Fabregas wants Chelsea to wrap up title in a hurry


Chelsea's Diego Costa, right, competes for the ball with Middlesbrough's Calum Chambers during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, May 8, 2017.

Since returning to the Premier League in 2010, West Brom have always managed to get a goal against the Blues at the Hawthorns and despite current form, history suggests that Chelsea will concede on Friday night.

But, according to former Chelsea defender Babayaro, it would be a big mistake on Antonio Conte's part to let the 29-year-old go. Scoring goals wins football matches and we haven't done that enough this season. "Now we are very close but we need to take another step". "On Friday we have a good chance to finish this league, to become champions". The Hawthorns have proven tricky hunting grounds in recent years, last year's 3-2 win ended a futile run of one draw and three defeats. For us it was very important to play and to win today.

"At this stage it was important to win and exploit Tottenham's defeat. And when I play against a winger.I understand what they are going to do before they try and go past me, so it makes it a lot easier". "We owe it to our supporters and we have our own targets to hit".

Fabregas played a diagonal pass behind the away team's defence in the 23rd minute and Costa received it before slotting through the legs of the goalkeeper for his 20th goal of the season.

Chelsea eventually finished 10th in the table as Leicester, 5,000/1 pre-season no-hopers completed a remarkable title triumph.

Chelsea face Arsenal in the Cup final on May 27.

The Italian added: "Last season was very bad and this season, don't forget we started with a lot of problems".

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Admittedly this would be a shock as Terry hasn't started since the fourth game of the season, back in September.

It is a record-equalling fourth demotion from the Premier League for Boro, who next play Southampton at the Riverside.

"Everybody is devastated", Middlesbrough manager Steve Agnew said.

The Blues have been the Premier League's top performing team by far and are on the brink of being crowned champions. "Obviously we've come up short".

"It's very, very frustrating - it's a very silent dressing room in there", Agnew told Sky Sports. Players, staff, myself, ' skipper Ben Gibson said.

"We haven't had enough wins and that's the key to the whole thing". "It's great for me and my players".

The visitors' night began with a bump.

"The disappointment tonight is losing the game".