He is an example of our season - Conte lauds ´fantastic´ Fabregas

Wenger pointed to the trend of the Premier League's top teams, and said a lack of European football also helped.

"It wasn't like we felt we had to score because the title was at stake".

"We have three games to go, three points we have to take to be champions", Matic said. But we need to take another step to become champions in the English Premier League, a fantastic achievement for us.

"It's not just tonight, it's a full season", he said in an interview with Sky Sports after the match.

"Now we have to finish off strongly before a summer of reflection".

Antonio Conte's men can win the title before Spurs next play with victory at The Hawthorns on Friday night.

He added: "I am convinced you still need to have the ball to create goal chances and that you can not encourage, as well, youth teams to say: "We do not want the ball".

Chelsea have 84 points from 35 games followed by Tottenham Hotspur on 77 points also with three games remaining.

"We are very close and we must be honest about this, but we need to do another little step and win another game".

"It would be unbelievable to do it Friday - the quicker the better "Today is a big step forward".

"I am 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. It is big and this is our answer to Tottenham because they won nine games and lost only one in their last 10 games". Because I saw in this season that he put himself in this team in every moment, if he played or didn't play.

"We are very close to reach a great target. My players deserve to win the league".

The home side were buoyant from the off, with goals from Diego Costa (23′), Marco Alonso (34′) and Nemanja Matic (65′) proving more than enough to consign Steve Agnew's waning side to their fate.

It was the second time Fabregas had two assists in one game this campaign.

"Every opponent who goes there has a hard game". This development of Cesc is our development. "We faced a lot of problems", the 47-year-old Italian added. Now Cesc is showing himself to be a fantastic player.

"It's not easy and people told me I'm not the type of player for Antonio and that I should leave, but I like challenges".

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough were relegated last night following the defeat at Stamford Bridge.

"Everyone is devastated", he admitted. "They are eighth in the league and have had a very good year". We've pulled up short.

  • Rosalie Stanley