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COMMENTATOR: Just brilliant, just brilliant!
COMMENTATOR: What a turn, what a goal!
COMMENTATOR: Look at that. Oh, look at that!
It's been a big day in the Premier League,
but the big story of course was last night.
Alan Shearer and Ian Wright are standing by.
Antonio Conte's team travelled to West Brom knowing victory
would clinch the title with two games to spare.
West Brom's final home game of the season, but they'd be forgiven for
feeling like guests in their own house, because this is all about
Chelsea. One more win for the Premier League title. For Albion,
one change from last weekend's draw at Burnley, with Nyom returning an
defence. He takes the place of Marc Wilson. That means another start for
some field, four days after his 19th birthday. The teenagers daunting
midfield opponents will be Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic, but
Antonio Conte has the same Chelsea side that cruised to three more
points against Middlesbrough. N'Golo Kante is fit to return, but as a
substitute. It is Albion who get the Friday night action started in a
Hawthorns atmosphere that feels more like Stamford Bridge. Chelsea taking
over this little part of the West Midlands tonight. It has been
reported that some Chelsea supporters have paid thousands as...
Albion thrashing the first chance of the game and Forster is saved from
Courtois, Salomon Rondon nearly silenced the blue hordes behind that
Chelsea goal. Possibly dipping in, possibly it would have struck the
bar. Fabregas has gone for goal. He beat
Foster with the strike, but he beat the post as well. But it was there
to be struck. They are not close enough to block. Look how close --
Nyom not close enough to block. Look how close it was. Hazard looked for
Diego Costa, it nearly came to Fabregas. Livermore was not
expecting that ball towards him. There was another suggestion here of
hand ball, more than a suggestion. It was swept by the hand of Jonny
Evans. That's how to control it. He could see Cesc Fabregas mouth hand
ball, then just carry on playing almost in disbelief that it wasn't
spotted. I think Antonio Conte has met his match in terms of energy
expelled on the touchline this evening. Tony Pulis has been
charging around the box. Rondon gets it through. Bernard was offside.
Fletcher risen. McClean isn't. David Luiz has to turn it away with Chris
Brunt ready to put the ball in, and it's close to being the right ball
across from James McClean, with cover from David Luiz.
Moses! It's a super save by Ben Foster. Really smart reactions,
because that was fired through the legs of McClean. The goalkeeper
cannot really have been expecting that until it was cracked his way.
Peg Robert Harward it. Evans' header goes straight to cost. Lovely chest
down to Hazard, Hazard's pull-back was almost an own goal. Almost
kilometres from West Bromwich Albion's men at the back. Dawson's
heart wasn't half beating here. Turned straight against Yacob. It's
a good job that Claudio Yacob was stationed where he was. Yacob, a
good turn, but he didn't have time to complete the job. Didn't have the
room. Claim off overhand of Yacob, but to close for it to be seen as
hand ball. Rondon has got away from David Luiz. He needs to stay in
front of Kay has -- Cahill and Azpilicueta. Azpilicueta blocks it.
That would have been controversial. It came off the arm of Yacob, Rondon
David Rondon gave David Luiz the slip. You can see the anguish in
Antonio Conte's face. Hazard lost it to Yacob. Here's
Rondon. Rondon has Livermore in acres of space to the left.
Livermore against David Luiz. Livermore plays it in. That's
Chadli, it's wide. But as this game is opening up, the chances are
falling to West Bromwich Albion. Good vision there from Livermore.
Batshuayi, about to play in the Premier League for the 18th time,
everyone is a substitute. Just the one goal, at Watford, on the 20th of
August, seven minutes after he took the field. Let's put the clock on
him. Darren Fletcher has the tactical note in his hand. He seemed
to be looking at it two or three times before getting the gist of it
to pass on. It must be the manager's handwriting. Not many minutes to go.
Willian with the lifted ball in. Diego Costa. Brunt for Albion,
Marcos Alonso up there, Gary Cahill to hit. Azpilicueta. And it is
turned in by Michy Batshuayi! Chelsea have managed to find a way
through. It's so close now. The biggest Chelsea celebration ever
seen. Antonio Conte at the heart of it all. West Bromwich Albion just
could not get the ball away. It was sliced by Cahill. Chris Brunt
couldn't stop Cesar Azpilicueta from keeping the ball moving. A hopeful
turn into the middle and Michy Batshuayi, a bit part player for
Chelsea all season, might just have scored the goal that wins them the
Premier League. We knew that was coming. We knew that with that kind
of celebration when child -- we knew were there would be that kind of
celebration when Chelsea got their goal. Have West Brom got anything
left in them? They have given it a real fight. Five more minutes to
play. Chelsea aren't there yet. He is Darren Fletcher. Rondon! Saved by
Courtois. The flag is up anyway. It wouldn't have counted, but credit to
Thibaut Courtois for saying fully switched on. -- for staying fully
switched on. Foster with the big bash forward. David Luiz waiting for
it. Helped on towards Livermore. Michael Oliver has a look at his
watch. John Terry caught out by what he thought was about to be the
full-time whistle. Not the only one. Yacob. Blue is the colour of the
Premier League winners again. A more familiar name I gain, as Chelsea win
it for the fifth time, and an Italian who has masterminded things
again. All hail Antonio Conte. Three seasons, three titles with Juventus.
One in one with Chelsea, Mr 100%. Chelsea champions with two games to
spare. Full credit to West Bromwich Albion, who gave it one heck of a
fight tonight. At its Chelsea's Premier League. West Bromwich Albion
nil, Chelsea one. Chelsea, champions!
The obvious question is just how does that feel tonight? Can you see
my face? It feels amazing, it feels a special moment. We said there are
opportunities in football that you need to grab with both hands. We
felt we had to do that today. You can hear the celebrations now and I
can't wait to get back to the changing room. These are moments you
need to cherish, they don't come round every day. This trophy is
special and to do it two times in three years at Chelsea is fantastic.
