Thibaut Courtois: Chelsea title win will be more special after last season

And his popularity only continued to soar after his side's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi took to Twitter and rather appropriately nicknamed Cesc Fabregas "Santa" on Monday night for his gift giving qualities after the midfielder assisted two of the team's three goals in the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.

In his 106th match for Chelsea, he scored for the first time at Stamford bridge. His 19 goals match his haul from the 2014-15 season in which Chelsea claimed the title, as Hazard earned individual glory by being awarded the PFA Player of the Year award.

"I have to say thanks to the club, players and staff to work very hard to change this".

His precise passing set the Blues on their way to creating an opportunity to win the league on Friday at West Brom.

They recovered with interim boss Guus Hiddink in charge, eventually finishing in tenth place, and their rise has continued this season under Antonio Conte, who has all-but led the club to the title in his first season as manager.

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Southampton manager Claude Puel , whose side remain 10th, felt his players deserved to take more from the game . Mourinho however said he is does not enjoy seeing the north Londoners fail to win big trophies.

Only an incredible collapse could prevent Conte bagging the title in his first season and adding it to his three Serie A crowns achieved in successive seasons with Juventus.

Needing victory to stand a realistic chance of preserving their top-flight status, Boro succumbed to a defeat that sent them into the Championship alongside northeast rivals Sunderland.

"It's important to win it ourselves, we have the possibility to win it and not wait for the Tottenham result". We need to gain more points.

League leaders Chelsea hold a seven-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and can seal the title if they beat West Bromwich Albion away on Friday.

"It was probably more comfortable last time but the run-in is always the same, there is always a stage in the season when it's going to be tight, when teams are putting pressure on and you're having to win", he said.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona player recently went second in the all-time Premier League assist charts, passing Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, but was informed in a post-match interview that one of his assists did not count. "We have the possibility to do this on Friday against West Brom, but for sure it won't be easy", Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte, as reported by the capital club's website.

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