22 May 2017

Chelsea farewell Terry as they lift title

7:00 am on 22 May 2017

Chelsea celebrated lifting the Premier League football trophy with a record 30th win as relegated Sunderland were crushed 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The result ensured the Blues became the first side in a 38-game season to win 30 games.

And Antonio Conte will seek to end his first season as head coach with a double with victory in next Sunday's FA Cup final with Arsenal.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich joined in as Conte was praised for presiding over the restoration of a team which finished 10th last season in defence of the title.

Conte handled captain John Terry's abdication respectfully.

Terry handed over the captain's armband to Gary Cahill after a guard of honour which marked his first-half substitution and final Stamford Bridge appearance for Chelsea.

Cahill appears to be his successor as skipper and, alongside Conte, the Blues are in good hands.

Conte has intimated his intention to stay despite being coveted by Inter Milan and could be awarded a contract extension, 12 months into his three-year deal.

In other games, second placed Tottenham thrashed relegated Hull City 7-1, Manchester City made sure of third place with a 5-0 win at Watford, Liverpool ensured a return to the Champions League by beating relegated Middlesbrough 3-0 to to finish fourth.