I'm very proud. We needed to have the brakes go for others today, to
get the results and that's the difference sometimes. Nobody can say
they've had an easy game, they've come here and had an easy game,
we've really worked hard as a group. They've done that all season. A
wonderful group of lads who work hard, big hearts and big lungs again
today. Very, very proud of them. They commit with the workrate, great
will to decide to win this league in this season. It wasn't easy,
honestly, because we start the season with a lot of problems. But I
think that in the problems we found the right way to be stronger. He has
made his philosophy to come into our brain quickly, you know? Credit to
the players as well that we worked very hard and we understood quickly
what he wanted from us. The season is not over. We have two weeks now
to prepare well for the final, which is another fantastic, romantic
trophy that we want to win and to win the double, then it could be an
excellent season. We have to work for it now. It's great for me, it's
my first season, a new country, a new language, I'm happy to win this
league that for me is very strong. Why bother in a week on Sunday you
will be lifting the trophy. Is it going to be a long week? I can't
wait to get my hands on that trophy. It's going to be a special time, you
know. All our families will be there, it will be party time at
Stamford Bridge. I can't wait. I'm sure you can't. He's had a great
season, Chelsea have had a great season, congratulations to the new
champions. Worth a look back at the goal that decided it? There was a
big decision for the manager, West Brom made it difficult and took
Hazard off and Pedro off and brought Willian and Batshuayi on. It was a
bit of a scrappy goal, a mis-hit on the edge of the box from Gary
Cahill, when it eventually. In. But when it comes to Azpilicueta, who
has been brilliant all season and he puts it on a plate for Batshuayi,
for only his second league goal. What a time to come up with such an
important goal. You can see... There it goes! The easy as, the passion,
just everything about it filtered down to all his players all season.
Absolutely magnificent. And infectious personality. I suppose
the change, there's always something in a season, the shift in the
system, wasn't it, that was the definitive moment. That was the big
change. They'd been beaten to Liverpool, played Arsenal at the
Emirates and were hammered 3-0. Getting beaten 3-0 with this team,
Blake four at the back and it wasn't working. -- played four at the back.
He had to do something. This is the game of the Emirates, when the third
goal at Arsenal scored, they were battered. They got torn apart.
Sanchez and Ozil run riot that afternoon. But it on a plate for
them. Good finish, 3-0 at half-time. From then on he changed it. They
went to Hull and then played this team, this system, changed a couple
of players and then they went 13 games on the spin, winning games,
which was an incredible turnaround for a team that struggle. Had a real
consistency of selection, rather like Leicester last season, the team
that made the fewest changes went on to win the league. Admittedly they
didn't have Europe to worry about. That has to be said also, they
certainly benefited without being in Europe, but 38 changes, which when
you look at it compared to other teams in there, so they've used that
to their advantage. And also, when did you feel they'd actually
clinched it, apart from mathematically? Two three weeks ago
they went to Goodison Park against Everton. A lot of people were
thinking if it was going to go against them, then this was the
game, but again, they batted Everton. That was the turning point,
because Tottenham were on a winning run and you can imagine how
demoralising it was for Tottenham, winning all those games and they
went there. That was the game that the Chelsea players and staff,
looking at their reaction, that they thought it was nearly in the bag. A
word on Conte. What a wonderful job he's done in a short space of time.
It is. Just before the Arsenal game, there was talk about his job was in
jeopardy and after the Arsenal game, you can't believe it when you look
at how it's happened now, the way he's got players like Moses. Moses
was saying he didn't know where he was going to go, on loan, this
manager has kept him in there. Willian, an unbelievable player,
he's kept the whole squad happy. When you look at the way they are,
no red card, discipline has been very good. When you look at the way
he's kept the team together, you would say about the amount of
changes of players they've used, it's kept them together and he's
done that brilliantly. It's that assured calmness that he has off the
pitch. Worthy winners, good football. People say they are bit
counterattack, but they are great on the counter. Of course people
mention Moses and Alonso and Kante and Hazard but Fabregas, coming off
the bench, at integral moments, was fantastic. We mentioned Kante,
Hazard, Costa, but there is a case for mentioning all the players.
Azpilicueta also deserves a mention, played every minute of every league
game. He's every single Saturday, midweek, and eight or nine hours out
of ten, superb all season. Well done, Chelsea.
Let us turn our attention to today. That they near post ball to die for.
It is in towards Djourou. The shot is on here. Drops in for Bamford.
Swansea had the chance to take a giant stride towards safety at
relegated Sunderland, who did their opponents are huge favour last week
and by beating Hull. Steve Wilson was at the Stadium of Light.
COMMENTATOR: Jermain Defoe Willie bind many friendships when he leaves
this summer but none were bought and that with Bradley Lowry. Ten years
of an elite football at the Stadium of Light to an end. Fernando
Llorente's goals have been crucial for Swansea, none more important
than last week against Everton which put their fate back in their own
hands. A win today would keep them in control of their own destiny and
crank up the pressure on Hull City and Crystal Palace tomorrow. The
referee is Andre Mariner. Swansea City all in white against a
Sunderland side in red and white stripes, who are Championship bound.
That was into the feet of Fernando Llorente but then Naughton was then
fouled by Anichebe E. Gylfi Sigurdsson on this free for Swansea.
In if curtains are good for them towards Fernando Llorente. Swansea
in front after just eight minutes. Fernando Llorente soaks up the
celebrations. Yet another assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson. Pickford came and
didn't get there. Fernando Llorente heads Swansea in front. Not sure
Pickford really needed to come for it. The net was empty as a result
and Fernando Llorente found it. A perfect start. Cut out by Leon
Britton. That hit his own man and then the corner flag. Finally gone
behind for a Sunderland corner off the unlucky Tom Carroll. A wry smile
from the owner, Ellis Short. Larsson with the corner for Sunderland.
Lofted towards Jones who got the downward header. It might fall for
Defoe. You can't take your eyes off it with Jermain Defoe around. It
took a blocking save from Fabianski. I think he is just about awake.
Good feet, Carol. No kind of angle really. Olsen. The deflection on the
cross, Gibson with the header. He did well. Ki, Naughton making a
forward run, he is onside. And it is 2-0, a commend this finish. Huge
celebrations from the Swansea fans on high and the Swansea bench. They
lead by two. A really well worked goal and a thumping finish by Kyle
Naughton. His first ever goal for Swansea City. Great finish.
