Fabregas 'matured a lot' in tough season

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A 13-game winning run in the league followed September's losses to Liverpool and Arsenal, while Chelsea have won four games since the defeat to Manchester United, including in the FA Cup against Tottenham to set up a May 27 final with Arsenal.

We are showing that we deserve to win the league.

Antonio Conte's side know they will become Premier League champions in the Italian's first season at the helm if they defeat Tony Pulis' men on Friday night.

As Cesc Fabregas composed Chelsea's march to the brink of the English Premier League title, it was hard to believe the midfielder was making just his 11th start of the campaign on Monday.

Goals from Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso in the first half sealed Middlesbrough's fate and Nemanja Matic's second half strike added the icing to Chelsea's 3-0 win at home.

The France global, who is set to win his second top-flight title in as many seasons in England, will be needed at West Brom where Chelsea have won just once in their last five visits. They can achieve this with a win in this game, having won 1-0 in the reverse fixture in December.


"For sure now, I'm a bit relaxed".

Here at Shoot!, we are always looking back and reminiscing about some of football's greatest and most memorable moments, and today is no different! "We had to solve a lot of problems", Conte said at a news conference. Tomorrow's game is the most important one for us. "We mustn't forget that we must take three points to reach this target". "Then, through hard work, he improved a lot".

No wonder. Albeit a quietly charming, thoughtful figure away from the pitch, on the touchline Conte comes across as a manic, hyperactive figure making demands of his players that they dare not refuse.

Though Courtois insists Chelsea will do all they can to win the title at the earliest opportunity on Friday, the keeper has acknowledged the difficulty of an away trip to the Hawthorns.

Since the start of April, WBA have won only two points from six Premier League games (W0 D2 L4) - the worst record in the competition in this period.

"We all know it's a Premier League football club in everything - the supporters, the stadium, the training ground, the infrastructure is all there - so the most important thing is to finish the season strongly with two more games to go".

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