As the curtains are about to be drawn on all leagues around Europe, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have wrapped up a fourth Premier League triumph.
It was perhaps a fitting end to the title race with that Eden Hazard scored the winner against Crystal Palace to send Stamford Bridge in celebratory mode. But despite securing the title comfortably, questions still remain over the way the London club play the game.
For the past decade or so in the Premier League, there are many factors that have decided where the title ends up in May. Certainly the team that had most of the good fortune or luck always has a great chance of capturing the title.
The team that benefits from most if not all the big decisions in the big games most often than not goes on to become champions. However, the factor that stands out most is the ability or what some people call ‘the-know-how’ to pick-up points consistently week after week.
With just two defeats over the duration of the season so far, it is no wonder the Chelsea are 11 points ahead clear and are already champions. Mourinho’s team is the only one in the division to consistently win points week-in-week-out.
It is a skill that is very difficult but can be mastered by very organised teams and this Chelsea team has been the most discipline over the duration of the season. They have the best defence in the league and the second best attack which speaks volumes to how good they’ve been.
The Premier League is a league due to its pace, physical nature and direct style. The team that plays the best brand of football and the club with the best squad is not necessarily the club that wins. It is the team that is capable of picking-up points every week that generally become champions.
That consistency is extraordinarily difficult to achieve due to the level of competitiveness across the league. Mourinho is a master tactician and his Chelsea team has benefited greatly from his genius approach in big games despite pressure from the football world about his perceived boring style.
Certainly Chelsea has bullied the ‘smaller clubs’ and very cautious against the big boys but they have won the points in the battle of the top five clubs. The Blues have won the battle of the big boys and have conquered teams against which their rivals failed to even get a point.
They are worthy champions as they are the team that equipped themselves well every week and managed to compile their points tally despite not being the most entertaining. At the end of it all points are all that matter which Jose Mourinho and his boys work their socks off to achieve.
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