Sadness Reigns on Teesside as Middlesbrough Relegation to the Championship Is Confirmed

Chelsea are three points away from their second English Premier League title in three years after a 3-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. It's been one of the curiosities of the Blues' league campaign that they've rarely found space for the 30-year-old Spaniard in their starting XI but on the few times they have he's never disappointed.

With their drop to the Championship, it may make a deal easier for West Brom to make after the defender has had a taste of the top-flight.

"Honestly this is a big step because now there are three games and we need to win one to win the title". Last season was very bad.

"I feel the quality of my minutes whenever I've been on the pitch have been fantastic, so maybe my contribution has been even bigger than when I've played more in other seasons", Fabregas said after Monday's victory.

"We are close and in football nothing is done until it's done".

Goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic saw Chelsea re-establish a seven-point lead over Tottenham and relegated Boro.

The leaders need three points from their last three games to seal the title and Courtois said that they wanted to win it as soon as possible with a victory over a tough West Brom side.

"But then we bounced back as a team very hard and we played very well".

"It could have been 6-0, but the fans didn't stop singing, wherever we've been this season they've been the same", he said. "I hope we can win the league and enjoy and the critics have to be sorry".

Cahill believes the players can use that title win, secured under then-manager Jose Mourinho, to help the team get over the line against West Brom on Friday. "Saying that I am leaving, but I am scoring goals, we are on top of the league, we can be champions".

Pulis added: "There are a lot of clubs interested in Charlie Taylor, we're not the only club interested in him". We decide our future.

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

Conte admitted that it has been a very hard season for Chelsea.

The former Juventus and Italy coach told Chelsea TV: "We must be excited to live this type of situation".

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