Chelsea, champion team in waiting since forever it seems, finally wrapped up the Premier League title after a narrow 1-0 victory at home against Crystal Palace. The Blues have been ruthlessly efficient, leading the competition by 13 points. With 4 more wins and 4 lesser losses than any other team, Chelsea’s consistency has been unmatched.
Chelsea’s season has been a tale of two very distinct halves- while the first half oozed style and brilliance, the second followed a more pragmatic approach, something we have come to associate Jose Mourinho’s teams with. Each half was powered by a different set of players, players who unselfishly did their bit for the team.
First Half of the Season
The Blues looked to start the season on a high, and 1-3 win against Burnley was proof of the hunger they possessed to bring the trophy back to Stamford Bridge. The summer signings played a key role in providing the spark that Chelsea had lacked so often last season. The goals flowed, and comparisons began to be made to the Arsenal ‘Invincible’ squad of 2004.
Chelsea’s 32 million pound buy of the summer battered his way past opposition defences time and time again and became the focal point of Chelsea’s attacks. He became the missing target man that Chelsea had been searching for furtively ever since Fernando Torres failed to shine at the Bridge. Combining with Fabregas perfectly, the two summer signings together provided the attacking impetus that had been the failing of Chelsea teams of the past. With 19 goals in the PL so far, the only thing that has stopped Costa terrorising the opposition even more consistently has been his hamstring troubles.