Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea secured the Premier League title by beating Crystal Palace at an ecstatic Stamford Bridge last evening.
The just side needed three points to complete the triumph after creating an unassailable 13-point gap on out-going champions Manchester City despite them beating Tottenham 2-1.
PFA Player of the year Eden Hazard secured the victory after his only goal on the stroke of half time. Hazard headed his 19th goal of the season past Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni after reacting first on a penalty rebound from the keepers’ initial save.
The win means Mourinho secured his third title as Chelsea manager, and the first of his second spell in charge making it the club’s fifth top-flight title which comes five years after their last and 60 years since their first. But the celebrations from the fans showed how much this meant to the club with evergreen captain John Terry leading a lap of honor at the end.
There were deserved wild celebrations that greeted the final whistle at Stamford Bridge with owner Roman Abramovich savoring the moment in ecstasy from the VIP lounge.
Chelsea who have been the most outstanding team of the season, played with flair and verve to make an all-conquering start although they slowed down to show the ruthless efficiency that is the hallmark of all Mourinho sides after losing leading scorer Diego Costa for a crucial closing phase of the campaign to add onto the Capital One Cup won against Tottenham at Wembley.
Although some critics have described his style as ‘boring’, this is Mourinho’s eighth title in 12 years with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid and makes him one of the greatest ever managers in English and European football.
Meanwhile, Manchester United lost their third consecutive match after the Westbrom beat them 1-0 at Old Trafford to allow Liverpool creep into contention for a top four place as Manchester City all, but secured their place after beating Tottenham Hotspurs.