Chelsea crowned Premier League champions in record fashion

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With three matches to go, Chelsea locked up the club’s fourth Premier League championship in front of their home fans by defeating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The win means Chelsea earned the title in nearly a wire-to-wire fashion. They held the top spot in the Premier League table since mid-August, and when the season is complete they will have spent 274 days at the top of the table, a Premier League record.

Chelsea has won five top-flight championships, four of them in the Premier League era all under owner Roman Abramovich, and three of them under the watchful eye of manager Jose Mourinho. They did it with defense first, just 27 goals allowed, the fewest in the Premier League. Meanwhile, “boring boring Chelsea” scored 69 goals, one back of Manchester City for most in the league.

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The Blues dominated this season through both team and individual success. Mourinho guided the club to a League Cup title as well, earning his second double at the helm of Chelsea alongside the 2004/05 season. For his players on a personal note, Eden Hazard won PFA Player of the Year as the Premier League’s best player, capping it off with the clinching goal to beat Crystal Palace. He and five teammates were also named to the PFA Team of the Season. John Terry also equaled Roy Keane’s record by captaining a team to four Premier League titles. Thibaut Courtois, at 22 years old, becomes the first Belgian to win three league titles in three different countries, winning in Belgium and Spain before earning the starting goalkeeper spot with Chelsea.

[ VIDEO: Jose Mourinho all business following title-clinching win ]

It was a season of domination, as the club not only rode the top of the table nearly the whole way, but did so by making Stamford Bridge a fortress. They are the only undefeated side at home in the English top flight, with a 14-3-0 record while conceding just a meager seven goals in front of home fans.

Congratulations to Chelsea, your 2014/15 Premier League champions!