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Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland

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Chelsea celebrate after lifting Premier League trophy

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Chelsea cap a superb season

Eden Hazard scores
Chelsea have won home and away against 12 different teams in the Premier League this season. This equals the record in a Premier League season alongside Chelsea in 2004-05 and Manchester United in 2006-07

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 Premier League season in front of goal.

Admittedly, the Blues hugely underachieved during last season's title defence, but this has been an impressive and emphatic return to form for which Conte must take much of the credit.

The Italian has restructured the side, most notably through his adoption of a 3-4-3 formation in the aftermath of September's 3-0 loss at Arsenal, and restored their swagger - something that was fully evident in Sunday's final fixture.

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Chelsea title win just the start - Conte

Sunderland briefly went off script with Manquillo's opener - coming from a Seb Larsson free-kick - but once Willian had equalised there was only ever going to be one winner.

Playing within themselves, Chelsea were still way too good for the Black Cats, fashioning 28 shots to their opponents' seven. The only surprise was that they did not take more of them prior to the floodgates opening late on thanks to Hazard, Pedro and Batshuayi.

The latter's late-season contribution is further proof that all is well at Stamford Bridge right now. Restricted to cameo appearances for much of his first season in England, the Belgian striker has shown in the last three games he is capable of replacing Diego Costa, who continues to be linked with a summer move to China.

The Blues still have the chance to make Conte's debut season a Double-winning one when they take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday.

Terry says goodbye in style

John Terry is substituted in the 26th minute
John Terry won 15 major trophies in 22 years at Chelsea

Stamford Bridge was adorned with banners dedicated to captain Terry, many of them hailing him as the Blues' 'captain, leader and legend'.

Since making his debut as a late substitute in a League Cup tie against Aston Villa in October 1998, the centre-back has become synonymous with the Blues, and in the Roman Abramovich era he has been their standout academy player among a raft of big-money recruits.

His 26th-minute substitution, which halted the game while he was given a guard of honour by his own team, was of his own design as a fitting way to say goodbye to the club that has been his home for 22 years.

His real parting moment, though, came after full-time when he and his natural successor as Blues captain, Gary Cahill, held aloft the Premier League trophy - the 15th major trophy the 36-year-old has won during his time at the club.

Addressing the crowd, Terry said: "Today is one of the most difficult days of my life.

"I've been very fortunate to work with some unbelievable players and managers throughout my career. I'm thankful to every single one of them.

"We all have to thank Roman Abramovich. I'd like to thank him and all the board. He's the best owner in world football."

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Sunderland bow out with a whimper

Chelsea v Sunderland heatmaps
Chelsea's dominance is underlined by the respective heatmaps, with Sunderland's (right) showing how little possession they had in the Blues' box

Sunderland's fate was sealed with four games still to go this season and this result ensured they ended their decade in the Premier League with a run of three straight defeats.

The Black Cats lost 11 of their last 14 matches, winning just once, and failed to score in 11 of them.

They have now finished bottom of the Premier League three times - an unwanted record matched only by Nottingham Forest.

Sunderland were always going to struggle to disrupt Chelsea's title party - even more so when an injury ruled out top-scorer Defoe, who is unlikely to still be at the club when they begin next season's Championship campaign.

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Chelsea worthy champions - Moyes

They had only 29% possession at Stamford Bridge and managed just four touches of the ball in the Blues' box.

David Moyes, who signed a four-year deal when he joined Sunderland last summer, insists he will remain as Black Cats boss next season, although there has been no word from the club yet on his future.

This was the Scot's 499th Premier League game as a manager. If he does stay at the Stadium of Light it will take a major rebuilding job this summer if he is to reach 500 any time soon.

Man of the match - Willian (Chelsea)

Willian
Willian has scored eight Premier League goals this season, one more than in his previous two campaigns combined

Sunderland quick out of the blocks - the stats you need to know

  • Sunderland have lost 23 Premier League games against the Blues; against no other side have they lost more (also 23 defeats v Manchester United).
  • Javier Manquillo's goal, timed at 2:46, was Sunderland's fastest in the Premier League since Wahbi Khazri v Manchester United on 13 February 2016 (2:28).
  • Manquillo's goal was his first in his 67th appearance in league football (Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Marseille and Sunderland).
  • Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League home games (3-0 v Middlesbrough).
  • Michy Bathsuyai scored his five Premier League goals from just eight shots on target this season.

What next?

Sunderland begin preparing for the Championship while Chelsea go in pursuit of a double at Wembley next Saturday when they take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 30David Luiz
  • 26TerrySubstituted forCahillat 28'minutes
  • 15Moses
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 7Kanté
  • 3Alonso
  • 22Willian
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forPedroat 71'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBatshuayiat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Begovic
  • 5Zouma
  • 11Pedro
  • 21Matic
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 24Cahill
  • 29Chalobah

Sunderland

  • 13Pickford
  • 2JonesBooked at 48mins
  • 16O'Shea
  • 15Lescott
  • 21Manquillo
  • 7Larsson
  • 6CattermoleSubstituted forGibsonat 88'minutes
  • 8Rodwell
  • 3Oviedo
  • 44JanuzajSubstituted forGoochat 62'minutes
  • 9Borini

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 22Love
  • 24Gibson
  • 29Asoro
  • 35Maja
  • 40Embleton
  • 46Gooch
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
41,618

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home28
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 5, Sunderland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 5, Sunderland 1.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 5, Sunderland 1. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 4, Sunderland 1. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro with a through ball.

Attempt missed. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Darron Gibson replaces Lee Cattermole.

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro.

Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Attempt blocked. Victor Moses (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

Foul by Pedro (Chelsea).

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro.

Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 3, Sunderland 1. Pedro (Chelsea) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Willian following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Javier Manquillo.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jack Rodwell.

Offside, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson tries a through ball, but Javier Manquillo is caught offside.

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Lynden Gooch replaces Adnan Januzaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Diego Costa.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 2, Sunderland 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Costa following a fast break.

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

Foul by Joleon Lescott (Sunderland).

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

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland).

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Bryan Oviedo.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea38303585335293
2Tottenham38268486266086
3Man City38239680394178
4Liverpool382210678423676
5Arsenal38236977443375
6Man Utd381815554292569
7Everton3817101162441861
8Southampton381210164148-746
9Bournemouth381210165567-1246
10West Brom38129174351-845
11West Ham38129174764-1745
12Leicester38128184863-1544
13Stoke381111164156-1544
14Crystal Palace38125215063-1341
15Swansea38125214570-2541
16Burnley38117203955-1640
17Watford38117204068-2840
18Hull3897223780-4334
19Middlesbrough38513202753-2628
20Sunderland3866262969-4024
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