We know what we are. We know what we are. Champions of England, we know what we are. For the first time in five years the Chelsea Blues are champions of the English Premier League. Chelsea were at the top of the table the entire season, in fact they set a record with 274 days in first place breaking the previous mark held by Manchester United in 1993-1994 at 262 days.
Say what you will about Jose Mourinho’s style the results are there. Some call his tactics “boring”, I call them effective. If they have to score goals they will, if they have to lock up and play a tight 1-0 game they will. Rarely does Chelsea make mistakes, they wait for their opponent to make one and they capitalize. The Blues style is methodical, tactical and imposing. Mourinho has been a master at managing his squad both in which line-ups he chooses but what players stay and who goes.
Over the summer Mourinho sold defender/midfielder hybrid David Luiz to Paris St. Germain for £50 million. It was a scrutinized move by some letting a youthful and talented Luiz go but Mourinho knew his inconsistency and mistake prone nature wouldn’t help his culture of winning. It was a record transfer for a defender so clearly Chelsea sold at the right time. Mourinho also sold young Belgian, and often loaned striker, Romelu Lukaku for £28 million to Everton which was again another strong sell. Fernando Torres, Ashley Cole, Samuel Eto’o and Frank Lampard also were allowed to leave.
The new guard coming in were influential to the success of this year’s campaign. Diego Costa scored goals, Cesc Fabregas was a playmaker, Loic Remy was a spark off the bench and Didier Drogba provided veteran leadership to the club and he hoists another trophy. Chelsea also added depth with Felipe Luis and Juan Cuadrado. For the first time in a long time this didn’t feel like a slow and aging team. The passing was crisp, the wings have speed and there were actually strikers who could put the ball in the net. What a novel concept.
2014-2015 BPL Season
Premier League Champions, Capital One Cup Champions
Record: 26-9-3 (87 points)
Losses: @ Newcastle, vs. Tottenham, @ West Bromwich
Goal Differential: +41 (73 GF / 32 GA)
Top Goal Scorers: Diego Costa (20), Eden Hazard (14), Loic Remy (7)
Clean Sheets: Thibaut Courtois (12), Petr Cech (5)
PFA Player of the Year – Eden Hazard
PFA Team of the Year – Hazard, Terry, Costa, Ivanovic, Matic, Cahill
PL Manager of the Season – Jose Mourinho