Thibaut Courtois: Chelsea title win will be more special after last season

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"This step was big, a big step for us". We're still chasing a points tally that will keep us in eighth position so we have a lot to play for.

"Honestly this is a big step because now there are three games and we need to win one to win the title".

@ChelseaFC come to The Hawthorns on Friday (ko 8pm) in search of the @premierleague title. It was just the matter when Chelsea scored another one.

Antonio Conte praised both sets of fans following Chelsea's 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough.

Conte praised Fabregas for forcing his way back into the starting XI, which he said epitomised the effort that his squad have put in this season.

Chelsea's nerves may have shown momentarily in those defeats at home to Crystal Palace and at Manchester United in April, but the response has been magnificent, reeling off wins in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham and in the Premier League against Southampton, Everton and now Middlesbrough.

"The target is very close and we must have enthusiasm, will, desire to take this target".

"They were better than us in every department, it could have been 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 in the end". I am a bit more relaxed.

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"It's great for me, for my players, for the club to see this great atmosphere", the Italian added.

"We had a lot of critics, the new manager came in at the beginning of the season, we won some games but then we lost and there were again a lot of critics". On Friday we have a good chance to finish this league, and we are ready.

The Baggies boss, alongside his assistant David Kemp, were spotted watching Chelsea take on Middlesborough with the majority believe he was in attendance to scout the Blues before his side play them on Friday night.

Middlesbrough needed something from the game to keep their faint hopes of surviving this season flickering but an inept performance meant they are destined to play in the Championship next term.

"We were reasonably well organised but at the same time we didn't get a foothold in the game for long enough".

It is famously said that Tony Pulis teams give up when they hit 40 points, and go on their holidays safe in the knowledge that they have secured Premier League football for another season.

Middlesbrough's caretaker-manager, Steve Agnew, said: "We've had 36 games and we have two to go and it's been a really tough season".

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