Champs Chelsea set to party at Stam­ford Bridge

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“If you feel this then it is right to con­tinue to play. I think John has all of these char­ac­ter­is­tics.

“John de­serves the best. He is a leg­end for this club and in this sea­son he has been very im­por­tant to win­ning this ti­tle, and for this rea­son I have to take my time and make my best decision for him.”

Sunderland are with­out 11 se­nior play­ers through in­jury as they bring the cur­tain down on a sea­son to for­get.

The Wear­side club will re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship af­ter a decade in the Pre­mier League where they have largely been re­duced to an an­nual strug­gle for top flight sur­vival.

Di­dier Ndong and Lamine Kone spec­u­la­tion for some time but Mazzarri in­sists he achieved his main ob­jec­tive for the sea­son by avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion and says he will be dis­ap­pointed to go.

“When you leave an era like this, it’s nor­mal to feel sad,” said the 55-year-old former Napoli and In­ter Mi­lan han­dler.

“I want to say that I al­ways gave ev­ery­thing I had at Watford.

“I worked 15 hours a day, ev­ery day and I’m tired. I’m also happy as I reached an­other ob­jec­tive in my ca­reer which was to avoid rel­e­ga­tion here.

“I’m a bit dis­ap­pointed as I was em­braced by the Watford fam­ily, so it’s nor­mal to be emo­tional as it’s been my home since the first day I was here. I’m very tired now and need to re­lax.

“The fact is we man­aged to get to this magic 40-point mark which was the main ob­jec­tive of the sea­son when there were six games left.” AFP have joined an al­ready lengthy list of ab­sen­tees in the af­ter­math of the 2-0 de­feat to Ar­se­nal that con­firmed they will fin­ish bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Jan Kirch­hoff, Paddy McNair and Dun­can Wat­more are all long-term ab­sen­tees, but be­lea­guered man­ager Moyes is miss­ing a num­ber of other play­ers for the trip to west Lon­don.

Steven Pienaar re­mains un­avail­able with an an­kle prob­lem while Ge­orge Honey­man is re­cov­er­ing from a back in­jury and Papy Djilo­bodji is strug­gling with a thigh prob­lem.

Sunderland fans travel south fear­ing the worst for the top ver­sus bot­tom clash that could bring a chas­ten­ing end to a dis­mal sea­son.

“I cer­tainly don’t want us to be em­bar­rassed, that’s for sure. My big­gest prob­lem is that we’ve got 11 se­nior play­ers out in­jured,” Moyes said.

“We’ll have to put a patch­work team out to try and get a pos­i­tive per­for­mance, be­cause we were ob­vi­ously up against op­po­si­tion of a much higher level than us.” AFP

Chelsea cap­tain John Terry (top), who will leave Stam­ford Bridge at the end of the sea­son, will lift the English Pre­mier League tro­phy to­day.

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