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Chelsea take title in style

2010-05-09 19:34

London - Chelsea reclaimed the English Premier League title in style on Sunday, a 8-0 win over Wigan ensuring they pipped Manchester United by a single point after racking up a record haul of 103 goals.

As well as denying United what would have been an unprecedented fourth consecutive title, the stunning display ensured Carlo Ancelotti's first season in charge ends with the league trophy back in west London for the first time since Jose Mourinho masterminded back-to-back triumphs in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

The defending champions did their job by beating Stoke 4-0 at Old Trafford but there was never any prospect of Chelsea falling at the final hurdle.

Against injury-depleted opponents, it took Nicolas Anelka only five minutes to calm the Chelsea supporters' nerves with the opener and any doubt over the destiny of the trophy disappeared just after the half hour mark when Gary Caldwell wrestled Frank Lampard to the ground inside the box.

The Scotland defender was given his marching orders and Lampard got up to fire in a textbook penalty for his 22nd league goal of the season.

Didier Drogba got involved in an unseemly spat with Lampard over who was taking that penalty but still finished the afternoon with a hat-trick, which ensures he takes the EPL's golden boot with a total of 29 league goals.

Anelka ended up with a double and Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole also got in on the act as Chelsea ran up their biggest ever victory in the top flight.

The only other outstanding issue was resolved in Arsenal's favour. A 4-0 win over Fulham ensured Arsene Wenger's men clinched third place, ensuring another money-spinning season of Champions League football at the Emirates.

The Gunners enter directly at the group stage while Tottenham's fourth place means they must come through a final qualifier to fully benefit from their elevation to a place among Europe's elite.

Andrey Arshavin, Robin van Persie and Carlos Vela were on target for Arsenal, who also benefited from an own goal by Chris Baird against opponents who clearly had one eye on Wednesday's Europa League final against Atletico Madrid.

The atmosphere at Old Trafford was distinctly subdued as news from west London filtered through but United still performed effectively, with goals from Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-Sung and an own goal by Danny Higginbotham delivering a convincing win.

A memorable season for Spurs ended with a weary wimper, Harry Redknapp's side conceding a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 at relegated Burnley. Gareth Bale and Luka Modric had put them in the driving seat but Wade Elliot, Jack Cork, Martin Paterson and Steven Thompson turned the match around in unlikely fashion.

A deeply frustrating season for Liverpool ended with a goalless draw at Hull that ensured Rafael Benitez's side could finish no better than seventh in the table.

Above them, in fifth place, are Manchester City, who were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham, and Aston Villa, who held on to sixth place despite a late Richard Dunne own goal resulting in a 1-0 defeat at home to Blackburn.

Those results mean Liverpool will have to come through a final qualifier as well as the play-off round to get into the group stages of next season's Europa League.

Everton finished their campaign with a 1-0 win over FA Cup finalists Portsmouth that was secured by Dinyar Bilyaletdinov's 90th-minute strike.

Birmingham went down to a 2-1 defeat at Bolton but Alex McLeish's side -- tipped as favourites for relegation at the start of the season -- still ended the campaign in a creditable ninth place, while Wolves edged their meeting with Sunderland 2-1.

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Comments
  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-05-09 20:19

    Congratulations Chelsea - an emphatic end to the season ! 4 League titles in the history of the club. Only 14 more to go before you will be considered up their with the best of the best ! Does Abromovich have the money to stay the pace - I dont think so - but a well deserved win in any event - savour the moment - there are going to be a few teams snapping at your heels next year though ! Enjoy the party - and maybe make it a double !!

  • Matabo Letsoalo - 2010-05-09 21:21

    Congratulations Chelsea Boys! Drogba is a star. Well done!

  • SAGE - 2010-05-09 22:12

    In your face Alex Ferguson.....die already! Take Rafa with you!

  • Chelsea fan. - 2010-05-09 22:28

    CHELSEA, CHELSEA, CHELSEA! Wow. Wat a beautiful way 2 end tha season. 8 goals, 103goal in total. Epic performance! Great job boys. F.a cup left, lets do tha double

  • Dan - 2010-05-09 23:11

    Up the Blues! Beautiful end to a crazy season! Loving it!

  • caleb the red - 2010-05-10 00:30

    ..proves that sometimes the sun even shines on a dogs @rse..

