Chelsea close to Premier League title

Chelsea are three points from sealing this season's crown after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 last night.

"It's great to breathe this atmosphere at Stamford Bridge".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told his players to take one more "step" ahead of the English Premier League clash against West Browmich Albion on Friday night. Here's a look at how some of the Blues' key performers in the victory over Boro - namely Alonso, Azpilicueta and Pedro - reacted to the huge win on Twitter...

The 30-year-old admitted that it's been a very hard season for him, but thinks that his contribution for the team is still very valuable.

Conte believes Chelsea overcame their greatest challenge when defeat at Jose Mourinho's Manchester United last month cut their lead to four points over Tottenham, who the Blues then beat in the FA Cup semi-final.

"I think the most important thing is the football club, a terrific football club...it's not about my situation, it's about finishing the season well and making sure Middlesbrough can bounce back".

"The target is very close and we must have enthusiasm, will, desire". "I have no doubt there will be lots of changes at the football club - there always is - and to be honest, there probably has to be because of the manner of how we have been relegated".

He added: "Now there is the pressure, but now it's a good pressure, a pressure that this pressure must bring in our heart excitement".

"We'll try and finish the season strong and then reflect over the summer". I'm pleased for him because it shows from hard work you can succeed.

"It's great for me, it's great for my players and it's great for the club to see this atmosphere". We've worked so hard for a number of years to get back into the Premier League and we know how tough the Premier League is.

"It's great to see a team that got relegated and to see the fans clapping the players and the players staying there to receive the applause and to clap the fans", said the Italian.

It was a contrasting emotion in the visitors dressing room, a place Middlesbrough boss Steve Agnew described as "very silent" following the final whistle. "Obviously we've come up short".

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