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West Brom 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea sealed the 2016/17 Premier League title with two games to spare on Friday night, thanks to a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal of the game to become the Blues' unlikely hero.

It's Chelsea's fifth Premier League title and their second in just three years!

Antonio Conte started an unchanged side from the one that beat Middlesbrough in the last match.

Cesc Fabregas kept his place in the heart of midfield, favoured over N'Golo Kante who had just returned from injury.

Fabregas had been brilliant against Boro, setting up two of Chelsea's goals, and Conte hoped the Spanish midfielder would have the same impact against the Baggies.

However, it took some brilliance and a large slice of luck for Chelsea to make the breakthrough late on in the match.

The Blues were on top throughout the entire game, keeping the ball in West Brom's half and probing for an opportunity with some quick passing and darting runs.

However, West Brom manager Tony Pulis had drilled his team well, and for most of the 90 minutes there were 10 players in black and white behind the ball.

As a result, Chelsea had only a few half-chances in the first 45 minutes, with Diego Costa seeing a shot blocked while Pedro fired over the bar.

The second half started in much the same way, but Chelsea were almost caught on the break at one point. Thankfully, the Blues defence proved to be as sturdy as ever, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill shepherding the striker away from goal.

Conte made a change with 15 minutes remaining, bringing on Batshuayi and Willian for Pedro and Hazard, who had been a major part of Chelsea's threat until then.

The goal came from a lengthy period of Chelsea pressure.

Marcos Alonso headed the ball into the box to Cahill, who took a shot. The Chelsea captain sliced the ball, and the chance could have been missed, but then Chelsea got lucky.

Cahill's sliced strike fell to Azpilicueta, arguably Chelsea's best player on the night, who squared it to Batshuayi in the six-yard box.

The striker made no mistake, firing the ball under Ben Foster in the West Brom goal.

There was less than 10 minutes left for Chelsea to keep their lead, and the celebrations began.

After the Blues had settled down, Conte brought Kurt Zouma on to protect the one-goal lead. After the match the Chelsea players lifted Conte above their heads for the cheering Chelsea fans.

The Blues now look to next week's matches against Watford and Sunderland, before the FA Cup final against Arsenal on the 27th May.

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