Chelsea close in on Premier League title, condemn Middlesbrough to relegation

Ross Houston
May 12, 2017

The Blues now know that one more victory will bring the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge - possibly as early as Friday night when they travel to West Brom.

The France worldwide, who is set to win his second top-flight title in as many seasons in England, will be needed at West Brom where Chelsea have won just once in their last five visits.

Celestine Babayaro, who played for Chelsea between 1997 and 2005, says Conte should do whatever it takes to ensure the World Cup victor remains in west London.

Conte wants his players to win the title at The Hawthorns and Courtois added: 'We hope to do it at the first attempt. It's great. Now we need to do another step. For sure it won't be easy, because West Brom is a really good team, a physical team, and we must pay great attention.

"Our worst moment was after the (Manchester) United defeat (last month) because Tottenham were winning. I'm pleased for him, because I saw this season he put himself in this team in every moment, if he played and if he didn't play".

Fabregas was the creative fulcrum of Chelsea's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday and his assists set up goals for Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic. "It was a great performance, my players showed commitment, workrate for an three important points", the Italian told BBC Sport.

Cesc Fabregas inspired Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Monday and then revealed that he ignored advice to leave the club.

Lifting the Premier League title this season with Antonio Conte will be even sweeter than when Chelsea won it with Jose Mourinho in charge, admits Thibaut Courtois.

After the match, the Spaniard said that he was advised to leave Chelsea after struggling to establish himself under manager Antonio Conte but that he chose to stay and prove he could meet the manager's demands.

'I think that when you suffer, you become stronger and then you are ready to face every situation - above all, problematic situations during games.

With Tottenham putting up nine straight wins before their loss to West Ham on Friday, Chelsea were pressured by Spurs, but the win over Middlesbrough means it would take a collapse of epic proportions if the Blues were to miss out on the title. When we analyse it in Geneva [at coaching conferences], we always analyse the Champions League and I must say, in some seasons, the team who had low possession won the Champions League.

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