Middlesbrough must reflect on relegation, says Steve Agnew


Chelsea strode to within three points of clinching their fifth Premier League title with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Monday evening.

There is speculation Fabregas could quit the Premier League champions-elect at the end of the season in search of more regular game time, and AC Milan are being linked with a move for the World Cup victor.

Goals came from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso, and Nemanja Matic in an attack masterfully orchestrated by Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte should do “everything possible” to keep Cesc Fabregas at the club this summer amid rumours of a possible £25m (€29.7m) bid from Liverpool. “The new manager came in at the beginning of the season, we won some games but then we lost, and there was again a lot of criticism”, he said.

Chelsea have top players and are a top team, very much on the front foot to push us back”.

“Cesc is showing (himself) to be a fantastic player and I’m pleased for him”.

“Obviously I haven’t played every single game but I feel the quality of my minutes whenever I’ve been on the pitch has been fantastic, so maybe my contribution has been even bigger than when I’ve played more in other seasons”.

“Now he is deserving this”.

Following Monday’s win, Chelsea have 84 points from 35 matches and are seven points ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur and can win the league on Friday with an away victory over West Bromwich Albion, reports Efe.

“It was a big win at this stage of the season”.

“We are very close”. We’ve got to put it right.

He added: “We’ve had 36 games and we have two to go and it’s been a really tough season”.

Steve Agnew’s side, the Premier League’s lowest scorers this season with 26 goals, join Sunderland as the second top-flight team to be relegated this term.

“It’s not easy what happened to me”.

“It could have been 6-0, but the fans didn’t stop singing, wherever we’ve been this season they’ve been the same”, he said.

“We must go game by game”.

Conte has called on his players to maintain their focus and win the title at the first opportunity, on Friday at The Hawthorns. It’s not important where we win – it’s important to win and then you have the time to celebrate wherever you want.

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