Chelsea are one step away from winning the English Premier League title and this also confirms Middlesbrough’s relegation with a consummate performance and an emphatic 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
It was a performance which also put them within 3 points of the English Premier League title.
Antonio Conte’s side can become champions with victory against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Friday night.
But, on the other hand, Middlesbrough must contemplate a future back in the Championship after they were swept aside in a contest they were not favourites to win anyway.
The hosts had already created a succession of chances before Diego Costa turned in Cesc Fabregas’ pass after 23 minutes.
And the contest was effectively over when Marcos Alonso scored at the far post via the legs of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan 11 minutes before the break.
Fabregas created Chelsea’s third which Nemanja Matic converted as the hosts laid siege to Boro’s goal, with the final whistle bringing contrasting emotions.
In this mood it is hard to see the league title coming from anywhere other than at West Brom on Friday night.
Baggies manager Tony Pulis was part of the Stamford Bridge crowd and will have gone away with plenty of food for thought after a Chelsea display which oozed class and intent.
The London based club are set to add one English national league title to the already five won titles since 1955.
Upon winning the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, Chelsea became the fourth club in history to have won the “European Treble” of European Cup/UEFA Champions League, European Cup Winners’ Cup/UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League after Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich.
Chelsea are the first English club to have won all three major UEFA trophies.