West Brom boss Tony Pulis scouts Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas was named man of the match against Middlesbrough

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas was named man of the match against Middlesbrough

But the immediate priority is to deliver the Premier League trophy and Tottenham Hotspur's defeat at West Ham United last week together with Chelsea's defeat of Middlesbrough on Monday significantly eased the pressure during the run-in.

Gibson has proven in a solid campaign that he could be a Premier League defender for years to come and, with West Brom needing a long-term replacement for the 37-year-old Gareth McAuley, the former England youth worldwide is a natural fit. 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...

"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", he said.

The Blues have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games against the Baggies (W4 D3), a 3-0 defeat in May 2015 in a game played after Chelsea had already won the division.

The former Juventus and Italy coach told Chelsea TV: "We must be excited to live this type of situation. We're still doing the right things, there's no complacency", Cahill said.

He is the most defensive player to with the PFA's award since Terry and his impact has been huge in allowing his side to control games in a title winning season. "It's logical when you start the work in a new club the will is to continue to work, to try to improve your work in many years". And it would be a surprise if it didn't happen on Friday, with West Brom having gone six games and nearly two months without a victory in the league. Win this game or else, his eyes scream. "We mustn't forget that we must take three points to reach this target".

"Cesc is showing to be a fantastic player and I'm pleased for him because I've seen this season that he puts himself in this team in every moment, if he played or if he didn't play, and now he deserves this".

Boro return to the Championship after one season back among the elite, joining Sunderland in sinking into the second tier just as fellow northeast side Newcastle United are celebrating their return to the top level. I feel the quality of my minutes has been fantastic, my contribution is perhaps bigger than a full season where I play every game.

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