Sunday, May 9, 2010

Chelsea Wins English Premiership In Grand Style

The 2009/2010 English premiership finally came to a close this evening with Chelsea FC emerging as the crowned champions after a merciless 8-0 thumping of Wigan Athletics FC at The Stamford Bridge. At the end of 38 matches Chelsea had 86 points while Manchester United had 85points.

The league was keenly contested with several anxious moments, tension, great expectations and sometimes disappointments. At a point it was unclear as to who would emerge eventual champions. The competition was so fierce that the champion had to emerge on the very last day. Manchester United at a point looked good enough to snatch the premiership title, but they later lost the first spot to Chelsea.

Today’s match started with much tension on the side of Chelsea fans especially because of the fact that Manchester United was too close on the table. So everyone expected the Blues to win to be sure the league title was theirs. The players came into the game with much determination, knowing full well the league title was very important for them having lost the Carling Cup to Manchester United Earlier and having also lost out of this year’s UEFA Champions’ league. This determination reflected in the way they played as their first goal was scored in the 6th minute by Nicolas Anelka who smashed in a rebound from Didier Drogba’s free kick. From that moment on, it was clear that the Blues meant business and were not ready to slip on the last day of the league. Gary Caldwell conceded a penalty in the 31st minute which was neatly converted by Frank Lampard for Chelsea’s second goal.

Playing with 10 men, Wigan managed to contain the rampaging Chelsea in the first half with ball possession at 50%-50% for both sides. But on resumption of the second half, a much organized and better composed Chelsea side proved their superiority over the visitors as they went goal-riot. Salomon Kalou scored the Blues’ third goal in the 52nd minute to create a new premiership record of 98 goals, erasing Manchester United’s 97 goals record in the 1999/2000 league season. The Blues went ahead to net 5 more goals leaving the full time score at 8-0.

Nicolas Anelka was on target for his second goal of the evening at the 56th minute but Didier Drogba added the next three goals in the 63rd, 68th and 80th minutes to complete a hatrick. This also ensured he emerged the highest goal scorer for the season with 29 goals against 26 by his closest rival Wayne Rooney. Ashley Cole added yet a goal at the 90th minute for a complete routing of the visitors. Chelsea completed the season with 86 points, scoring 103 goals and conceded 32 goals, with goals difference of +71. Manchester United followed closely with 85 points, scoring 86 goals and conceded 28, while Arsenal FC was third with 75 points, 83 goals for and 41 against. Portsmouth ended the season with just 19 points from 38 matches.

Chelsea would be meeting Portsmouth FC this weekend the in the FA Cup final. With their current form, the Blues are favoured to make to win the trophy to make it doubles for them this season.

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