to bow out on his own terms - even if that means a mid-game guard of honour and choosing when you're substituted. BT Sport is your home of unmissable football from the Emirates FA Cup and Premier League.
"This is another weapon for the final", Conte said. "It was a compromise between the two of us".
One of my greatest non-Newcastle football memories was when John Terry cost Chelsea the Champions League.
Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.
"It's unbelievable for me, for the players and for the club".
Terry joined the Blues as a teenager, and has since gone on to make over 700 appearances in all competitions, winning a total of 15 major trophies.
The Wearsiders had performed relatively well, but a piece of abysmal defending from Joleon Lescott allowed Pedro to add gloss to the scoreline, the former Barcelona man then turning provider for Michy Batshuayi for the first of the substitute's late double as the champions ended the season on 93 points.