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West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Chelsea

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Full-time scenes as Chelsea seal title

Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions as Michy Batshuayi's late goal gave them the victory they required to secure the title at West Brom.

It looked as though Antonio Conte's side might be forced to delay their celebrations as they were frustrated for long periods by the resilience and organisation of their hosts.

But the mood changed and the title was won with eight minutes left as substitute Batshuayi, who had previously endured a season of struggle after his £33m move from Marseille, ended a scrappy passage of play by steering a finish high past Ben Foster.

The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among Chelsea's fans, and manager Conte was tossed high into the air by his squad.

The Italian can now set his sights on emulating compatriot Carlo Ancelotti's 2010 feat of winning the league and domestic Double as the Blues prepare for an FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on 27 May.

Chelsea worthy champions

Chelsea's celebrations were fully deserved - the culmination of a superb season's work by Conte and his squad.

They had to work hard for victory against a West Brom side that demonstrated all the qualities that have made this such a satisfactory season for them but, as so often, Chelsea got the job done.

The Blues' main attacking threats struggled to find a spark, with Eden Hazard's frustration summed up with one long-range shot that went out for a corner, but Conte's side found a way to win, illustrating once again why they are worthy champions.

The losses at home to Liverpool and at Arsenal in September that hinted at early struggles seemed an age away, as did the surprise defeat by struggling Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, and the setback at Manchester United.

Chelsea, even when not at their best, proved themselves the strongest and most complete side in the Premier League - and they proved it again on a night they were tested.

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Conte's magic touch does it again

Conte's fingerprints are all over this title triumph - and his sure touch was on show again to fashion the victory they needed to get over the line with two games to spare.

The Italian knew his side needed a catalyst to break down West Brom, and it came with the introduction of Batshuayi and Willian for Hazard and Pedro with 15 minutes left.

Conte's masterstroke should have come as no surprise given the manner in which he has marshalled his forces, particularly the crucial switch to a three-man defence in September that turned Chelsea's season around and started a run of 13 straight league wins that led to the title.

No praise is too high for the 47-year-old, who took over a squad that looked broken after ending last season in 10th place and with the shadow of Jose Mourinho's sacking still hanging over the club.

This was his ultimate reward.

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Batshuayi comes out of the shadows

Batshuayi has been a misfit for much of this season, but whatever the future holds for the 23-year-old Belgian, he will always have a goal that won the title to his name.

Before this game, he had only figured only 24 times, played for 579 minutes and scored five goals - his sixth makes its mark in Chelsea history.

Man of the match - Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas was chosen ahead of N'Golo Kante in Chelsea's midfield and once again put in an impressive performance, making a game-high seven key passes

The stats behind Chelsea's title win

  • Chelsea won their sixth top-flight title and fifth in the Premier League era. Only Manchester United (13) have won more Premier League titles.
  • Chelsea are the first club to win the English top-flight title on a Friday since Arsenal at Anfield in 1989.
  • Conte is the fourth Italian manager to win the English top-flight title after Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri.
  • Chelsea scored with their 23rd shot of the match at West Brom.
  • A Belgian player has scored the title-deciding goal in each of the past three Premier League seasons (Batshuayi v West Brom in 2016-17, Eden Hazard v Tottenham in 2015-16 and v Crystal Palace in 2014-15).

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What next?

Chelsea still have two games to play in their title-winning season. They host Watford on Monday (20:00 BST) before receiving the trophy in their final game against relegated Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 21 May (15:00 BST). They then have the FA Cup final on 27 May.

West Brom travel to Manchester City on Tuesday, 16 May before finishing their season at Swansea the following Sunday (15:00 BST).

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuleySubstituted forWilsonat 64'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 6Evans
  • 2Nyom
  • 24Fletcher
  • 11Brunt
  • 8Livermore
  • 47FieldBooked at 36minsSubstituted forYacobat 51'minutes
  • 14McCleanBooked at 20minsSubstituted forChadliat 59'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 5Yacob
  • 7Morrison
  • 12Wilson
  • 13Myhill
  • 22Chadli
  • 45Leko

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 30David Luiz
  • 24Cahill
  • 15MosesSubstituted forZoumaat 86'minutes
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 3Alonso
  • 11PedroSubstituted forBatshuayiat 76'minutes
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forWillianat 75'minutes
  • 19Diego Costa

Substitutes

  • 1Begovic
  • 5Zouma
  • 6Aké
  • 7Kanté
  • 22Willian
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 26Terry
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
25,367

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home7
Away24
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Chelsea 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Chelsea 1.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Darren Fletcher tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Kurt Zouma replaces Victor Moses.

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Chelsea 1. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt missed. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcos Alonso with a headed pass.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nyom (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea).

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea).

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea).

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Pedro.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Livermore following a fast break.

Booking

Marc Wilson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Victor Moses (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Wilson (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Claudio Yacob.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ben Foster tries a through ball, but Chris Brunt is caught offside.

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Marc Wilson replaces Gareth McAuley because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea36283576294787
2Tottenham35238471234877
3Liverpool362010671422970
4Man City35209670373369
5Arsenal35206968422666
6Man Utd351714451272465
7Everton3717101061412061
8West Brom36129154146-545
9Leicester35127164554-943
10Southampton35119153946-742
11Bournemouth36119165265-1342
12West Ham36119164559-1442
13Stoke361011153952-1341
14Burnley36117183751-1440
15Watford36117183759-2240
16Crystal Palace36115204661-1538
17Swansea36105214169-2835
18Hull3697203669-3334
19Middlesbrough36513182648-2228
20Sunderland3566232860-3224
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