Champions Chelsea became the first English side to register 30 top-flight victories in a 38-game season as they said farewell to captain John Terry with a resounding Premier League win over relegated Sunderland.
Chelsea, who sealed their sixth top-flight title nine days ago, fell behind to an early Javier Manquillo strike but hit back quickly through Willian’s angled drive.
Eden Hazard smashed in his 17th goal of the season to give put the Blues ahead before his replacement, Pedro, capitalised on a poor backward header from Joleon Lescott to head home.
Another substitute, Michy Batshuayi, ensured the win was an emphatic one with two well-taken finishes towards the end of the game, topping off a personally disappointing season with five goals in three games.
But the biggest talking point was the organised send-off for defender John Terry, who left the field in tears to a guard of honour from his team-mates after being substitution in the 26th minute, the number that has meant so much to the Chelsea’s captain.
Jermain Defoe missed what may well have been his last game as a Sunderland player with a hamstring injury as the Black Cats’ 10-year stay in the Premier League came to a dissapointing end, suffering their 26th defeat of the season.
The final score was Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland. The result however was merely a side-show at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea faithful came for the party. After the final whistle, they got their wish.