Middlesbrough relegated from Premier League

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It means the Blues will win the title if they can pick up another win against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday night, while Boro must now prepare for life in the second tier again next term.

Middlesbrough have been so poor in front of the goal this season that one would assume that their best player would be a defender and statistically Calum Chambers and George Friend have indeed been better ratings-wise.

At first Conte seemed unsure how he would tame a team of prickly and fragile egos and the alarm bells were ringing when Abramovich felt compelled to make a visit to Chelsea's training ground following successive defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal in September.

Chelsea qualified for the Uefa Champions League last weekend after beating Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park and they now have the sights set on securing a league and FA Cup double.

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Only Ryan Giggs (162) has more assists in Premier League history than Fabregas (105) but even the legendary Man United midfielder never managed six seasons of ten or more assists. (Mauricio) Pochettino has been working there for three years and has changed a lot of players and is working very well. I want players ready to fight and to try to put themselves in the team, to try to win together. In Italy we celebrated this win in a great way.

"Then, if you are happy or unhappy, I don't care". The fate of one team can be sealed, while the inevitable coronation of another can happen, all at Stamford Bridge.

Conte said: "This league is very hard".

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"If you consider our games and their games, there is a difference of what, eight games?" They could seal the trophy before Spurs host Manchester United on Sunday.

"Next season for us it will be the same".

Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew on the possibility of being relegated on Monday: "We'll have one eye on the Hull result, but there's nothing we can do to affect that".

Chelsea pair David Luiz and N'Golo Kante are injury doubts for Monday's game against Middlesbrough. Diego Costa is likely to move to Tianjin Quanjian - unless a major European club expresses late interest - while John Terry will sever his ties with the club.

Antonio's Conte's team were dominant from the start and went ahead when Fabregas picked out Costa, who placed the ball between keeper Brad Guzan's legs after Fabio had been unable to stretch far enough to clear. "We are building", he added. "You must adapt very well and very quickly to this league". This is a process.

Antonio Conte's ability to quickly identify his best system and strongest line-up has been the catalyst for Chelsea's apparent surge to the Premier League title.

"For sure, we are in a moment of transition".

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