May 03, 2015 16:50:18 UK
Chelsea have won the Premier League title with three games to spare, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal, who play Hull on Monday night, were the only side who could have caught the Blues, but victory over Palace gives the league leaders 83 points and an unassailable lead at the top of the table.
Every title is a consequence of hard work and a reason to be happy and proud.
The goal that won them the title came at the end of the first half, with the home side awarded a penalty for a foul on Eden Hazard by James McArthur.
It was Hazard himself, the PFA Player of the Year, who took the penalty and though his weak shot was saved by keeper Julian Speroni, the ball fell kindly for the Belgian who headed the rebound into the net.
Palace had chances in the second half to draw level and keep the title race going for another week with Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha both going close, but Chelsea held on to secure the Premier League title.
It was their fifth top flight title overall; their fourth since the inception of the Premier League and their first since 2010. It is also manager Jose Mourinho’s third during his two spells at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho said to Sky Sports, after the celebrations: “Every title is a consequence of hard work and a reason to be happy and proud. I can’t evaluate and say which was one more important. This was my last title and I try to get another one.
“The group starts with the Capital One Cup and the Premier League but we know in future it’s very difficult and other teams will come even stronger. England’s not the best country to be a force and dominate football.”
Chelsea have three more Premier League games to play before the end of the season. They have home games against Liverpool and Sunderland either side of an away game at West Brom.
They are priced at 2.37 to win the title in 2015-16. Manchester City are 3.75 and Manchester United 5.50.
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