As Chelsea beat Sunderland on the final day, they became the first team to win 30 games in one Premier League season, beating their previous tally of 29. The event was marked with joy as Chelsea were handed over the Premier League trophy, but also sadness (for Chelsea fans) as John Terry played his final game for the club.
Sunderland scored the first goal of the game but since then it was all Chelsea right until the end.
Here are the five things we learned from Chelsea 5-1 win over Sunderland on the final day:
1) The 26th minute
John Terry started today’s game, something he hasn’t done for most of this season. He was all around the pitch and seemed to be playing a freelancing role as compared to that of a central defender.
He played the opening 26 minutes and then was subbed off for Gary Cahill. The 26th minute was marked with huge applause from everyone present and as John Terry stepped out to hand over the captain’s armband and welcome Cahill onto the pitch (albeit after a lot of time wasting), he was commemorated with a guard of honour from the other 10 Chelsea players on the pitch.
Credit to Jordan Pickford to kick the ball out at the stroke of the 26th minute in order Chelsea could provide Terry with the reception they were hoping for.
2) Willian, Hazard, Pedro and Bats join the party
There were five goals for Chelsea in the game and they came from four different goal scorers.
3) Conte’s energy
The force that has helped Chelsea achieve their goal this season – Antonio Conte. Conte’s energy in the game was at the highest level like always. Today at times when the players were slow with the ball going forward, he was urging them to be quicker and get the passes going, there is no such thing as a dull moment when Antonio Conte is around!
4) Bats shines at the final late stage
Michy Batshuayi has been incredible for Chelsea towards the end of the season. He has made 3 appearances scoring 3 goals in total, quite remarkable. Though he was provided with limited game time in his first season at Chelsea, he has proved he can compete at the very highest level when given the opportunity.
He season stats for the campaign read 239 goals, 5 goals. He was outstanding tonight as he managed 2 goals to his name which eventually took Chelsea’s score to 5.
5) Chelsea lift their fifth Premier League title
Chelsea won their fifth Premier League title and it was the fifth time John Terry lifted it as captain, even though this campaign his involvement with the team was limited, he was still a very important part of the dressing room. Chelsea had previously won it 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2009-2010 and 2014-2015.
Chelsea definitely are a force to reckon with and have their focus set on the next week’s FA Cup so as to achieve the double, a feature they managed in 2009-2010 under Carlo Ancelotti.