Sunday 20 August 2017

Chelsea can break Premier League wins record with victories over Watford and Sunderland

Chelsea players and manager Antonio Conte celebrate becoming Premier League Champions
Chelsea players and manager Antonio Conte celebrate becoming Premier League Champions
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Chelsea can make Premier League history this week despite already securing the title.

If Antonio Conte's men beat Watford and relegated Sunderland on Sunday's final day, Chelsea would become the first team in the Premier League era to win 30 games in a season.

They already hold the record with Jose Mourinho's title-winners recording 29 in both 2004/05 and 2005/06.

After completing the Premier League triumph with last Friday's 1-0 win at West Brom, Conte faces another challenge in the final week of the league season - balancing sentiment with planning for the Wembley showdown with Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

John Terry will hope to lift a 16th and final major trophy with Chelsea at Wembley and will have bid farewell to Stamford Bridge by then.

The 36-year-old has 715 appearances and could make three more, if he features in the remaining three games at the end of his 22 years of service.

Head coach Conte sees Terry as understudy to David Luiz in the centre of his three-man defence. And Luiz knows Chelsea must maintain momentum.

"If I say I'm not thinking about winning the double, I am a liar," he told the club's official website. "Of course we think about this, but we need to think day by day, rest well, keep ourselves very good in these next two games to have a top performance against Arsenal.

"It will be a difficult game against a fantastic team, so we need to be at a high level."

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