On a tense night at the Hawthorns, Chelsea secured a 6th title with a dominant display. However, it was late drama that saw them clinch the crown as the seemingly forgotten man, Michy Batshuayi netted a late winner.
The game had started with Chelsea on the front foot, pouring forward as wave after wave of attack was stifled by the well drilled West Brom defence. Albion’s plan was to no doubt hit on the break and there were occasions where that tactic came close to fruition. The teams went in goalless at the break with Tony Pullis being the happier of the managers.
The 2nd half started in similar vein as the blues looked for the all important opening goal. Chances continued to be aplenty but overall Chelsea weren’t really testing Ben Foster as much as they would have liked. The Englishman did do well to stop a Victor Moses drive across goal.
As the game went on, the baggies grew into it and a last ditch challenge from Cesar Azpilicueta denied Rondon. Frustrations grew for Chelsea and with quarter of an hour to go Conte rang the changes. One of those changes was Batshuayi coming on for Pedro. 7 minutes later as the game hung in the balance the Belgian turned in a low close to send Chelsea fans delirious.
The Blues saw out the remaining minutes with reasonable ease to confirm themselves as Premier League Champions 2016/17.
Coming up will be analysis and review how Chelsea won the title with Part 1 coming very soon.