Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland: Blues set record for most wins

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  • John Terry subbed out in 26th minute
  • Manquillo put Sunderland ahead
  • Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Batshuayi score for Chelsea
  • Chelsea win 30th game of season

Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Antonio Conte‘s men sealed the Premier League trophy in style and celebrated with their fans.

Sunderland took the lead through Javier Manquillo early on but Willian equalized in the first half, Eden Hazard scored a second, then Pedro scored to make it 3-1. Michy Basthuayi then added two off the bench to seal a stunning campaign.

Chelsea finish the season top of the table on 93 points, while Sunderland finish bottom on 24 points.

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Sunderland stunned the party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge early as Manquillo slammed home a loose ball from a set piece situation to make it 1-0.

Chelsea responded to going behind well as Marcos Alonso hit the crossbar with a free kick and the ball cannoned back into play. Chelsea worked it to the back post and Willian fired home at the near post. 1-1.

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Diego Costa then couldn’t get on the end of a cross and Eden Hazard couldn’t finish at the back post as Chelsea piled on the pressure. Sunderland struggled to see any of the ball as wave after wave of Chelsea attack came at them.

Terry was then subbed out in the 26th minute (his shirt number) to a rapturous applause from all of the fans at Chelsea, plus he had a guard of honor from Chelsea’s players and Sunderland’s players applauded him off the pitch.

Willian then went close to making it 2-1 and John O'Shea had a good chance for Sunderland but Chelsea but the Blues couldn’t get ahead before half time.

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There were chances for both teams early in the second half as Jack Rodwell forced Thibaut Courtois into a save and at the other end Willian went close again.

Chelsea did go in front as a quick counter teed up Hazard and he made no mistake by slamming across goal and in. 2-1 to Chelsea.

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Pedro jumped off the bench and scored late on to make it 3-1 as Lescott headed over his own goalkeeper Pickford and the Spaniard nodded home.

Basthuayi then jumped off the bench to continue his good form as he scored twice to seal the convincing 5-1 win.

Stamford Bridge erupted at the final whistle as Chelsea’s record-breaking season had ended and they hoisted the PL trophy aloft.

Worthy champions.

Conte admits job security speculation will always exist at Chelsea

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Antonio Conte admits that he will always face speculation about his tenure as manager while he is employed at Chelsea, but dismissed it as “no problem for me.”

There is a general acceptance that Conte will part ways with Chelsea at the end of the season given the tough times the club has seen this campaign. The Blues are hanging on to a Champions League place by a thread, and struggled through a January that included just two wins across all competitions in six matches.

“I’ve said it very clearly: I’ve got a contract until 2019 and I intend to respect this, but you know anything can happen in football,” Conte told Italian publication Mediaset. “It takes two to be happy and continue a marriage. Our work is unique because we’ve always got our suitcase in our hands.”

Conte did issue somewhat of a warning to Chelsea, however, that if he were to be fired, it could come back to haunt the club, as he would have no shortage of offers. “My intention is to respect my contract, but if something were to happen, it would open up different scenarios.” Big clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid could have job openings this summer if their lofty goals aren’t met, and those places would be attractive destinations for Conte, who won the Premier League title with Chelsea just last year.

“It’s a bit the history of Chelsea and inevitable when, in the past, in 14 years, 10 coaches have been changed,” he said. “Clearly when there is this habit, let’s say, the press play on it and as soon as there is a result or two which don’t go your way, they try to put the pressure on.

“But it’s no problem for me. I hope that this pressure doesn’t harm the players, not me, because I go looking for pressure.”

CCL: Toronto wins; Wild Herediano comeback

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On a single-digit Tuesday that severely limited the attendance at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC dueled in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Jonathan Osorio’s second half goal put the Reds in front and Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and an assist and the visitors take a 2-0 decision back to Ontario.

The best chance of a preseason quality first half saw Dominique Badji flub the best chance of the stage into the feet of Alex Bono.

Toronto took the lead, nabbing the away goal through Osorio’s header of a Sebastian Giovinco cross. And the Atomic Ant got on the board with a goal of his own off an Auro assist with 17 minutes to play.

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Tuesday’s other first leg saw Herediano and Tigres play to a 2-2 draw in Costa Rica, with the Liga MX visitors taking a pair of away goals but shocked by a pair of stoppage time concessions.

Francisco Meza scored in the 15th minute and Lucas Zelarayan seemingly put it to bed with 15 minutes to play.

But Yendrick Ruiz converted a 90th minute penalty kick before ex-DC United forward Jairo Arrieta did this ahead of the Feb. 22 second leg in Mexico.

Another American heads to Schalke: Zyen Jones

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Schalkamerica?

Bundesliga mainstays Schalke have added yet another American, this one 17-year-old Zyen Jones of Atlanta United. Jones is a forward with the U.S. U-17 national team.

Like Josh Sargent, who signed his deal with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, he’ll head overseas and sign a pro contract on Aug. 25, his 18th birthday.

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Jones will join several potential USMNT teammates in Gelsenkirchen, including injured senior team midfielder Weston McKennie and youngster Nick Taitague (19). Forward Haji Wright is on loan at Sandhausen.

Report: Simon Dawkins making move to Minnesota

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The Loons are taking a flier on Simon Dawkins.

The London-born Jamaican international hasn’t done a ton since returning to MLS from Derby County, and turned 30 over the offseason, and Paul Tenorio says the player is on his way to Minnesota United.

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Dawkins scored 14 goals between 2011-12 with San Jose, but scored just five times in his return to California and was blanked in 14 appearances last season. He registered just 10 shots in those matches.

The left winger would join an attack with Christian Ramirez, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay, and a pair of Generations Adidas forwards: Abu Danladi (2017 SuperDraft) and Mason Toye (2018).