Consistent Chelsea deserve top position, says West Brom's Pulis

Costa aiming for 'solid&apos goal total to help Chelsea deliver title

Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa started and sparkled as Chelsea moved to within touching distance of reclaiming the Premier League title and condemned Middlesbrough to relegation with a whiz-bang 3-0 win on Monday.

Just 10 minutes later, Marcos Alonso doubled his side's lead when he steered home his sixth league goal of the season following a deflection from Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan's thigh. Nemanja Matic got the third goal in the 65th from another neat Fabregas chip to pile the misery on Boro, who will join north-east neighbours Sunderland in the second tier next season.

Chelsea will be looking to get that win at the Hawthorns on Friday night when they play a West Brom side who now sit in eighth place in the standings.

"We're looking forward to the game, the players have been very good this week". The formation switch was the turning point for Antonio Conte's team and the ultimate reason this Chelsea side has been this elite. "My players deserve to win the league".

"I know we're not there yet, but we're very close and it will be very enjoyable after previous year".

"On Friday we have a good chance to finish this league, to become champions".

"Honestly for sure this is a big step because now there are three games. Nothing is done yet and it's a big final on Friday".

And that bid will be boosted by the resumption of Kante's campaign, which has again proved to be pivotal having helped Leicester City win the title last season. We must be pleased.

"I think after one season where you work a lot and you suffer also, if you are able to win and to reach your target the celebration moment must be fantastic", he added.

The game that the English Premier League season has built up to. "I repeat what I said before, I have a contract, two years with Chelsea, but also I like to repeat for me and my players is to be focused in the moment, the moment is very important".

"I'm enjoying it more now than I was a week or two ago when it was really tight, we were winning and they [Tottenham] were winning, and the pressure was on". "Now, another step to the title". They could do that in the match against West Brom.

The Blues travel to the Hawthorns this Friday knowing that another three points will guarantee them as champions for the 2016/17 season.

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