Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill have been reflecting on yesterday’s 5-1 victory over Sunderland, the send-off for John Terry and the title-winning campaign.
The Blues brought the curtain down on our league season after coming from behind to secure our 30th win of the season, setting a new record in the process.
Hazard scored arguably the most important goal of the day to make it 2-1 – his 17th of the season – and the Belgian immediately set his sights on adding the FA Cup to his collection next Saturday.
‘It was a good afternoon and a good season for all of us,’ said Hazard. ‘It’s always good to win. We have another trophy to try to take next week, so we can celebrate with the fans but we have to be ready for the final, and if we win that it will have been a fantastic season.
‘Maybe it’s better (than when we won the title in 2014/15) because last season we didn’t play well and we proved to all of the fans that we are Chelsea, we have good players and we are champions.’
Terry, playing at Stamford Bridge for the final time, was given a magnificent reception by the home supporters and was afforded a guard of honour when he was withdrawn for Cahill in the 26th minute.
‘We wanted to win, we didn’t want to finish with a loss or a draw,’ said Cahill. ‘It was all about celebrating. Celebrating a great player in John and celebrating the title.
‘He’s such a great player and an idol at the football club. He gave me the armband and it’s been a great honour to be captain for a large part of the season, but we all know he’s the club captain. He holds that honour and he has that respect among the fans and players.’
Hazard also paid tribute to Terry, praising his attitude and impact around the club.
‘He’s been a fantastic leader and captain,’ said the winger. ‘He’s given a lot to the young players and it was a huge honour to play with him for five years.’