Sunderland 0- two Swansea City. Lashing it beyond Pickford into the
top corner of the Sunderland net. Defoe was caught by Fernandez, that
will be a free kick. Whilst he is on the pitch, Jermain Defoe, there is a
chance Sunderland will get something. The free kick that the
fell by Fernandez. An opportunity for Sebastian Larsson. Swansea
anxiety even at 2-0. Deflected off the wall. They are claiming
handball, Sunderland. Strong appeals. Larsson hits it. He
certainly moved his arm in the direction of the ball and moved his
body out of the way. It has hit his left hand. They may have a case
there. It will be a huge rebuilding job next season as David Moyes takes
over as a manager outside of the top flight for the first time since 2002
when he was the Preston boss. He may find that getting up is no easier
than staying up. That will be a free kick. It looked like Borini may have
felt him before Leroy Fer got anywhere near him but the decision
has gone Sunderland's way. If Swansea don't win this game from
here, with just the last quarter of it to play, it would be supremely
careless. Khazri looks most keen, Defoe is there as well, it is
Khazri. Pushed back dangerously. He did score last week Billy Jones but
this may have come to the wrong man. Fabianski pushing it right back into
the danger area. Jones could not hit the target. Face planted in the
turf. As the chance was wasted and what they chance.
Play answers the referee. It has come to Khazri. Defoe. Deflected for
a corner. A good run by the Italian. Naughton stuck his leg out but Andre
Mariner said play on and Sunderland nearly took advantage. The last
ticket stub from their season tickets has been used. Many of them
look pretty thankful for that. Andre Mariner blows his whistle. Swansea
aren't quite safe yet but they may be tomorrow. Even if they are not,
they have West Bromwich Albion at home on the final day of the season
with the fate in their own hands. Sunderland depart to the
Championship with doing ringing in their ears. It has been a Sunderland
0- two Swansea City. Can you sum up in one sentence what Paul Clement
has done best to mark the Game to Swansea at a difficult time? He came
in and gave us confident. He got the lads believing in themselves again
and we worked a lot on how to press correctly and stuff. It has shown
and we have picked up some good results. We started quite well with
some half opportunities. And the goalkeeper has been fantastic --
fantastic for us all year. He made a mistake at Southampton early on but
he knows he shouldn't come and get involved in a free kick from so
deep. Ultimately the first goal meant Swansea could keep the ball
when they had it. We found it hard chasing it. A huge task for us, we
don't think it is done but we think we did a really good job today. We
look ahead to next week, there is one game to go. We will be looking
at that with a lot of interest tomorrow for a Hull and Crystal
Palace but a good result against West Brom to finish the season
strongly. A huge game at Selhurst Park tomorrow or Hull and Crystal
Palace as well. Swansea have done what they had to do. They found a
bit of form at the right time, as has their striker, Fernando
Llorente. A couple of ways ago he took criticism after the Watford
game, don't think they took too kindly to it but I thought at the
sign that it was justified. Particularly when you see what he is
capable of. Today, as their main man, he has had 42 touches. He was
their focal point and was brilliant for them today. I know they are
playing Sunderland but his hold-up play against Kone and John O'Shea,
they couldn't get near him. His quality, keeping the ball. Linking
the play. Again, he made space for himself, turning it inside, he was
doing this all day. This is the goal. Seven headers this season, no
one has scored more headers than him this season. John O'Shea gets
himself all over the place. How can you blame with the keeper with those
two playing in front of him all season. He runs out wide and keeps
the ball. He kept Swansea playing and getting on the ball. Same with
Leon Britton, he is always there, just flicking it on. He was
brilliant for them today. He was fantastic. And that is why, the
criticism was justified last week because that is what he is capable
of. Then he plays like that he is hard to deal with. Sunderland's last
home game in the Premier League and judging by that performance it might
be a while before they get back. They need to improve considerably.
David Moyes and Ellis Short have been criticised and deservedly
Lasogga season and deservedly so. But in the first 45 minutes, the
players were disgraceful. There was a complete lack of effort. The last
home game of the season they have been relegated. You think give the
fans give something to shout about. There was a lack of effort. It was
lazy, there was nothing in the performance at all. No pressure on
the ball, how easy is that for Swansea? He goes on his own, goes
once, twice, three times and eventually he looks around and
thinks any danger of someone helping him here. Again, he is walking back,
decides now to jog back. Lo and behold offside. That is just a lack
of effort. John O'Shea had a terrible game. He plays the ball to
Manquillo, look at this. That is just pathetic. Moaning at the
referee. Nothing to get back at all and this is the goal. He should do
better to stop him. Khazri on the right-hand side, lazy, lets him run
and Manquillo has to do better. It was pathetic. I am surprised the
fans lasted so long. They should be asking for their money back today
because it was that bad. That team needs major surgery in the
Championship because there is no team that team there will get back
in the Premier League. The battle for Champions League football next
season continues. Manchester city were fourth going into their game
against Leicester. John Watson was at the Etihad Stadium. COMMENTATOR:
It was a humbling 4-2 defeat that prompted Pep Guardiola to rethink
his early Manchester city line-ups. Only two players in today's starting
team, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva macro were in the 11 at the
King power. What a contrast now. He now names and unchanged line-up in
the Premier League for the very first time. Robert Huth joins Wes
Morgan and Danny Kent water on the Leicester injury list. Cheistian
Fuchs comes in and then Chilton at left back. Andy King starts in
midfield. You could call Craig Shakespeare a manager in waiting,
winning seven of his ten Premier League games and his team have
scored two goals or more in eight of them. Jesus making progress into the
centre. So was Raheem Sterling for that matter. It is a corner to
Manchester city. Leicester have to be attentive here after what
happened to Crystal Palace last week. The presence of Vincent
Kompany and Otamendi has to be accounted for. A thumping header.
They had some big people in there, Manchester city. They were looking
at Kompany and Otamendi but it was Fernandinho. He has done well, the
left back. He has forced a Leicester City corner, their first of the
match. No Robert Huth today. Manchester city will be pleased
about that, he scored twice for Leicester here last season. He
scored a beauty against Watford last week. Not far away this time with
the header. Only one city the fans are charging, there are two on the
pitch. The Manchester city team having more of the play here.
