Chelsea celebrate English Premier League title with Watford romp
Departing captain John Terry led his Chelsea champions to a 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday (Tuesday NZ time), scoring the first goal on an evening of celebration, fireworks and streamers rather than vintage football at Stamford Bridge.
Terry, who is leaving this season after 22 years with the club, hooked home a loose ball from a Willian corner in the 22nd minute. The defender has scored in 17 consecutive English Premier League seasons.
But the former England captain was at fault for the equaliser when barely two minutes later he back-headed a ball he should have cleared, sending it straight to Etienne Capoue for an easy headed goal.
Another defender, Spain's Cesar Azpilicueta, put Chelsea ahead in the 36th minute and striker Michy Batshuayi scored Chelsea's third goal four minutes into the second half.
Watford put a brief damper on fans' celebrations of the title won last Friday, with Daryl Janmaat dribbling through for Watford's second goal and substitute Stefano Okaka equalising against the makeshift Chelsea side in the 74th.
But Cesc Fabregas scored the winner in the 88th minute to cap a memorable night.
Terry has predicted an emotional finish to his career against Sunderland on Sunday.
Terry told Sky Sports 1: "First and foremost it was great for me to get in the starting line-up tonight. (I was) delighted to get on the scoresheet and more importantly to get the win tonight."
"It's going to be tough (final match). Tonight was tough but next week I'm going to be in bits."
Terry said the nature of the game against Watford probably surprised some observers.
"People expected, because we had won the league, it was going to be a nothing game. A lot of our players were fighting for their place and were looking to impress the manager."
Azpilicueta said Chelsea had been prepared for a tough challenge from Watford.
He said: "It was our first game as champions so we knew it would be tough.
"They pushed us to the end but we showed great character, great desire."
If Azpilicueta plays the whole game against Sunderland he will have featured in every minute of every Premier League game for Chelsea this season.
He added: "It's something amazing. The manager has shown great confidence in me. It is something I really appreciate and I work a lot. I want to play (against Sunderland), I want to play every game."