Chelsea celebrates title with 5-1 win over Sunderland

Hazel Gray
May 22, 2017

Chelsea celebrated lifting the Premier League trophy with a record 30th win as relegated Sunderland were dispatched easily at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were 1-0 down after three minutes with Terry the closest in attendance as Javier Manquillo scored, but Willian equalised five minutes later.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had a stellar first year in charge at Stamford Bridge but insists his family are the No 1 priority ahead of next season.

Conte on Friday declined to reveal whether Terry will make his anticipated final appearance at Stamford Bridge against Sunderland from the start. The culture of winning that he is building at Chelsea means that no game is meaningless, no achievement is worthless and that there is no moment to sit back until the final whistle of the final game.

Terry led Chelsea through a guard of honour from Sunderland, walking out on to the Stamford Bridge playing surface with son Georgie and daughter Summer.

Chelsea couldn't have more favourable opposition than the Black Cats, who have been consistently very bad under David Moyes this season and Conte will surely consider this when he makes a call on Terry's selection. I think we have a core here and we need to keep those players.

The Chelsea captain announced earlier this season that he would not be signing a new contract with his beloved club, and would subsequently be moving on at the end of the current campaign.

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Five minutes later, the lead was doubled as Pogba slid home to get his goal after some good work by Jesse Lingard . Jose Mourinho handed full debuts to Joel Pereira, Danny Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop.

It was all over when Pedro came on to take advantage of a howler by Joleon Lescott, but there was still time for Batshuayi to add two more off the bench before the end. Finishing the season strong.

Conte added: "We had a path, a very hard path, this season so it's important to enjoy the win".

He might not be everyone's favourite footballer, but there's no denying Terry has been one of the best defenders to grace the Premier League.

On being asked whether Terry could become a good manager some day, Conte insisted that Terry had the personality, title winning experience and the knowledge of having worked with numerous managers and that it was very important to have that experience.

"We have the great chance to play the final of the FA Cup and win but only if we keep the same desire in our soul, our heart".

He made his first league start since September in last Monday's win over Watford, scoring his 67th goal to net in the Premier League for a 17th successive season.

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