A late Michy Batshuayi goal was all Chelsea needed at the Hawthorns to beat West Brom 1-0 and be crowned 2016/17 Premier League champions.West Brom 0 Chelsea 1Foster keeps out MosesYacob prevents own-goalBatshuayi wins it late onChelsea crowned champions
Albion almost looked like they were going to the Blues’ title celebrations after a textbook defensive effort kept Antonio Conte’s side at bay for 82 minutes.
However, as they desperately looked to finish the game off, Cesar Azpilicueta managed to play the ball off the touchline back to the middle and Michy Batshuayi made no mistake as he slotted in the cross to reclaim the trophy from Leicester.
The hosts came close to putting a damper on Chelsea’s night almost immediately as Salomon Rondon flicked a cross from Darren Fletcher towards goal and forced Thibaut Courtois to palm over the crossbar.
The west Londoners’ first real chance came 10 minutes in when a good passage of play gave Pedro some space outside the box to line up a shot that went way over the bar.
Pedro came close a few minutes later as the Baggies were caught flat footed expecting a Cesc Fabregas free-kick to be crossed in, but the Spaniard played it short to his countryman whose shot deflected just wide of the post.
Tony Pulis’ men began to contain the visitors and limit their chances before Fabregas fired a low shot from the right-hand side of the box which beat Ben Foster and then narrowly missed the post as well for the best chance of the half.
Chelsea started the second half in a much better fashion and Victor Moses had a chance in the first minute as Foster managed to stick out a hand to deny the Nigerian.
It was then Eden Hazard’s turn to cause the Baggies problems as he made a good run in the box and as he squared the ball towards the middle, Michael Dawson almost turned it into his own net were it not for a block from replacement Claudio Yacob.
After a prolonged period with very little chances, Rondon managed to lose David Luiz by the halfway line and sprint towards goal, but good tracking back from Azpilicueta saw him block the shot.
Albion had another chance just two minutes later as Jake Livermore slid the ball to Nacer Chadli, who dragged his shot wide of the post.
After 82 minutes, the Blues eventually broke the deadlock as Batshuayi turned in Azpilicueta’s cross to take them into a title-winning lead.
West Brom did not give up and pressed further up the field but to little effect as the Chelsea players and fans celebrated wildly at the final whistle.