Chelsea has one hand on Premier League trophy after latest win

Fabregas breaks Premier League assist record for Chelsea

I am a bit more relaxed. "We had a very tough game here", Courtois told British media, referring to Chelsea's 1-0 win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge in December.

"Now we need to do another step. On Friday, we have an opportunity to win and to take a title".

"We have the possibility to do this on Friday against West Brom but for sure it won't be easy".

"We're very close, and it will be very enjoyable after past year".

Their fate was sealed at Stamford Bridge by goals from Chelsea trio Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic.

Conte, whose side have led the table since November in his first season in charge, has been counting down the points, repeating each week like a mantra the number needed to get over the line.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte should do "everything possible" to keep Cesc Fabregas at the club this summer amid rumours of a possible £25m (€29.7m) bid from Liverpool.

"Because in this season, Cesc at the start didn't play a lot". Then through hard work, he improved a lot.

Despite his side's total control of the game, the ever feverish Conte prowled the touchline as usual, gesticulating wildly and yelling commands to his players. You must divide the fault of this, for this reason we started this season to solve problems and to find the right solution to change the situation that was created in the last season. "Now Cesc is showing himself to be a fantastic player". "Now he's deserving this". They join northeast rivals Sunderland in the Championship next season.

The Italian also explained why he applauded the travelling Boro fans after the final whistle.

And the Blues boss said: "It's great to have this atmosphere in the stadium - to hear our fans with this enthusiasm and passion".

Boro have only managed five victories over the course of the season, and Agnew has been unable to instigate a great escape since taking over from Aitor Karanka in March. "In Italy it's very, very hard to see a team getting relegated and the players receive (applause)".

Agnew said: "Everybody's devastated".

It is the fourth time Middlesbrough have been relegated from the Premier League and captain Ben Gibson said they would have to learn lessons from this season so they could bounce back. "Obviously we've come up short".



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