Chelsea clinched the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season as the manager as substitute Michy Batshuayi scored the all-important goal against West Bromwich Albion to give his side the three points they needed.
After long periods of frustration, Chelsea finally found a way to get past a defensively strong Albion, as Batshuayi got on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta’s cutback to beat goalkeeper Ben Foster and seal the win that saw them officially crowned Champions of England.
Here are the talking points from the encounter at the Hawthorns:
#1 Michy Batshuayi, the unlikely hero
With Chelsea seemingly resigning themselves to a point against a stubborn West Bromwich, they game needed some energy off the bench to inspire a final push for that elusive goal that would surely guarantee them the win and with it, the title. On came Belgian Michy Batshuayi for a relatively ineffective Eden Hazard.
The expensive summer signing, who has hardly started a Premier League game this season and last scored in August, was in the right place at the right time to meet man-of-the-match Cesar Azpilicueta’s cutback and bundle the ball past a desperate Fraser Forster. That goal sparked massive celebrations not just amongst the players, but also the coaching staff, led by their ever-charismatic and passionate manager Antonio Conte.
It was the deserved reward for a long endeavour in front of a hostile Hawthorns crowd and the timing of which the goal was scored will have made the taste of Premier League success all the more sweet.
Batshuayi has had a tough debut Premier League campaign and scoring the goal that won them the league will be his biggest highlight of the season.