May 21, 2017

Late Chelsea surge sinks struggling Sunderland in emotional John Terry farewell

Chelsea finished their Premier League season with an enjoyable win at Stamford Bridge which added colour to the farewell to John Terry and the crowing of the Blues as Champions.

The match got off to an incredible start, with the Blues clearly affected by the prematch celebrations and the emotions surrounding John Terry’s last game. Sunderland took the lead within minutes as full back Javier Manquillo was able to smash home a loose ball in the box after Seb Larsson’s free kick hit the Chelsea wall.

There was barely a second to breathe however, as Chelsea romped up the other end and found an almost immediate equalizer through Willian, the Brazilian firing in a laser strike from a tight angle to immediately return the party atmosphere at the Bridge after Alonso hit the bar.

The Blues could have taken the lead not long after, with Willian turning provider and putting a perfect ball across the box that both Costa and Hazard manager to miss.

After that things calmed down a little, but after a symbolic 26 minutes there was another surprise as John Terry was removed for Gary Cahill, via a guard of honour. The captain passed over his armband to Gary Cahill as he left the field, the entire stadium rising to their feet to applaud the departing Terry.

After such a poignant moment it was hard for the tempo to rise again, and the rest of the first half petered out with only Willian looking to be playing at full tilt.

The second half saw the Blues brighten up, with Eden Hazard adding a second goal on the counter with a vicious shot across his body, and then Pedro adding a third after roasting Joleon Lescott. Michy Batshuayi, who else, added the fourth and fifth as David Moyes’ team crumbled over the finishing line.

All in all a glorious day to celebrate the title and wave goodbye to our greatest captain.