Thibaut Courtois: Chelsea title win will be more special after last season

Posted May 20, 2017

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.

Conte's men can win the title before Spurs next play with victory at The Hawthorns on Friday night. Here's a look at how some of the Blues' key performers in the victory over Boro - namely Alonso, Azpilicueta and Pedro - reacted to the huge win on Twitter...

"It's been a hard year for me. Our worst moment was after the United defeat, because Tottenham won the game and to see your opponent only four points [behind] was very bad", he said.

"It's been a different year for me, I'm used to playing every year at every club I've been at but I've matured a lot", Fabregas told Sky Sports.

"We all know to play away against West Brom won't be easy but we're in a good moment".

"Now we have three chances to exploit, to become champions". "For sure, now we are very close".

'I felt in my heart to go and clap the fans and also wish every single Middlesbrough player good luck for next season, ' the 47-year-old said. 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. We know West Brom are a hard team to play against - we had a very tough game here (a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in December).

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.

"The target is very close and we must have enthusiasm, will, desire".

"It's our last game at home, and we've done reasonably well at home, so it would be nice to go out and get a result against them if we can, " said Albion midfielder Chris Brunt.

That is why he is able to register 11 league assists in as many starts during a season where he has played a second fiddle to other midfielders at the club. We haven't scored enough goals - you've got to score goals to win football matches.

"The fans didn't stop singing, wherever we've been this season they've been the same".