David Luiz says his “dream came true” when Chelsea sealed the Premier League title on Friday night, while John Terry insists it has been a “delight” to watch the blues fro the bench.
Antonio Conte’s side wrapped up the title with a 1-0 win at West Brom, with Michy Batshuayi coming off the bench to hit the winner in the 82nd minute and give the Italian boss the championship at the first time of asking.
Defender David Luiz realised a dream with Chelsea’s success, having joined the club for a second time last summer.
Luiz told BBC 5 Live: “I’m very happy. This is my first Premier League title. When I decided to come back here it was because of this – I dreamed of one day winning the Premier League so I’m very happy because my dream came true.
“I am so happy – we worked hard every day to have these kinds of moments.”
The Brazilian paid tribute to his manager and added: “He (Conte) likes to work – this is his secret. He works with passion every day. I am so happy for him because it’s never easy to come here in the first year and win the title. He deserves it because he works hard every day.”
Skipper Gary Cahill believes Chelsea were full value for their title glory and added on Sky Sports 1: “These are the opportunities you want to grasp with both hands. You have to cherish these moments. We’ve worked so hard all season to be where we are.
“Consistently I think we’ve been the best team in the league. I think we’ve deserved it, we’ve worked hard. There’s no better feeling than this in football.”
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas felt it was not going to be for the Blues after a series of chances were not taken in the first half.
He said: “To be honest I thought it was going to be one of those days. In the first half we had so many chances, we played well. We felt a bit nervous maybe because of the pressure.
“This is the beauty of football. A player that didn’t play a lot. Everyone thought he doesn’t count too much and then he scores the winning goal for the championship.”
The Spaniard told his Sky Sports interviewer: “Football is f****** unbelievable”, before apologising for his heat-of-the-moment language.
John Terry, who is leaving the club at the end of the season, revelled in watching Chelsea march to the title from the sidelines.
He said: “This is fantastic for me but these boys have been on the field doing it week in and week out. Gaz (Cahill) and everyone has been brilliant. It’s been a delight for me to sit and watch this. I’m delighted for the boys and everyone at the football club.
“The togetherness they’ve shown even when we lost games early on. When we lost to Arsenal away, when we lost to Liverpool at home, the togetherness to come back and regroup. That winning streak we went on was incredible, fundamental in our season.”