On Monday night, as Chelsea moved to within one win of the Premier League title after their 3-0 vicotory over Middlesbrough, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte applauded the vocal support from Middlesbrough fans at Stamford Bridge.
Middlesbrough have won only once and scored just 10 goals in their away matches, but the travelling fans who had made the long trip to London, continued to support and cheer their team.
This show of commitment impressed Conte which he said you’d be unlikely to see demonstrated in his native Italy.
“It’s important to celebrate your win because for us to win today now it means we are very, very close to winning the title,” he told reporters.
“But at the same time, I think that it’s great to see a team that got relegated to see their fans clap and the players to stay there and receive the clap and to clap the fans.
“I think it’s important also in this moment to celebrate your win but also to have a great respect, to clap these types of situations because I think these situations only happen in England.
“I don’t remember in Italy, it’s very, very difficult to see a team get relegated and for the players to receive (claps).
“It’s great and I think it is a beautiful sport for the world, for football in the world. For this reason I felt in my heart to go and to clap these fans and also to say good luck for the next season to every single player.”
The loss sees Steve Agnew’s side bow out of the Premier League after just one season having scored less goals and won fewer matches than any Premier League team previously.
Boro who have gone down with two games remaining and being seven points adrift from the safety zone, were outclassed by the Blues. With goals from Diego Costa in the 23rd minute, Marcos Alonso in the 34th and Nemanja Matic in the 65th wrapping up a comfortable win for Chelsea who need three points to clinch the title.