There is the pull-back and there is the goal. A quick look at the
linesman by David Silva but he has called his 50th goal last week and
he has the first one again today. They are protesting, look at this.
This is why I was hesitating. Kasper Schmeichel continues the argument.
Lamerat the Etihad. Manchester City are in front and David Silva, there
is no suggestion of offside, right on the line on the six yard line.
The debate has to be did Raheem Sterling touch it? The way the
players went to Silva, I don't think he did, in which case, the goal
stood. As it was, the offside was as marginal as you could get. They are
still arguing about it down there. Craig Shakespeare on the fourth
official. Jesus in there, trying to make an
impact. Sane might hear. Hence it back. Oh, David Silva was in there
again. There's De Bruyne. That was the eye of the needle stuff, trying
to get Sane through again. Goodness me! Penalty! Surely? What
on earth was Benalouane doing there? How old of Sane to run in at
defenders in that tight space. -- bold. He's taken out. There's no
question about that. He may have just touched the ball, but my
goodness coming you could say Sane made a lot of it as he went over.
But you can't live in like that in those situations. -- you can't dive
in. And Jesus finds the bottom corner. Beautiful penalty.
Schmeichel, no chance. Manchester City two, Leicester City nil. And
that goal was clearly the reward for clever dribbling inside the penalty
area. Benalouane panicked. Jesus put the penalty away. And Manchester
City are now in charge of this game. Took to inside by Mahrez. Hasn't
really figured very much in the game so far, Mahrez, but is found
Albrighton. Okazaki on his way in the middle. What a goal! Leicester
City are back in business and its Shinji Okazaki with his first goal
in 24 games. Hasn't scored since he found the net against Sunderland in
December, but what a way to end a barren run. That's an excellent
volley. Mahrez out to Albrighton, a deep cross. Tremendous volley,
Otamendi couldn't get to him and Leicester are back in it. Back in it
at 2-1. Toure has given it away to Ndidi.
Backheel from Okazaki. Now Vardy escapes on the right-hand side.
Albrighton is moving into the Centre for Leicester. Could have been 2-2.
Perhaps should have been. Kasper Schmeichel wants to thump
this forward in the direction of Marc Albrighton. He's taken one in
the face again. He got one in the face from the ball earlier and that
looks to be just about the same place. Very angry, the Leicester
player. Now, a clear indication by Albrighton that he feels it was an
elbow. He's got a big bruise underneath his right eye. Oh, yes,
he's saying, elbow. Whether that was a deliberate attempt to make contact
by Fernandinho is debatable. It might have just been the arm
happened to be up, but Albrighton has been given lengthy treatment and
still wants to come back on. Dangerous... When he gets on the
ball like that, penalty! Yes, I think it has to be. Mahrez coming in
on the far side and Guardiola will be furious about that. It was a
careless challenge on the edge of the area. It's Gael Clichy will stop
it gives Leicester City the chance to equalise. It's all down to Riyad
Mahrez here. Set a landmark last week, the first Algerian to make 100
Premier League appearances and he could change the course of this
game. Oh, he has. Now, why are they appealing, Manchester City? Two
touches of the ball, maybe? That was an unusual one. And as a result of
that it isn't a retake, it's a free kick to Manchester City. Yes, he's
played it with his left foot, onto his right. Playing the ball twice by
the penalty taker is an offence punished by a free kick to the
opposing side. You don't see that very often, do you? Paul Craig
Shakespeare is so disappointed. They thought they'd made it 2-2, and they
are still 2-1 down. Leicester throwing everything in here. Daniel
Amartey, Benalouane still in the danger area in the middle.
Supporting Vardy. Gray is also that. There's Vardy. On the near post.
Jamie Vardy close to making it 2-24 Leicester City. -- 2-2, four
Leicester City. Clear up the first goal for us. The Man City ball
player is an offside position when the ball was struck. The first
offside as the ball goes across him which prevents me from seeing the
ball. The second as he prevents Christian Fuchs from moving towards
the ball because he stood in the way of him. Thirdly, he goes for the
ball, three times offside which makes it inextricable to me why it
wasn't given. We had chances at the byline and after that we didn't
finish. In the second half we didn't know whether to attack or defend.
When you play in that wake, it happens and it isn't easy, we play
for it because for the club to be in Europe next season, that's why
sometimes it's not easy to play this kind of game. Are said to the
players in there I think they showed the spirit, the determinations, the
togetherness and also some quality as well and I thought second half we
threw everything at Man City, who we know are good side and offensively
we had to be aware of the counterattack but you saw from the
players the spirit that they showed and we were lucky Wood unlucky not
to come out with something in the end. Indeed, a few decisions to
debate. Yes, there was a few, it was a tough game for the referee out
there. Big decisions, probably this one being the biggest one. Silva, we
spoke to the Premier League and they said the officials felt that Raheem
Sterling was not impacting on Kasper Schmeichel or Christian Fuchs. Well,
I disagree here. He has to be here. The question I would ask if would
Kasper Schmeichel or Christian Fuchs have a better chance of getting to
the ball of sterling is not there? You have to say, the answer is yes,
of course he would. So I think he has to be off there, offside there.
I don't then there should be any doubt about that whatsoever. Have a
look here, it has to be. He has to be in his byline. He'd have a better
chance of getting the ball if he was there. We don't know for certain
whether he would or not but he'd have to have a better chance of
getting to it. This is an elbow. I think it's accidental. Fernandinho
one Albrighton. It looks very nasty from this angle, but I think is just
putting his hands up to get out of the way of him and it looks nasty
there and Albrighton isn't happy at all. A nasty cut above his eye
there. Penalty decision here. It's absolutely correct. It's tight but
it's on the line. So the referee gets that one correct. No doubt
about that one at all. But another big talking point here is Mahrez.
