Friday, May 12, 2017 10:43 pm
Chelsea Football club has emerged champions of the 2016/2017 English Premier League, after a 1-0 win over hosts West Brom which took them to 87 points.
They have 10 points more than closest rivals Tottenham who can only get nine points more as they have only three games left to play.
Michy Batshuayi’s late goal clinched the title for Chelsea in a match in which they were made to fight all the way for the victory they craved at The Hawthorns.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chelsea were suffering some late nerves as West Brom threatened to prolong the title race as the match wore on.
But substitute Batshuayi prodded home the winner after 82 minutes to spark wild celebrations from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
The victory, Chelsea’s 28th of the season, put the long-time league leaders 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only three games left to play.
Italian Conte is only the fourth manager to win the Premier League title at the first attempt.
He was emulating his Stamford Bridge predecessors Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti as well as Manuel Pellegrini who achieved the feat with Manchester City.