  • Shaun - 2010-05-10 01:48

    Congrats to the Bluse.Hope you can make it a double.only 4 titles still to make another 14. to be up there with the big boys. Tme Mighty Manchester. Manchester Fan

  • Mr Gee Oh! - 2010-05-10 07:29

    That's the Blues...Congradulations Chelsea.Let's do it again next year

  • goitseone gordon teledimo - 2010-05-10 08:02

    hardluck man u, congrats the blues Didier Drogba for european player of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nick - 2010-05-10 08:06

    Congratulations, Chelsea, a tight and brilliant season. Plenty of suspense and lots of goals. Man Utd are still the greatest but Chelsea were quite brilliant THIS SEASON. Whatever happened to those Liverpool wankers? Caleb the red and Sage you are both real pricks and good luck supporting a bunch of losers.

  • whatever - 2010-05-10 08:10

    suck ballz to all da haterz dont sugar coat your ass. united lost, end of story. GET OVER IT! Chelsea rox.

  • Simonm - 2010-05-10 08:14

    Well done "The Blues" you really deserve the title... but the challenge is awaiting you next season - will you join the "real Champs" by defending your tilte or it was one of those lucky season????

  • sagren - 2010-05-10 08:19

    United finish second with a weaker squad than last year - Liverfools sold match against chelski. Hollow victory. Watch out.

  • KATLEGO BRANDSEL - 2010-05-10 08:43

    A VERY WELL DONE TO CHELSEA, WHAT A SPLENDID PERFOMANCE FOR THE SEASON, IM PROUD TO SAY THAT IM A VERY PROUD SUPPORTER OF THIS TEAM..('',)

  • @Sagren - 2010-05-10 08:45

    Typical Man Who sour grapes!!! Always some sort of snide remarks when they don't win everything. Chelsea were the best team over the season, scored 103 goals which came from a number of players. You seriously didn't think Rooney could win it all by himself for you.

  • Chelsea Fan Carw!... - 2010-05-10 08:59

    @ Never Walk Alone... Roman can Afford Liverpool, Man U and Arsenal!... Don't give hin any ideas, coz he might just buy all!... Well done 2 the boys in Blue andu deserve it!...

  • Antonette - 2010-05-10 09:09

    Well done Chelsea! Drogba you are the best + Golden boot

  • SNOOP DROG - 2010-05-10 09:29

    Chelsea is the best team in England, and anyone who disputes that need only look at the scoresheet from its final victory — an 8-0 thrashing of visiting Wigan on Sunday. 103 Goals in 1 season - golden boot- golden glove... need I say more?

  • Big K - 2010-05-10 09:31

    Well Done Chelsea, Congrats, well deserved, although United did well to be jus a point behind!! We'll be back next season, u can count on it!! GGMU

  • masterp - 2010-05-10 09:32

    Chelsea dont need 14 more titles to be considered the best, they are the best as we speak and that we cant change,,,,,Chelsea showed dem n made the circle bigger like no other team this season,,,,103 goals is quite a record to be proud of, credit to Man U for keeping the pressure on and being professionals! Blue is the colour******

  • shocking - 2010-05-10 09:36

    @SAGE, f u you stupid doos, why don't you and your mother die, doos!

  • malema - 2010-05-10 09:42

    @ Chelsea Fan Carw!........LOL,Never Walk Alone is green with envy n jealousy, Chelsea blexims boet, ask the other teams in the Big four(they all got a hiding home and way), they will tell u thing or two about this Chesea squad, the likes of Aston Villa nd Wigan tremble when u mention Chelsea,,,,,,,,,,Portsmouth probably wana run for cover, the double is on!

  • Hopkins - 2010-05-10 09:51

    Well done Chelsea we are the champions. 8 breath taking goals Drogba you beauty to grab the golden boot, what a spectacular way to win and end the season. 103 goals what a record league tittle in the bag and now for the double you go boys. Chelsea 4 life.

  • ivago - 2010-05-10 09:57

    Chelsea forever. @Never Walk Alone u an @ss just like most MAN U fans are. Chelsea has probably been in the top four and been playin champions league from about what 1996/97. When did Roman arive again you stupid. Ok we may not have been good enough to win the league at the time but over the past say 20 years we have been playin far better than you historians.

  • Kube$ - 2010-05-10 10:13

    Who says money cant buy success........The billionaires(ROMAN AND PATRICE) got richer yday.....neverthe less I think this Chelsea team gonna seriously be a threat next season and seasons to come....Well Done...

