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Ross Barkley scored his first goal for Chelsea as the Blues defeated Southampton at St.Mary’s Stadium today to move at the top of Premier League table with 20 points from 8 games.

The attacking midfielder, who had not scored a goal since May 2017, showed plenty of quality as he came back in style after more than an injury on his path.

As OptaJoe confirmed via Twitter, “Ross Barkley is the first Englishman to both score and assist in a Premier League game for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in December 2013 against Sunderland.”

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Sunderland are interested to sign Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu on loan.

The 17-year-old, who moved to Chelsea from Exeter City last summer, enjoyed a memorable 2017 that also saw him make his international debut and playing a big part in the Blues‘ Carabao Cup run.

According to reports in the UK former Wales manager Chris Coleman is keen to link up with his former player in a loan deal that would last until the end of the season.

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A sad day for many football fans around the world: little hero and Sunderland huge fan Braedley Lowery has passed away this afternoon.

Bradley was only 6 and lost his fight against neuroblastoma.

He became- unfortunately-famous for his fight because he was a football fan, but above all a die-hard Sunderland fan and in the last two years he became a sort of Black Cats mascot.

Last december he was the protagonist of the pre-match when Chelsea visited the Stadium of Light: he was playing with the players on the pitch during the warm-up and he kicked a penalty, with fans in the stadium chanting his name.

He had a special bond with Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe who became his “best friend” and was often visiting him at the hospital or at home: Defoe was also with Bradley when he was England mascot at Wembley last March and their hug during the national anthem touched many people around the world.

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Chelsea remembered Bradley with a couple of tweets:

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This is the post that Bradley’s mum shared on his official Facebook page to announce the passing of the little hero:

My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family.

He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where.

There are no words to describe how heart broken we are.

Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words.

Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradley’s family and friend in this hard time: his courage, passion and smile will be remembered forever.

 

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Speaking after lifting the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge yesterday, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the season that brought him to the first title in England:

“I dreamed this,” Conte told Sky Sports.

I must be honest, if you ask me, my first day at Chelsea to arrive at the end of the season and to win the league and the final of the FA Cup, it was very difficult for me to imagine this.

“It is right to enjoy this moment with our fans. This moment is very important for Chelsea. We are in a moment when it is right to build something important.

“We lost many fantastic players for Chelsea, for example [Branislav] Ivanovic and [John Obi] Mikel and now John Terry. Players that have written the history of Chelsea.

“Now it is important to create a good foundation and to build something important for the future.”

Then Conte added:

“This league is very tough. It is great to win after the last win with Claudio [Ranieri].

“Claudio did a fantastic job last season. To arrive in my first season and to repeat what Claudio did, I am proud for me and for my family.

“I think it is amazing for me, the players, the club, it is a great achievement. After a very tough season, don’t forget this. But now it is right to enjoy this.”

“This change was very important because we found the right balance and every single player enjoyed this type of situation.

“The key moment for us and then a lot of work. I must be pleased because I found the players who had never played this system and to change totally – a back three is very different to a back four – it was not easy.

“I found fantastic players and great men.”

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Premier League’s last fixture saw Chelsea against Sunderland, in a memorable game as John Terry played his last game with the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea captain lifted Premier League title alongside with Gary Cahill and the entire squad after beating 5-1 the Black Cats, which are officially relegated.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after Blues’ captain John Terry today in the final speech at Stamford Bridge. He said: “It’s an mazing moment for us, we have to celebrate this win. For me, for the players is fantastic to celebrate with you. Today we have to celebrate all around the world! Come on Chelsea”.

Then Conte told SkySport Italia: “We had to work a lot to win this title, I found committed players and great fans, it has been a very tough season in every way”.

“We had to change several things this season, now we are celebrating and this is great, but since tomorrow we must be concentrate and focused on the FA Cup final against Arsenal”.

When asked about John Terry, Conte added: “John has been a vital player for me, he helped me during the season giving some advice. He started playing from the 1′ minute and then he suffered an injury, we changed our defensive system and he didn’t play every game. Anyway his behavior has always been great, he behaved like a captain but we must remember that he’s a legend”.

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“Today is one of the most difficult days of my life,” said John Terry after his last game at Stamford Bridge today, when Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 win against Sunderland.

“I have been very fortunate to play with unbelievable players and managers in career, thankful to every one of you. We all have to thank Roman Abramovich, I’d like to thank him and the board, the best in world football. He loves this club from the U8s up, year in year out, to give us best opportunity. On behalf of myself and fans, thanks”.

“I’d like to thank my wife and kids for supporting me on amazing journey I have had, I love you. Lastly you guys the fans, best supporters in the world without a shadow of a doubt. You have given everything from the age of 14, picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I have had bad games and disappointed you”.

“Thank you will never be enough, but I will be back here one day, – Terry ended – I will always be supporting the team and players from the bottom of my heart”.

Terry also paid tribute to departing first-team coach Steve Holland and manager Antonio Conte, who praised the Blues’ captain in his last day at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry (c) (Cahill 26), Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa (Batshuayi 62), Hazard (Pedro 70).
Unused subs Begovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Matic.
Scorers
Willian 8, Hazard 61, Pedro 78, Batshuayi 90, 90+2.
Booked Jones 48

Sunderland (3-5-2): Pickford; Jones (Gibson 88), O’Shea (c), Lescott; Manquillo, Rodwell (Gooch 62), Cattermole, Larsson, Oviedo; Januzaj, Borini.
Unused subs Mannone, Maja, Asoro, Love, Embleton.
Scorer Manquillo 3
Booked Diego Costa 39

Referee Neil Swarbrick
Crowd 41,618

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