Didier Drogba has admitted that he and his Chelsea team-mates knew they were very close to winning the Premier League title as early as March.
The Blues are preparing a party at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as a win against Crystal Palace will seal their first title in five years and their third under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho.
With Manchester City falling away, Chelsea have looked certain to win the title for some time, at least according to the pundits.
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As always, Mourinho attempted to play down his team's chances at every opportunity.
But with victory on their doorstep, Drogba has admitted that the Chelsea dressing room were confident of sealing the title after they lifted the Capital One Cup.
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The moment they knew
"I think 2004-05 was a bit different because they players were a bit more mature and they had a bit more experience," Drogba told the club's official website.
"Now, this team is getting this experience by winning trophies. 2004-05 was the year where we had to start somewhere and playing against Liverpool was a big thing.
To win it against them gave us the confidence to go and win the league.
"This year was important as well but we knew that the league was ... almost there."
Drogba has been a part of every Premier League title winning squad with Chelsea, collecting a medal in 2005, 2006 and 2010, but his exploits in the 2013 Champions League final are most historical.
The 36-year-old scored the equalising goal against Bayern Munich to take the game into extra time before tucking away the decisive penalty in the shootout.
Having returned for a second spell in the summer, Drogba is hoping to be the man to get them over the line once again.
He said: "I can't wait for Sunday because I was thinking, I've won three leagues and Sunday could be the fourth one," he said, "and then I start counting the FA Cups, League Cups, Champions League, Community Shields ... and I think it just became a habit.
"But something that you really need as a Chelsea player, at this club, you need trophies. For me to come back and go again in that direction means a lot to me.
"To score the winning goal ... wow, I would be very happy, very very happy, especially here at Stamford Bridge. It would be amazing. Sunday has to be a blue day."
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