  • Salu Babe - 2010-05-10 10:25

    Congratz to "The Blues" We deserve it... It was rather a tense atmosphere at Old trafford yesterday. You were up against the best (Chelsea) and feel sorry for Oupa Ferguson...I think it's time for him to let it go...Congratz to Drogba for the Golden boot, can't wait to see you in Mbombela Stadium doing what you did yesterday to Korea...

  • Thima - 2010-05-10 10:26

    Credit must be given where it's due, these guys fought very hard. Just imagine a total number of games (38). It's good for them they deserve it and as well congrats to my African brothers Drogba, Kalou etc.

  • Simonm - 2010-05-10 10:34

    Blaaaah-Blaaaaah-Blaaaah... Chelsea this, The Blues that... out 103 goals scored (so-called record breaking), how many were Off-sides and controvesial penalties!!!??? No player from Chelsea deserves "EPL Player of the year award"!!!

  • Ryan - 2010-05-10 10:37

    So Chelski won the title , congratulations , but wha't's the big deal ? With a squad like they have you would expect that wouldn't you ? No matter how many goals they may score in a game or titles they or the rest of the teams may win they still lack that magical something that seperates and elevates Manchester United from the rest of the Premier League . Case in point , if United had won the title , this morning the world media would have been in a frenzy about United setting a new record and the achievements of United as a team . Strangely , there is no such furore surrounding Chelski's victory - they are just another football team that have won the title , that's all . Bit of a hollow victory and no , not sour grapes , just a fact of life . That is why United remain the most valuable brand in world football for six years running and will continue to do so . Glory glory Man United !!!

  • Jules - 2010-05-10 10:38

    Congrats Chelsea on winning your 4th title, you are worthy Champions. I take heart from the way United played after the Blackburn game, if only we could have showed the same consistency over the whole season. The loss to Burnley really hurt us! Come on number 19 next year UNITED FOR LIFE!!!!!!

  • Sakho Mngomezulu - 2010-05-10 10:39

    A New Star is born at Stamford Ridge ,( Carlo Ancelotti ) , Chelsea have successfully achieved what has been their mission , now the biggest challenge they face is to defend the league , credit must be given to a team for their discipline and respect especially in the hands of a new coach .

  • Iniesta - 2010-05-10 10:44

    Aiaaakona, Chelsea bought it. Both games against Man Utd were clearly bought, but in the 2nd there was a most blatant off-side you will see in football, in front of the linesman. Abramovprick FC pays the referees.

  • Lol @ Ryan - 2010-05-10 11:03

    Yup, Golden Boot for Drogba, Grandslam over the top 4, premier league goal record, 8-0 finish at home, pretty hollow victory I have to say. As a Chelsea fan I feel really down today because of the overall greatness of United in the eyes of the world media. You're hilarious mate!

  • Jokes - 2010-05-10 11:09

    Ha ha ha I won a golden boot and play for chelsea who just won we scored a 103 goals we are the best yay we r the best wow even if we only won by a point we celebrate and turn the golden boot to show that we hav these so called great players what joke damn this team is full of spicks if you ask me well done you won ok we get it but its not that great of a win

  • Supafly - 2010-05-10 11:21

    This (Chealsea's league win) was great not a great victory for them, but for football, in general in the EPL. Big up to them! G@d knows, they needed it more!

  • Kube$ - 2010-05-10 11:36

    And by the way aint no one gonna remember how Chelsea won the league, everyone gonna remem how Terry got stripped for the England captaincy and how he was stripping for his best mates chick....

  • Soccer fan - 2010-05-10 12:10

    Well done Chelsea....Now for the double on Saturday. @ Sagren , typical Man u supporter mentality...u are behaving like a asshole now...