I've seen these happened many times and I've never seen them disallowed
before. It's harsh, but the referee gets the more correct because he
does hit the ball twice. Now they have to change that law there
because it was brought in for that. You can't legislate for him slipping
up there. Is to stop players dribbling at the goal. Yes, so the
referee is right to disallowed but they have to change the law. It's a
stupid law when that happens. So those were the big decisions. You
can see what it means to Pep. City have been playing really well and
played good football recently but you won't overly impressed today. I
thought they were nervy, indecisive. Pep Guardiola was relieved. View the
Sane, blasting it, really wasteful. A great opportunity for Clichy, he's
coming in, I've seen him score, just smash it, passes the buck, passes it
to Leroy Sane, who has to try to smash it through a load of players
himself. The same here, we know Fernandinho has a great strike on
him. Instead of striking it he tries to pass it out there, he passes it
outside the box. Very indecisive. They were very fortunate. Jesus,
this is a great break for them, exactly what Shakespeare was afraid
of. They could feed it around the corner for Sterling to get a tap in,
he tries the outside of the right foot, nothing came of it and Aguero
has a couple of opportunities. He could play that into Sane. He's been
having a great season. You fancy him to finish that. He could debate over
the back to Jesus, he ignores Jesus. Didn't pass it to him. I think he
was on a crusade by them. This one, with their quality you would think
they would exploit this, a great opportunity, passes it into Sane and
its wasteful. He passes it away from city. They were very fortunate
today. How would you judge Pep Guardiola's first season. No
trophies but they've probably qualified? As we sit here now, when
you combine to Chelsea, won the league. That's where they were at
one stage. Eight points clear of Chelsea at the beck and of
September. Tottenham, third last year, looks like they will be
second, Liverpool will be a success if they finished in the champions
spot, Arsenal will win the FA -- Arsenal can win the FA Cup and get
in the top four, out of all of them I think City have had a
disappointing season. A big test for Pep next season. A learning curve.
It's been a good few days for Arsenal, who followed up beating
Manchester United last weekend with a win at Southampton
The Gunners were in action at Stoke, where they've won just once in eight
Simon Brotherton was at the Bet365 Stadium.
Back in form, but will it prove to be too little too late for Arsenal?
Many the time they have stumbled that Stoke. It's seven years since
they last won here in the league. Erik Pieters returns for Stoke Fulas
lost this fixture seven years ago, while Lauren Koscielny is back to
Captain Arsenal, one of four changes to the side that won at Southampton.
Coquelin well forward here. Corner. Off Ryan Shawcross, the Stoke City
captain. In from Ozil. Good stop by Jack
Butland. Just got his fingertips to that. They piloted the plane and
everybody else I think we'll have to wait another two or three weeks to
find out what's happening with Arsenal's manager. Still
concentrating on trying to get it into the top four for the time
being. Picking out Bellerin. It's in towards Giroud and Nacho Monreal was
there. Ozil couldn't make a connection from just inside the
penalty spot, but Nacho Monreal so close to putting Arsenal ahead.
Nacho Monreal seeing his header bounce off the upright. 11 draws for
Mark Hughes' team this season, only Manchester United and Middlesbrough
have drawn more going into the weekend. Martins Indi there once
again, he's had an excellent year on his loan spell from Porto, hasn't
missed a game since he arrived at the back end of last August. Might
be busy in a moment as Arsenal looked to make a breakthrough.
Hector Bellerin, Giroud with the easy finish! Just over three minutes
remaining in the first half, Arsenal have their breakthrough that their
dominance of possession deserves. And Olivier Giroud, with his 15th
goal of the season, just what Arsenal need and an easy tap in for
Giroud. Right in front of the posts. Arsenal ahead in a league match on
this ground for the first time in seven years.
Koscielny against weeping as a way to the far side. -- Koscielny again
sweeping it away to the far side. Sanchez, a return pass. It was
perfect. What a goal! Straight through the heart of the Stoke City
defence. What a pass from Alexis Sanchez, and a lovely finish from
Mesut Ozil. Stoke City nil, Arsenal two. And on this evidence, the race
for a top four finishes still alive. Well, it had been coming. Arsenal
have had so much of the play. 2-0 Arsenal and it doesn't flatter them
at all. Arnautovic, he's away from Holding this time and it's gone
wide. Looks to the skies and wonders how he didn't put that in the back
of the net. Here's Shaqiri, looks to be the player to try to pick the
lock. The. -- to try to pick the lock, for Stoke City. Pieters in.
Too high for Shawcross, who stayed in the six yard box. It's another
Stoke City corner, this one off the head of Monreal. Players queueing up
inside the box. They are throwing a lot at Arsenal.
Headed back in and over the top by Petr Cech. Distinct pressure from
Stoke City. He makes the challenge. No foul says Mike Dean. One or two
of the players had to be reminded there. Shawcross getting in ahead of
a hero. Both managers on the edge of the technical areas. A bit more of a
game on our hands here. He goes sliding in on Crouch. Stoke City
still looking for a route back into it, an and Peter Crouch was there,
they have a goal. He has only been on the field for a few minutes.
Arsenal were sailing serenely towards three points but suddenly
Stoke City are making a game of it. So much so that that Arsene Wenger
was actually on the pitch a few moments ago. As the ball comes in,
it comes Peter Crouch's arm. Not quite the hand of God but it
certainly got Stoke City back in the game and we will hear more about it.
Arsene Wenger still stewing and still unhappy about some of the
challenges in the lead up to what turned to be Stoke City's goal.
Steam coming out of his ears now. The fourth official is getting it in
the neck. Alexis Sanchez sprinting clear. Asking too much of his
team-mate who claims he was held back. It looks as if Sanchez wants
to come. No sign of any activity for Arsenal at the moment. Holding has
done well. Bellorin. Sanchez. Sanchez might fancy this, he does.
Arsenal lead by two again. A couple of minutes ago he was sitting on the
ground signalling he wanted to come. Ignored by his manager, Alexis
Sanchez has picked himself up and restored Arsenal's two goal lead.
This might well be his last contribution to the game and it
could be a decisive one. It took a deflection off Ryan Shawcross. That
takes it away from Jack Butland. After a rocky few minutes, Arsenal
feeling better about themselves again.
Djourou collect, he has some support. Arsenal looking for another
one here. Still going. Butland with this save to deny Ramsey, his first
touch since coming off the bench. What an introduction that nearly was
for the Welsh international. Couldn't quite find the back of the
net. A lovely pass. Ramsey against driving forward and causing
problems. A good ball back in and it is four. The Djourou with his second
of the match. No doubt about where the points are going now. The race
for the top four still on for Arsenal. Mesut Ozil with the pass.
