Chelsea were anointed kings of the Premier League on Sunday as they were rewarded for their exploits over the course of the season with the presentation of the coveted trophy.
Jose Mourinho’s side cruised to glory with four games remaining - a narrow victory over Crystal Palace earlier this month placing them mathematically clear - yet it is fair to say there has been a reluctance to accept them as champions.
The perceived ‘boring’ brand of football produced by Chelsea has been a bugbear for many but there is no argument that the Blues have been the most consistently superior team on show over the duration of the campaign.
The accusations of ‘boring’ Chelsea reached their peak following the tepid draw with Arsenal last month, and there were suggestions that Mourinho had ‘parked the bus’ in order to negate the attacking talents of the opposition.
This was a barb not forgotten at Stamford Bridge, as demonstrated on Monday morning as Chelsea prepared for the customary celebratory parade following the lifting of a fifth Premier League title.
Chelsea’s official Twitter account were able to have the last laugh over their rivals with a little poke at the criticism they have endured in recent weeks, and there’s no doubt the club’s fans will be revelling in this mischief.
All’s well that ends well for Chelsea, and this was not a bad way to bow out for the summer.