  • chelsea boy@all who doubt - 2010-05-10 12:15

    AH SHUDDDUP THE LOT OF YOU....how many times did united put 7 past anyone????how many times did you score 5... we played more games without our stars than anyone else...lost fewer and scored more(record breaking stuff)so the title is rightly at ours...18 points picked up against the other "top" teams and a golden boot....so shudddup and say thansk for an entertaining season and a great finish... ungrateful bunch of &^"£%...oh and rico...hope your enjoying it...i really hope so....tos**r!!!!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chelsea boy@all who doubt - 2010-05-10 12:15

    AH SHUDDDUP THE LOT OF YOU....how many times did united put 7 past anyone????how many times did you score 5... we played more games without our stars than anyone else...lost fewer and scored more(record breaking stuff)so the title is rightly at ours...18 points picked up against the other "top" teams and a golden boot....so shudddup and say thansk for an entertaining season and a great finish... ungrateful bunch of &^"£%...oh and rico...hope your enjoying it...i really hope so....tos**r!!!!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chelsea boy@all who doubt - 2010-05-10 12:16

    AH SHUDDDUP THE LOT OF YOU....how many times did united put 7 past anyone????how many times did you score 5... we played more games without our stars than anyone else...lost fewer and scored more(record breaking stuff)so the title is rightly at ours...18 points picked up against the other "top" teams and a golden boot....so shudddup and say thansk for an entertaining season and a great finish... ungrateful bunch of &^"£%...oh and rico...hope your enjoying it...i really hope so....tos**r!!!!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Man United 4 Life - 2010-05-10 12:49

    Well done Chelsea, excellent season. You are deseverdly the title winners. At all Man U fans who are too arrogant and petty to acknowledge the fact that we lost the title to a better side this season, please grow up or get over yourselves. Don't be sore losers pls. And to all other supporters dissing united, I think we did pretty damn good this season, considering that united was written off at the start of the season by all of you. So suck on that you losers.

  • Charl - 2010-05-10 13:54

    Chelsea deserve the title. They scored a record 103 goals in 38 games. 13 more than United!! Drogba gets the golden boot and Peter Cech shares the golden glove. Next up the double! With Fergason leaving end next year the United era is ending.

  • Charl - 2010-05-10 13:55

    Chelsea is the first team in history to beat United, Liverpool and Arsenal home and away in one season! Shattering records!!

  • @Kube$ - 2010-05-10 13:57

    morals dont win u the champoinship, u and ur narrow-mindedness will remember Terry for that, real suppoters will remember him for his great leadership and selflessness on the pitch,,,,,,,,strippin for his mates chick and how u perceive it wud have not brought Chelsea the title,,,,,,,so plz!

  • BLUE BOY - 2010-05-10 15:02

    @Iniesta and SimonM - you guys have hit the nail on the head . As much as we have won the title ( 103 goals , golden boot , yada yada yada ) the two games against United were not deserved victories and that takes some of the gloss off winning the title . We put 8 past a very weak Wigan side . Period . @ Ryan - very eloquently put and I have to grudgingly agree with you . @Ivago - STFU son , you do not know what you are talking about - up until we bacame Chelski , we were never good enough to win the league . @Chelsea Boy - United still hold the record for most number of goals scored in a premier league match . United pushed us all the way and were worthy opponents - regardless of the number of goals scored , in the end 1 point was the diference .

  • JustinD - 2010-05-10 15:23

    Well done to Chelsea and there supporters... Lamps8 & the gang im sure you are all well chuffed. I must just say that Chelsea have been the team to beat this season and all credit to them. Also a big up to Spurs, a great effort!!

  • Dan - 2010-05-10 15:28

    Oh lol, Chelsea bought the title. That Drogba goal was blatantly offside, but Chelsea played ManU off the park for the game which even Fergie admitted, and then there's the small matter of Neville's stonewall penalty on Anelka and the far less small matter of Macheda effectively throwing the ball into Chelsea's net for the 2-1. So drop that nonsense please. Thanks for the congratulations from the non blind and non-bitter peoples, your maturity is appreciated. The others, good luck trying to take the shine off an incredible season for a great club. I'm still celebrating either way, you just add some amusement. Have a nice day losers, cheers!

  • MYSTER - 2010-05-10 16:01

    Congrats to all the chelsea supporters. You deserve it.....from ARSENAL supporter

  • TD - 2010-05-10 16:18

    Very well done for a team that was considered too old at the start of the season and anyone who can beat the other big 3 home and away in a season surely does deserve the title. For good measure the youth team won the FA cup for the Juniors as well so there definitely is a future.

  • TD - 2010-05-10 16:19

    Very well done for a team that was considered too old at the start of the season and anyone who can beat the other big 3 home and away in a season surely does deserve the title. For good measure the youth team won the FA cup for the Juniors as well so there definitely is a future.

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