Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chelsea thrash relegated Sunderland


Press Association Sport understands the Premier League is relaxed about the substitution which took place midway through the first half of the champions' 5-1 win over Sunderland, despite it being forecast on social media by the Chelsea fanzine editor before kick-off.

Departing captain John Terry paid tribute to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in an emotional farewell after the Premier League champions thumped bottom club Sunderland.

The Premier League champions cruised to a 5-1 win over the relegated Black Cats in the season finale despite falling behind inside three minutes.

Chelsea have so far been linked with big name signings such as Alvaro Morata, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez and will surely push to strengthen the squad in all ranks. Players that have written the history of Chelsea. "I think John Terry in his own deserves a great send off and he got it today", Sunderland manager David Moyes said.

"It's important for us to celebrate, but then to find the right fire in our soul to be ready to work very hard this week to prepare and to feel in the right way this game".

Sunday was Terry's last game in a Chelsea shirt and the captain started the match, as he had done against Watford on Monday. The Blues delivered a record 30 top-flight victories in a 38-game season - and look well set for another win at Wembley next weekend as they target the Double.

Chelsea has the chance to complete a domestic double when it faces Arsenal in the FA Cup final next Saturday. Lastly, you guys the fans, the best supporters in the world without a shadow of a doubt.

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However, at the age of 35, his opportunities to play have been limited this season -- he has made only six Premier League starts - and he has opted to extend his career elsewhere.

Disappointed Arsenal could point out that their total of 75 points was more than they achieved in finishing runners-up last season and would normally have put them in the top four. On Sunday, on the final matchday of the season, Chelsea added icing to the cake by picking up their 30th win of the season.

"I have to be pleased because the players had never played with this system and it changed totally".

Next season, however, they will have to cope without Terry, the man who lifted the trophy alongside defensive partner Cahill.

After 19 years and 15 major trophies, John Terry was about to leave the Stamford Bridge stage for the last time and the emotion of the moment was too much for even the grizzled Chelsea defender.

Moses' cross-cum-shot was just out of Luiz's reach before Willian's long ball found Costa, who played it to Hazard on his left.

It meant Batshuayi, whose goal secured the title at West Brom, finished the season with four goals in three games.

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