Things We Learnt From Chelsea’s Win Over Crystal Palace
One goal was all Chelsea needed to be crowned Champions of England!! The same old Chelsea spirit, with a new set of players, saw the Blues lift the Premier League trophy for the 5th time in their history.
Here are the things we learned from yesterday’s victory over a resilient Palace side:
Attack Wins Games, Defense Wins Trophies
Chants of “Boring, Boring, Chelsea” heard at the Emirates just a week ago, looked to disappear into thin air as Stamford Bridge was in party mood. Chelsea deployed a defensive approach to the game and grinded out a result yet again. Negative Football has been associated with Mourinho and Chelsea in recent games. But it does not matter how many goals you score if you don’t get a result. This season, Chelsea have won 11 games by a one goal margin and 5 of them were with a 1-0 scoreline. Chelsea’s defensive approach may not look attractive to a neutral, but the ability to win even after an average performance is a mark of champions. Chelsea has the best goal difference this season, that shows how good they have been as a defensive unit.
Consistency is The Key
We can not deny that Chelsea are having a good season. But, their opponent did not do enough to challenge them either. Manchester United have their own ups and downs this season. They are struggling with the new approach by their newly appointed manager. Liverpool, meanwhile aren’t able to cope with Suarez’s departure and their new recruits did not meet their expectation. Manchester City, the defending Champion are struggling with many injuries. The absence of Yaya Toure in January, exposed them as they lost their momentum in the title race.
Chelsea started their season with a bang, thanks to their transfer approach. They strengthened their squad early in the pre-season with the acquisition of Drogba, Costa, Fabregas, Zouma and Luis. They were playing at their optimum level early in the season and build their momentum from that moment. Although they had a hiccup during the festive season, they manage to get the result needed thanks to commanding display from Terry and a stellar performance from Hazard week in week out. Mourinho approach with minimal changes in the lineup through the whole season was also a major factor for this consistency.
Old is Gold
The renewal of Terry’s contract seems to be the best business Chelsea has done this season. Terry never missed a game in the Premier League. With his leadership, Chelsea boasted the best defensive records in the league. Till 3th May 2015, Chelsea has only conceded 27 goals. Moreover, Terry has scored 4 goals this season and becomes the joint highest goal scoring defender in Premier League. The inclusion of Drogba, 37 years old, has provided Chelsea the experience that was missing in the squad. Chelsea’s current ‘young’ squad is bestowed by a never die attitude with Drogba alongside them. Petr Cech was dethroned as the first choice goalkeeper by Courtois. But it never stopped him from helping the team to win the league. Old is gold, Chelsea’s Old Guards have proved that age is only a number.
Money Maker Champion
Chelsea has become the first Premier League champions in over a decade to have recorded a profit in the transfer market. We have recorded a transfer profit of £1.14 Million this season, after spending £111.6 Million and gaining £113m in transfer fees. Manchester United (£113m), Manchester City (£60m), Arsenal (£57.6m) and Liverpool (£30.25m) have all spent more overall than us.
It is an icing on the cake and a mock to the other team who have spent more than us, but lagging behind with a huge points gap. Chelsea’s approach to buy young talents, loan them and make huge profits from their transfer fee was a brilliant business. We have utilised the loan system to the optimum for our gain. Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Schurrle, just to name a few who were purchased with the reasonable price, but then was sold at the much higher price. Although, it was a disappointing scenery as these young talents might have had a bright future with the club, we cannot afford to keep them as Financial Fair Play was implemented by UEFA.
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Edited By: Harshal