Chelsea moved to within one win of the Premier League title and put the final nail to the coffin for Middlesbrough’s relegation with victory at Stamford Bridge.
The blues’ can become champions if they win against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Friday night.
Middlesbrough is left with the hope of coming back in the Championship in the future.
Diego Costa opened with Cesc Fabregas’ pass, connecting the goal after 23 minutes.
Marcos Alonso doubled the score 11 minutes before the break, which effectively signaled the match’s end.
Fabregas created Chelsea’s third which Nemanja Matic converted as the hosts laid siege to Boro’s goal,
What the Managers said:
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: “We must be pleased. It was a great performance, my players showed commitment and work-rate for three important points.
“At this stage it was important to win and exploit Tottenham’s defeat. Now, another step to the title. We have to rest well and prepare for West Brom.”
Middlesbrough boss Steve Agnew: “I am absolutely gutted and bitterly disappointed with the result and we have now lost our Premier League status which we took great pride in.
“I have just left a very silent dressing room.
“We haven’t had enough wins and that’s the key to the whole thing. Scoring goals wins football matches and we haven’t done that enough this season.
“I have to say the fans all season have been outstanding – home and away has been top class and the least they deserve is Premier League football.”
Diego Costa (23′ minutes)
Alonso (34′ minutes)
Matic (65′ minutes)