Ramsey, the substitute. Away from Johnson. And Djourou sliding in
behind Shawcross. I am sure there are plenty of venues that Arsenal
would have preferred to head to other than this one but it has not
stopped them today. Petr Cech makes the save to deny Kamran. His 400th
appearance. In the Premier League for Petr Cech this afternoon.
Peter Crouch goes sliding in. Didn't like the challenge, yellow card for
Peter Crouch. Those sliding in on Xhaka. There goes the final whistle.
The race for the top four still very much alive, a big win for Arsenal.
They win at Stoke for the first time in seven years.
The focus is there, the desire to play together is there. The fighting
spirit is there and we are pleased with that. There was a spell in the
second-half when they scored and it became very lively for few minutes.
You'll aggro when they scored with a handball, yes. They made it rough.
In games like that when you go to Stoke, you need at some stage to
such tough -- suffer and stick together. We needed to ask more
questions Arsenal. For them it was a straightforward win. We needed to
affect them more than we did. There were moments when we could. The
goals that the source. Won it has been a voodoo ground for the last
few years so to come in and get the win and keep the fans quiet was
good. Two magically you still have a chance? That is what you want. We
just have to win our games. STUDIO: He has not been one for changing his
system over the years but he has suddenly introduced three at the
back and it is working for them. The wingbacks today, Stoke were terrible
today but they were made to look terrible because of this system with
Bellorin and Monreal. Everything good about Arsenal going forward,
they played a key part in it. Monreal should actually score.
Bellerin had more touches in the Stoke box more than any other
Arsenal player. That is how effective he was today. They played
very well. A good ball and a better ball and it would have led to
another goal. Stretching them again, this was the goal. Bellorin on the
right and he puts it on a plate full Djourou. But for a ten minute spell
when they got that goal that should have been disallowed, Arsenal
absolutely battered them. Finishing the season well. A change of tactics
but we still don't know if there will be a change of manager. I know
that is something, I believe it is ridiculous. We have another one of
these. Probably Piers Morgan. This season, people are saying when the
pressure is on, they don't react. The last few games, they have
reacted to the pressure, they have had to win. You can't legislate for
how poor Stoke play today and I don't think Man United were great
the other day but I believe if they can win the FA Cup, which is going
to be tough I think that has to be a good season. If they don't win it?
Denis Pugh got the number of the bloke with the banner? Three games
on Match of the Day 2 with big implications at both ends of the
table. COMMENTATOR: Benteke. Anfield silence. What a fabulous goal. Super
play. It is in. Commentary of all three games on
five live and the BBC sport website. Bournemouth, final home game of the
season coming against Burnley side that reached the 40 point mark last
weekend. Martin Fisher was at the Vitality Stadium. COMMENTATOR: Two
games to go and Josh King won't want this season to end. His tally of 15
goals makes in Bournemouth's top scorer and four of them have come in
his last six games. Junior Stanislas spent three years at Burnley. It was
his current manager here, Eddie Howe, who took him there. Sam Vokes
was another signing in his brief spell in charge at Turf Moor and the
Welsh international began his career as a 17-year-old here.
Barns with his arm raised. He collect is and carries it forward.
Stanislas to his right. King bursting into the penalty area,
there he is. Not far away from getting a touch on that. A good
early delivery from Junior Stanislas. King was about two yards
away from launching himself at that. Only six other clubs have scored
more than Bournemouth this season in the Premier League. Lewis Cook
looking for Stanislas. And stroked home. Beautifully taken by Junior
Stanislas. The former Burnley man. The man that was signed for Burnley
by Eddie Howe and then from Burnley by Eddie Howe. And Junior Stanislas
puts Bournemouth in front with the first shot on target we have had
today. Such a superb calm and controlled finish by Stanislas. Took
advantage of the fact that perhaps Tom Heaton's positioning and balance
was not quite correct. There was a big gap there and Stanislas just
strokes it home. Eddie Howe played in the Bournemouth in the last time
they beat Burnley Way back in November 19 98. He was even more
freshfaced then than he is now. The shot is on here, Arfield. A whisker
wide. From Scott Arfield, he has a new scored once this season and that
was way back in October. After some unconvincing defending, there was an
opportunity. Not sure that Barnes was going to get to it. Landmark
occasion for Sean Dyche, 200th league game as manager of Burnley.
He succeeded Eddie Howe in 2012. Daniels is there in support. They
have three offering around the penalty area. Stanislas. It will
drop for few. A toe poke in the end. Maybe when he watches that back, he
will appreciate that King was to his left in space. And he might have
benefited from a pass his way. The Vitality Stadium applauding in
memory of Paul Willis, who sadly passed away at the age of just 40,
known to all fans is number 44. Described by Cherries legend Steve
Fletcher has heart of the AFC Bournemouth family.
Westward looking for Vokes. Here is our field. Not far wide. One of the
Burnley chances, they seem to be dropping to his feet. Inches away
from levelling it at 1-1. Burnley offering something and Bournemouth
might need a second to win this game. King will keep it in. He has
got the better of long. The deflection took it wide of goal.
King full of strength and menace and belief. Outmuscle in the defender,
bearing down on goal and asked the question of the defender who got his
body in the way. Vokes got a touch and he has a goal.
Burnley have levelled. Seven minutes from time. Sam Vokes scores on the
ground where it all started for him. Some 11 years ago. Those Burnley
fans who set off early this morning to make the long trip from
Lancashire down to the south coast have sudden -- something to smile
about. Samberg says the man of the moment for Burnley, provides a
lovely touch from Goodmans and and it is 1-1. It will reach Fraser.
