Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas highlighted the unpredictability of football in the wake of the Blues’ Premier League title-clinching victory over West Brom on Friday night.
Little-used forward Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score the 83rd-minute winner, handing the Blues their second league title in three years at the The Hawthorns.
And Fabregas couldn’t contain his amazement with Batshuayi’s sudden star turn after the match.
“He doesn’t come to much and then he scores the winning goal for the championship,” Fabregas said.
“Football is f—— unbelievable!”
Chelsea had trouble breaking down a solid West Brom defence for most of the match before Batshuayi’s goal, and the Spanish international thought it might not be their night.
“I thought it was going to be one of those days. We had so many chances in the first half and then we got a bit nervous,” Fabregas said on Sky Sports.
“The beauty of football, a player who didn’t play a lot scores the winning goal for the championship.”
Chelsea talisman John Terry watched from the bench as he has for the most of the season, but said he was happy to experience his fifth Premier League title with the club.
Terry said: “These boys have been on the field doing it week, in week out. It’s been a delight to sit and watch, a different perspective.
“The togetherness was shown from day one.”
And Gary Cahill said Chelsea had proven their doubters wrong by recovering from a miserable campaign a year ago.
“You have to cherish these moments, you work so hard all season to be where we are,” Cahill said. “Consistently we have been the best team in the league. There is no better feeling in football.
“People have written us off as a team and individually and this has shut them up. We are champions. It’s another one in the cabinet.”