This time last year Chelsea we’re scratching their heads after beating the ‘top four teams’ in the league season but losing to lesser teams and conceding the title to Manchester City. A year on and some new additions to the squad have seen a more assured Chelsea team reclaim the title, after last winning it five years ago.
The beginning of their road to the title crown saw the club make a number of astute signings in the summer of 2014. Recalling Thibaut Courtois from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid ensured a strong last line of defense with 13 clean sheets this season in the league. The addition of Cesc Fabregas, also purchased from the Spanish La Liga has given the blues more stability in the heart of the midfield. With Fabregas assisting 21 goals in the 2014/15 season including 6 assists in 6 consecutive matches (a league record), his presence in the middle of the park has been influential in the teams success.
The over hall up front meant departures for the likes of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, with replacements in the form Loic Remy, Diego Costa and a recall for Didier Drogba meant an improved strike force. Diego Costa was the the first signing of the summer and overall the fourth player to be signed from Spain, contributed 19 goals to the league success this season in a formidable partnership with Cesc Fabregas who assisted many of Costa’s goals this season.
The standout player for the team and the PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard has been impeccable this season moving up another gear striking interest from the big two in Spain. Scoring 17 goals and assisting 10, Hazard has been in a league of his own this season and has won several games all on his own specifically with the winner against Manchester United in April and the winning goal in today’s clash against Crystal Palace.
A relatively small squad of 24 players have been rotated well by the manager this season to accommodate for injuries occured to key players and to ensure the strong performances continue, every player in the squad has had a part to play in the title victory of 2014/15.
Chelsea this season have been an unstoppable team, beating the ‘top four teams’ overall with 3 wins, 4 draws and 0 defeats whilst comfortably beating many of the best of the rest. Chelsea’s performances this season have seen them lose on only two occasions, and winning 25 matches with a goal difference of 42 goals. The manager Jose Mourinho has already put down a marker to win more titles, and only time will tell if this team can go down in the record books. A great season for the club, and a well deserved title triumph.
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