King waits in the centre. King, 2-1 Bournemouth. Burnley appeal in vain
for offside. Josh King keeps on scoring goals. 16 for the season for
him now. Burnley just switched off momentarily, two minutes after
levelling. They are now behind again and it is Josh King again. A lovely
ball in. He is calm enough to stroke it under the advancing body of Tom
Heaton. The quality of the ball from Fraser should be applauded as should
the composed finish of Josh King. Who is just losing confidence in
front of goal now. And there goes the final whistle. Eddie Howe's
Bournemouth can celebrate their best ever season since their formation in
1899. The final score on their final day at home this season, Bournemouth
2-1 Burnley. A really good day for us today,
we're safe. Thankfully the players were scrappy first half but the
second half we were excellent. If we hadn't won that game it would have
been a real injustice. We've had some big results in some really
important games. We looked flat today, maybe one game too many and
we feel it a bit but we've done a good job over the season. I'm not
harsh on the players. You, Harry Kane Andrew Mullen Lukaku were by
far the top scorers this year, so what does it mean for you to be in
that sort of company? I'm proud, but they've done it over two or three
seasons. This is my first season were put my name up there and
obviously I have to prove myself next season and try to start the
season as I finished it. I want to help the club and help the gaffer
reach new levels. We are on way. We have more points than we did last
season. We still have a game to go. He's scored more goals this season
than in his entire career put together. Remarkable, he deserves a
few plaudits. Absolutely, five in 64 at Blackburn, so this run of form is
brilliant and when you consider that his goals have been worth 12 points,
Bournemouth brilliant and when you consider that
his goals have been worth 12 points, Bournemouth would be the bottom
three if it wasn't for him. You can see the confidence has come with the
fact is scoring goals. Great strength and determination, a great
block by the defender. Again, making a great run off the back of the
defender. Can't quite get there. It's a good run, the ball wasn't
quite good enough. Great play, good skill, good composure, good skills.
Again, like I say, nice lay-off. This is all about strength and
determination. Great pace. When he gets there. Nudges him out there,
gets a bit of luck and has the strength and determination. I think
this goal is just a fantastic goal. I can't tell you how great this
touch is, how he's cautioned that and the composure to finish it. You
see a better touch here, just to cushion that is a beautiful touch.
When you listen to the way he speaks, he's obviously very
level-headed. He's saying all the right things, very attractive player
to me. Certainly does. It's no wins in five
for Southampton. They faced Middlesbrough,
who'll be back in the Championship next season after relegation
was confirmed by a 3-0 defeat Patrick Bamford made a big
impression in the Championship on loan at Middlesbrough. The striker,
who will be an important player here next season, makes his first start
for Boro since joining. This could be a Riverside farewell from Ben
Gibson, making a move away from Teesside. Caceres mixes Southampton
debut, having been an unused substitute for the Saints' last 11
matches. Boufal scored a brilliant goal in December, 17 changes made by
Claude Puel. Middlesbrough's relegation confirmed with the defeat
at Chelsea on Monday night, but Steve Agnew says that the team have
plenty to do in their remaining two matches. They'd like to finish the
season in some style, with some momentum, to take into the next
campaign. Given away by Caceres. Plays it down for Middlesbrough. The
referee says play on and the shot in the end came from Bamford. And
eventually Anthony Taylor says that is a free kick for Middlesbrough. It
is and Gradel takes a touch Micro off the wall for a corner. Off
Yoshida. Middlesbrough's first corner. Slightly different from
them, as well. Still plenty forward in the penalty area. Forshaw will
whip it just wide. Friend with it. It wasn't the conventional corner
delivery from Middlesbrough that we might have been expecting. George
Friend at the far post rising high, just wide of Southampton's post.
Plenty of decisions to be made in the coming weeks by Steve Gibson,
most notably who is to be the new permanent manager. We'll Steve Agnew
be given the opportunity? -- will Steve Agnew be given the
opportunity? Gibson looking to close Long down. Long's ball in, Rodriguez
and Southampton get the opening goal just before half-time. Simple yet
perfect in its execution. Long definitely onside. You can see the
run that Rodriguez makes, just holding back, waiting for the ball
to be played across by Shane Long. The six goal of the season for Jay
Rodriguez and its Middlesbrough nil, Southampton one.
Chambers with the ball forward. On by Negredo. Drops in for Bamford.
Who fluffed his lines. It could be argued that this is Middlesbrough's
best chance of the match so far. Bamford with a horrible hit.
Mostly works, Nathan Redmond, Redmond with the shot. -- it was
nicely worked. That might just seal it for Southampton. Nathan Redmond
honours the at half-time -- he was on as a substitute at half-time.
Perfect finish into the top corner. Middlesbrough nil, Southampton two.
It's a long way back now for Middlesbrough this afternoon.
Bertranou, in towards Long. Guzan comes out to meet it and the referee
says penalty kick for the foul by Brad Guzan on Shane Long. Always
looked possible as Guzan raced towards the ball. And Southampton
with the opportunity to score a third goal and inflict further
misery on Middlesbrough. And now Long will try and place this penalty
kick past Brad Guzan. He's Mr! -- he has missed it! To high off the top
of the bar and there's a wry smile from Shane Long. It remains 2- 02
Southampton, when it could so have been three. -- it remains 2-0, to
Southampton. Arriving late at the far post was George Friend. It's a
corner kick. As it comes off the Southampton defender.
It's a dangerous one, and it's in. Patrick Bamford. Patrick Bamford
gets his first goal for Middlesbrough since rejoining the
club. You can see by the look on his face just how happy he is about it.
Plenty of bodies going in for it and the final touch was that of the
Middlesbrough striker. Middlesbrough one, Southampton two.
A goal from Steve Agnew's side, just their 17th at home here at the
Riverside this season in the Premier League. The fourth official, Mike
Jones, is about to show is how much additional time we are going to
have. It will be a minimum of four minutes additional time. Not --
knocked up Bacchin by Leadbitter. Austin's header. Chambers, what a
save that is from Fraser Forster. Calum Chambers, so close to getting
an equaliser for models brat against his former club. He hit that with
some venom and Forster was right behind him. It was a little
difficult at the end of the game because we can score the goal and
after the last minute, they believed to come back and it was difficult
with long kicks, a long ball, but it was important to maintain its to get
the result. It's a good thing. To be fair, I always think if I start a
game I always believe I'll score, so to be honest I started two games in
two years, so it was nice, it was a big relief and a lot of pressure off
my shoulders. Times like this is disappointing for all others, but
most importantly it is about Middlesbrough Football Club and it's
about Middlesbrough Football Club getting into a position next season
where we have a fantastic opportunity to bounce back and play
in the league that we've just played in all season. Gareth Southgate was
watching the game and two English and -- internationals, obviously
only played a game or so, but stood out for you. Rodriguez and Redmond,
they couldn't cope, Middlesbrough, with these two players. Gave
Rodriguez too much space. The technique to guide that in and
control that in the way he did on the half volley, it's a hell of a
finish. It wasn't easy. Clayton rugby tackling Rodriguez here, it's
the only way they were going to stop him. This is Redmond's goal, into
Rhodri Gross, to Redmond, what a hell of a finish this is. That's
seven goals now, his best return in a season and you're right, Gareth
Southgate was there. You never know, do you? Putting good performances.
