Chelsea moved one step closer to the Premier League title courtesy of a 0-0 draw with rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, having produced a trademark defensive display.
The visitors held firm in the face of frequent attacking pressure from Arsene Wenger’s men, although the Gunners often failed to find the final killer ball to truly trouble the leaders.
The result interrupted Arsenal’s winning run, as they had entered the game on the back of nine successive triumphs. However, their strong end to the campaign will give the home faithful hope of challenging today’s opponents for top spot next term.
For Chelsea, it was mission accomplished, as demonstrated by their players’ celebrations when referee Michael Oliver blew his full-time whistle.
They know they can officially clinch title glory on Wednesday when they take on relegation-threatened Leicester City, as they sit 10 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
One of the game’s biggest flashpoints came early on in the contest. Chelsea playmaker Oscar ran through and lobbed the ball over Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina. Defender Hector Bellerin cleared the ball, while Ospina clattered into the Blues star, but no penalty was given:
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was given a rough ride by fans of his former club, and the home supporters were delighted when he was booked for diving:
Arsenal had a shout for a penalty of their own, but defender Gary Cahill was not penalised for handball:
In the end both sides settled for the point, but it was Mourinho’s men who were jubilant at full-time.