Gary Neville reacts to Michy Batshuayi’s goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at West Brom
The Manchester United legend praises Michy Batshuayi's impact from the bench for Chelsea
Gary Neville praised Michy Batshuayi for delivering in style for Antonio Conte after Chelsea’s 1-0 win at West Brom secured the Premier League title.
The Chelsea manager made the controversial decision to withdraw his star player Eden Hazard in the second half as the visitors struggled to make the breakthrough at The Hawthorns.
The Belgium striker was given 14 minutes to score a goal that would seal Conte’s first Premier League title in charge of the west London club.
And the 23-year-old finished from close range with eight minutes to secure a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion and the Premier League trophy with two games to play.
Speaking to Sky Sports about Batshuayi’s title-sealing goal, former Manchester United defender Neville said:
“It’s a scabby goal. Chris Brunt hesitated to allow Azpilicueta to deliver. It was a championship moment for Chelsea.
“Batshuayi slides in and the celebrations were of a team who thought they’d done it. Conte went absolutely wild. It takes nerve to do it when your team needs a goal.
“He delivered big-style for Antonio Conte.”
Batshuayi moved to Chelsea in a £33m deal from Ligue 1 side Lille in the 2016 summer transfer window.
The Chelsea striker has found his first-team opportunities limited this season given Diego Costa’s prolific form for the west London club.
Conte’s side will host Watford at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.