Sunday, 21 May 2017

Chelsea Lift English Premier League Trophy After Thrashing Sunderland

Champions Chelsea became the first English side to register 30 top-flight victories in a 38-game season as they said farewell to captain John Terry with a comfortable English Premier League win over bottom club Sunderland.
The Blues, who sealed their sixth top-flight title nine days ago, fell behind to an early Javier Manquillo strike but hit back quickly through Willian's angled drive.
John Terry raised the Premier League trophy aloft surrounded by his title-winning team-mates at Stamford Bridge
Dennis Wise brought the trophy out onto the pitch and was given a warm reception by the Chelsea faithful 

Eden Hazard lashed in his 17th goal of the season to give the home side the lead before his replacement, Pedro, capitalised on a poor backward header from Joleon Lescott to head in.

Another substitute, Michy Batshuayi, ensured the win was an emphatic one with two well-taken finishes late on to end his season with five goals in three games.

Antonio Conte was dunked by his players at full time and kicked the box of refreshments as the players waited for the trophy to be delivered to the podium on the pitch. 

It was an emotional send-off for defender Terry, who left the field in tears to a guard of honour from his team-mates in a pre-planned substitution in the 26th minute, matching his shirt number.
Conte was dunked by his players in jovial scenes after the final whistle of his side's 5-1 win against Sunderland
Not even a drenching at the hands of Asmir Begovic could dampen the celebrations for the Italian manager
Jermain Defoe missed what may well have been his last game as a Sunderland player with a hamstring injury as the Black Cats' 10-year stay in the Premier League came to an end with their 26th defeat of the season.
All kinds of banners were brought to the stadium in celebration of the title triumph for Conte and Chelsea
Some of the squad chose to capture the moment the trophy was lifted by filming it on their phones 
Conte's wife Elisabetta Muscarello and his daughter Vittoria flew in from Italy to join in with the celebrations
Conte's wife Elisabetta Muscarello and his daughter Vittoria flew in from Italy to join in with the celebrations
Diego Costa popped the champagne, no doubt the first of many as the players posed for photos with the trophy
Eden Hazard (centre) holds the trophy with golden gloves winner Thibaut Courtois (left) and Michy Batshuayi (right)

The stats behind Chelsea's success this season are impressive: 30 wins in total, 15 victories in their last 16 at home, 83 points from the last 96 available to them and 85 goals scored, making this their second-best ever English Premier League season in front of goal.

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