Substitute Michy Batshuayi’s dramatic 82nd-minute winner gave Chelsea the Premier League title following a hard-earned 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Friday night. The Belgian striker’s late goal at The Hawthorns took Antonio Conte’s side 10 points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur, who have only nine points left to play for. It is Chelsea’s second league title win in three seasons, their sixth in total, and comes at the end of former Juventus and Italy coach Conte’s first season as manager.
Batshuayi, the understudy to Costa, had only been on the pitch for seven minutes when he scored the winning goal — his first in the league since August.
“It’s good. It’s the best day for Chelsea today,” said Batshuayi, who arrived from Marseille last year in a 33.2 million pounds (USD 42.8 million, 39.1 million euros) transfer.
“Everybody is happy. It’s great to take the trophy.”
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said: “I thought it was going to be one of those days. We had so many chances in the first half and then we got a bit nervous.
“The beauty of football: a player who didn’t play a lot scores the winning goal for the championship.”
Conte, who claimed three Serie A titles as Juventus coach, has restored Chelsea to the winners’ circle by rebuilding from the chaotic end of Jose Mourinho’s second reign.