Crystal Palace by a lone goal at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
midweek and knew that a win over Crystal Palace would ensure a fourth Premier
League title and the first in five years.
and won the PFA Player of the Year Award scored the all-important winning goal
on the stroke of half time.
by Julian Speroni in goal for Palace but reacted quicker to nod in the rebound and
handed Mourinho his third Premier League medal.
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has been to win his first Premier League title in his second spell in charge of
“I can say it’s
very difficult, because the Premier League is changing and everything gets stronger,
it’s impossible to beat some teams 8-0 or 6-0. You saw Crystal Palace come here
with a fantastic attitude.
“The English game is still my favourite. I could be
smarter and like other managers choose teams and countries where it’s easy to be
champions, where they can enjoy calmly their success. I choose a country where
it’s difficult to win and a club without a big tradition of winning Premier
League titles because the last one was in 2010. I choose a difficult job.”
|Chelsea players celebrating Premier League win in the dressing room.|
former Real Madrid manager and he told BBC Sport:
“I am very happy and
proud. I need a rest, I’m tired. It’s not easy to cope with that, but finally
mathematically we are champions now. Finally we can breathe, relax and enjoy.
We can look back and see how much we deserve to be champions. I think last
season we were building something. This season there was work ethic, group
ethic and principles with more stability and a few players we brought here gave
us some qualities we didn’t have.”
claimed he knew they would always emerge champions.
“I always thought when the season started, and then
winning match after match, I was feeling the team would be ready. I knew the
work ethic would be there and the spirit would be there. The mentality in key
moments in the season was there. I thought we had everything to win the
season and claims another league title after winning the La Liga with Athletico
Madrid last season.
“I came to Chelsea to win the title and it is great to
do it in the first year.
“It will be nice and relaxed in training now. It makes
it more special doing it in front of your fans. Maybe if Arsenal had lost
tomorrow, we would have been champions in our home and that is not the same.
“The last four games I have played, I have kept a clean
sheet. That shows we are defending well.”
London to frustrate Chelsea’s title bid but ultimately fell to an Eden Hazard
goal on the stroke of half time and believes Mourinho deserves the victory.
“That’s why he (Mourinho) earns the money he does. He
wins. He wins trophies and he will win them in any manner he thinks is right
for that particular occasion.
“It will have to be a very good side that tops this
team next year and I’m sure Jose will add to his depth as well.”
“Congratulations to Chelsea and Jose Mourinho and his
players. They thoroughly deserve to win it and they’re a credit to football.
This Chelsea team were flamboyant in the first half of the season and did the
job in the second half of the campaign. They have all the tools you need to win
worthy of at least a point in the encounter but Hazard changed the game and the Crystal
Palace manager smartly veiled his disaffection.
“Today I thought we were a credit to the Premier League
in terms of giving the champions a game. We made it hard for them. We had a
game plan to try to restrict them. They are a difficult team to face – a team
for all seasons and all scenarios.
“We could’ve had a penalty and they got one, and that
was key. I’m not going to be critical of Eden Hazard, he’s had a bit of contact
and gone down.”