With 3 games to go, the champions of England have been decided, and their coronation awaits on the final game of the season. Chelsea have been the stand out team all season, and have cruised to the title with relative ease. Manchester City were level with the Blues at the turn of the year, but stuttering performances from the current champions lead to a commanding Chelsea run.
Chelsea may not have finished the season with great conviction, but their sensational early season run had given them much room to work with. Summer signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were instrumental in their early season charge, helping the team win 10 of their first 12 league games. Their first league defeat not occurring until December. While rivals City, United and Arsenal were struggling to find their best form, and Liverpool suffering from the departure of Luis Suarez, Chelsea were the only team showing championship credentials.
The team has lost only 2 games so far this season, away to Newcastle, and a stunning 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day. They have been unbeaten ever since. Arsenal, with 6 defeats were 2nd in terms of games lost. Showing the winning mentality that Mourinho has embedded into the team, and the gulf in class to the chasing pack. Chelsea have not always been convincing in the last few months, scraping late wins, and benefiting from several goalkeeping errors to bag the 3 points. The team may have been labelled with the ”Boring Boring Chelsea” tag, but that won’t bother them much, as they will now cruise to the finish line, and lift the grand prize later this month.
Eden Hazard has been the stand out performer of the season, while Fabregas’s stunning early season form dropped considerably after Christmas, and Costa suffering from several injuries stalling his season, it has been the Belgian ace who has electrified the Bridge. He has been the key play maker all year, and was voted the Player of the Year by his fellow professionals. The best team, with the best player. The perfect end to the season for the Blues. While captain John Terry has had one of his finest seasons, after several underwhelming years in the team.
While it has been Chelsea who emerge triumphant, the standard of the rest of the league has not been so great. Arsenal had a moderate start, and only a run 8 straight wins in Spring has elevated them up to a potential 2nd place finish. If they started the season as they are ending it, the race may the title may have been a bit more thrilling. Manchester City, who for most of the season were looking like the biggest challengers to Chelsea, had a shocking 2015, losing 5 games. From being challengers, level on points with Chelsea, they dropped back, and are now fighting for 2nd. United also suffered a shocking start, and only run of wins in the last few months had taken them up into the top 4, though with 3 consecutive defeats, a scrap for 4th is still on the cards.
But take nothing away from Chelsea, while the rest have been struggling to hit find top gear, Chelsea have been top all season, and as boring as they may be at times, they have achieved their goal, and the rest must step up for next season, otherwise it may be back to back titles next season.