We must mention Patrick Bamford. He's had a hell of a long wait, 760
days to score a goal and his first Premier League goal. He's so happy.
I've never seen anyone celebrate this long! I can only look, none of
his team-mates come with him. Look, I will have to give him a call and
find out if he's on a Zlatan bonus because that's the only reason he's
celebrating that long! Still celebrating, brilliant. Good luck to
him. Middlesbrough down, they went down earlier this week. Are they in
a better situation to bounce back than their north-east rivals,
Sunderland? I'd take more players out of the Middlesbrough team than
the Sunderland team. At least they are trying and that's one thing. If
you have someone giving US and you have half a chance. -- if someone is
giving you effort, you have half a chance.
The other game last night saw Everton take
Everton supporters are wondering if this is the last time they'll feed
Barkley wind blowing Everton Park. Watford have lost their last five
away games without scoring a goal and have never beaten Everton on
Merseyside. In the driving rain come Watford, on a ground where they've
lost nine of the ten league visits. Only a draw on the opening day of
last season to show for their efforts. Into Barkley, trying to
wriggle his way through. Denied by Aurelio Gomez. There's Barkley
again, lovely skill. It was Deeney, all the way back there, with the
block. He's been on the name of every Evertonians's lips in the last
24 hours, Ross Barkley. If he scores for the team tonight, his manager
wants that answer about his future, after the last game of the season
against Arsenal. Barkley has gone a game for the
return. He's got Everton a corner. The first of the game. Leighton
Baines to deliver it for Everton. In towards Jagielka. Terrific reflex
save from Gomes. Jagielka has got three goals recently. Gomes washed
it all away. Merseyside monsoon continues. Not many goals -- not
raining goals just yet. Good run from Holebas. Schneiderlin with the
interception. Now Davis. -- now Davies, encouraged to have a go,
beaten away by Gomes. Player of the Season this week. Searching for a
12th home league win of the season, 12 hours now of football for
Watford. They have to try to prevent one here. Barkley, a good effort.
Breakthrough! Well, he's been the talk of the town in the last 24
hours on Merseyside. They can talk about his football there. And if it
is to be his last appearance at Goodison in Everton blue, he's on
the scoresheet. Watford backed off and Barkley drove it past Gomes, his
fifth Premier League goal of the season. Everton one, Watford nil.
Lukaku on the overlap. Lukaku on the follow-up. He looks hopefully
towards Kevin friend, who is unmoved. That is a penalty.
Trying to stay onside. Can Everton profit here? And Everton corner.
In from Baines. There is the header from Morgan Schneiderlin. He wasn't
far away. Couldn't quite keep it down. This Everton making a change
with 11 minutes to go. And it is Ross Barkley who is going off. And
only time will tell if this is the last opportunity for a Goodison
crowd to give a standing ovation to Ross Barkley in and Everton shirt.
Everton have an aerial duel to deal with. They have Robles to thank for
keeping it out. He has not had much to do tonight but had to maintain
his concentration levels here. We deserved at least a draw. Nothing
goes in our favour. We played well and I want to congratulate my
players. Everyone knows the qualities of the players. OK, it is
not up to the club or the manager, it is up to the player. Still we
hope he will sign that contract, if not, OK. He will search for another
place. We have too no, that is the responsibility of the player. Or his
agent. If you don't continue, OK but tell us and don't keep it quiet. So
nobody knows what will happen till next season. Unusually blunt for a
manager to be so open about the situation of a play about more goals
but the winner there, he needs to know either way. That is the Dutch
way, they say what they think. He is right. You should let them know
about what is going on. This is what he is capable of and what we want to
see more of from Ross Barkley. This is where he can cause damage. What
you want to do is see this more consistently. The fact is that if he
goes, he goes for a lot of money. And they will want to see it on a
more consistent basis. Has he realised his potential? He has had a
decent season. He got a telling off by his manager early in the season.
It is an important time in his career, he has to click on and
progress and get better and better. Ronald Koeman saying it is pretty
much down to him, you were big stars in your own time, what would you do
in his position? I don't know what is happening off the field in
respect of Liverpool but I would probably stay there and try to get
games by the scruff of the neck and be more consistent. You have to
decide who is in for him as well. He and his agent will know and then he
will make a decision. Just about out of time, before we leave, we will
look at the Premier League table. With Chelsea having secured the
title on Friday, the focus at the top is now on Champions League
qualification. Wins for Manchester City and Arsenal have put added
pressure on Liverpool ahead of their trip to West Ham. Hull will be
relegated this weekend unless they avoid defeat against Crystal Palace.
Swansea's fate is in their own hands, if they beat West Brom next
week they will definitely be safe. Let us see what the papers say. The
headline would be confirmed departure of Pablo Zabaleta. Arsene
Wenger staying at Arsenal according to the Sunday express with Riyad
Mahrez and Ben Gibson among his transfer targets. And the Sunday
Telegraph says Antonio Conte will be made the highest-paid manager in
Chelsea's history and given 200 million to spend in the summer, on
the team I assume rather than himself. Blue is the colour. Chelsea
is the name on the Premier League trophy. From all of us here,
goodbye. COMMENTATOR: What a save by Thibaut
Courtois. David Luiz to hit it. Cahill. Victor Moses. It is Alonso,
it is in. Nemanja Matic, sorting matters out for Chelsea. Pedro has
his side level. Brilliant play from Diego Costa. A goal to save from
Eden Hazard. Blue is the colour of the Premier League winners again.
You're looking at a room of double glazing salesman.