Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 9 May 2010

Chelsea: Where the Premier League Title was Won

Chelsea's 8-0 thrashing of 10-man Wigan today confirmed they won the Premier League title for the third time in six seasons. They finished 1 point ahead of Manchester United.

Carlo Ancelotti becomes the third manager to win the Premier League in his first full season, after Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho. Chelsea become the first team to win the Premier League title under two different managers and the first team to score over 100 goals in the league's 18 year history. Their +71 goal difference is also a Premier League record.

Manchester United were made to rue a terrible start to April, when they were eliminated at the Quarter final stage of the Champions League to Bayern Munich and then beaten at home in the Premier League by Chelsea.

Manchester United were without Wayne Rooney for the game against Chelsea and it proved to be the big difference maker as United rarely tested the Chelsea defence without him. The Blues are deserved champions, being the first team to do the double over Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in a single Premier League season.

Despite losing at Tottenham, Chelsea were always in the driving seat. Three comfortable victories and clean sheets since Ashley Cole returned from injury. A 7-0 victory over Stoke City, a 2-0 victory at Liverpool and finished the season on top with an 8-0 thrashing of Wigan that saw Ashley Cole score the final goal of Chelsea's Premier League season.

Wigan Athletic's fifth trip to London this season has now seen them concede 26 goals and picking up 0 points. Survival was the key for them this season and they have done that, finishing 16th despite having the worst goal difference in the league. Didier Drogba scored his first hat trick of the season to clinch the Golden Boot. Despite being away with Ivory Coast at the start of the year in the African Cup of Nations, he finished above Wayne Rooney by 3 goals with the United striker struggling for fitness at the end of the season.

Arsenal wrapped up third spot with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Fulham, while rivals Tottenham blew a 2-0 lead at Burnley to lose 4-2. They finish in fourth and will enter the Champions League at the qualifying stage next season.

Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea play Portsmouth next weekend in the FA Cup final as they look to do the double in the Italian's first season in charge.

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