Chelsea celebrated as Premier League Champions after a hard-earned victory over Watford in Stamford Bridge.
John Terry, who will leave at the end of the season after more than 2 decades at the club, opened the scoring after 22 minutes before Watford’s Etienne Capoue answered back with a quick equalizer with a header.
Cesar Azpilicueta gave back Chelsea’s lead with a goal of his own before half-time and the contest looked over when Michy Batshuayi, who scored the title-winning goal at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, added a third just after the break.
Watford, however, had a lot of fight in them after Daryl Janmaat’s fine solo effort put the visitors within reach before substitute Stefano Okaka, who was given his Italy debut by Chelsea boss Conte, took advantage of defensive uncertainty to slam in an equalizer.
Chelsea, found a way to win as substitute Cesc Fabregas struck from the edge of the area with 3 minutes left – while Watford’s Sebastian Prodl was sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time.
Conte was cheered at Stamford Bridge within seconds of appearing in his technical area after winning the Premier League at the first time of asking.
This was a night for Chelsea to bask in the glory of their success and hard work this season, and after a slow start, the crowd warmed to the occasion.
what the managers said
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told BBC Sport: “It’s a big night because we won the title. I made a decision to make nine changes and give the chance to start a lot of young players. I must be pleased because the answer was very good.
“We conceded three goals but we scored four and created many chances. The most important thing was we won. Now we have target to win 30 games [which would be a Premier League record in a season].
“The most important thing is to win the league. Then if we have the possibility to improve these records, we must try. We can reach this target. The players and I want to reach this target.”
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri told BBC Sport: “I am very proud of my team. We had several players out injured.
“We played very well. Of course we were safe with six games left. I’m looking at the players I’ve got and who needs to be here next season.
“Congratulations to Antonio Conte because he’s a great manager. They have great players. They deserve the title.”
Terry (22′ minutes)
Azpilicueta (36′ minutes)
Batshuayi (49′ minutes)
Fàbregas (88′ minutes)
Capoue (24′ minutes)
Janmaat (51′ minutes)
Okaka (74′ minutes)
Prödl (Dismissed at 90’+2 minutes)