Chelsea were finally able to get their hands on the Premier League trophy, after they crowned off their excellent season as a goal from Diego Costa and a brace from Loic Remy helped them come from behind and secure a 2-1 win against Sunderland.
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With Sunderland’s top flight status already secured following their goalless draw with Arsenal in midweek, and Chelsea having clinched the title long before this weekend, you may be forgiven for thinking that both sides would adopt a laboured tempo. However, the game began at a frenetic pace, with both teams looking threatening in attack.
It was the Blues that got the first chance, and it looked as the ball rolled across the box that Didier Drogba may get another fairytale ending to his second stint at Stamford Bridge, although the penalty in the Champions League final will mean much more to him. The 37-year-old, who confirmed his departure earlier today (via Chelsea’s official website), was a couple yards from goal as Juan Cuardrado played the pass in, however his touch was faint, and the ball continued to fly across the goal.
Jose Mourinho’s men were punished midway through the first-half after Steven Fletcher headed in Adam Johnson’s corner. The Scotland striker found himself unmarked at the back post after a rare lapse of concentration in the Chelsea box.
Despite the goal, there was a moment of celebration for the majority of the ground soon after, as Didier Drogba was replaced for the final time. Incredibly, his teammates lined up to carry the player off the pitch as the crowd stood and applauded.
The man now trusted to do the job that Drogba spent years doing, Diego Costa, soon restored parity for the home side, as he scored a penalty eight minutes before the break. Juan Cuadrado was fouled by John O’Shea, but there were question marks about whether the challenge came inside the box.
The game seemed to become much more of a procession in the second half. Chelsea started to really impose themselves upon the game, but had to wait until the 70th minute to end Dick Advocaat’s side’s resistance. Some great work from Eden Hazard in the middle of the park allowed Loic Remy to pick the ball up on the edge of the area. His strike was hit well, but Costel Pantilimon would have been disappointed not to keep the effort out.
Remy added his second two minutes from time, as he had the simple task of tucking home a cross.
The final whistle allowed the celebrations to begin for the Blues, and John Terry was able to crown a wonderful season for the squad by lifting the Premier League trophy for the fourth time.