Premier League: Cesc Fabregas wants Chelsea to wrap up title in a hurry
Cesc Fabregas urged Chelsea to wrap up the Premier League title after the leaders moved within touching distance of the silverware.
Cesc Fabregas urged Chelsea to wrap up the Premier League title on Friday after the leaders moved within touching distance of the silverware thanks to the Spaniard's inspired display.
Fabregas was the creative fulcrum of Chelsea's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday and his assists set up goals for Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic.
Marcos Alonso was also on target for the Blues, who are now seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham.
Chelsea will be crowned champions in Antonio Conte's first season as manager if they beat West Bromwich Albion on Friday and Fabregas has his sights set on a title party at the Hawthorns.
"We are close and in football, nothing is done until it's done. Hopefully, on Friday we can have the title," Fabregas said.
"It would be amazing to do it Friday - the quicker the better
"Today is a big step forward. Nothing is done yet and it's a big final on Friday."
Conte has made a huge impact in his first season at the Bridge, reviving a squad that imploded under Jose Mourinho last season.
The former Italy coach was delighted with the way his players capitalised on Tottenham's shock defeat at West Ham on Friday and he believes Chelsea will be worthy champions if they clinch the title on Friday.
"At this stage, it was important to win and exploit Tottenham's defeat. We must be pleased. It was a great performance, my players showed commitment and work-rate for three important points," he said.
"This is my first season in England in a tough Championship. I'm delighted for my players, they deserve this. We are showing that we deserve to win the league.
"Now, another step to the title. We have to rest well and prepare for West Brom.
"We must try in the next game to become champions. West Brom will want to play a good game against us, but we are ready."
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Sunday's loss to Manchester City in the League Cup final followed defeat in the 2015 League Cup final and the 2019 Champions League final, while Premier League title challenges fell away in 2016 and 2017.
City will clinch the title if they win at Crystal Palace on Saturday and second-placed Manchester United lose against Liverpool on Sunday.
City are 11 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and need a maximum of eight points from their remaining five games to clinch a third Premier League title in four seasons.