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How Chelsea’s Premier League title compares to other winners

Ashley Randall in Editorial, English Premier League 13 May 2017

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Chelsea celebrate winning the Premier League

Chelsea celebrate winning the Premier League

Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions last night when they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

It has been a great first year for manager Antonio Conte, whose 4-3-3 formation was pivotal in bringing the title back to Stamford Bridge.

Furthermore, if the Blues manage victory in their last two games against Watford and Sunderland, they will end the campaign on 93 points, which is a pretty hefty total.

But, is this the greatest points tally to ever grace the Premier League? We take a look at how Chelsea’s season compares to others in the competition’s history.

Chelsea 2004/05 – 95 points

Unfortunately, Chelsea won’t be able to break their own record set when they amassed an incredible 95 points. It was manager Jose Mourinho’s first Premier League title success with the Blues and remains the highest total achieved by any club since the reformatting of the competition back in 1992/93. The Blues went the whole season with just one defeat at Manchester City and they only conceded a stingy 15 times, with Petr Cech keeping 21 clean sheets in the process. The keeper also beat Peter Schemeichel’s record of 694 minutes without letting in a goal.

Manchester United 1999/00 – 91 points

This was Manchester United’s sixth Premier League crown in eight years and came just one year after their incredible treble success. Alex Ferguson’s men scored a record high 97 goals and their triumph was helped by 11 successive victories at the end of the campaign. This was the season in which Paul Scholes scored that sumptuous volley from a David Beckham corner and the Red Devils thumped West Ham United 7-1 at Old Trafford. There was no other side that even competed with United this year and they managed to win the title by a record 18 points.

Chelsea 2005/06 – 91 points

Jose Mourinho was at it again and managed a second Premier League title in successive seasons. The Blues helped their course with a nine game winning streak at the beginning of the season and found themselves 11 points clear of second-placed Manchester United at the start of the year. Frank Lampard had his incredible record of 164 consecutive league appearances cut short midway through the campaign when he was ruled out with a virus for one game. However, Chelsea secured the title with a victory over United at the end of April with a team that was benefited hugely from the signing of Michael Essien.

Arsenal 2003/04 – 90 points

Who could forget Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’? It was no doubt manager Arsene Wenger’s most successful year and one in which he went the whole season unbeaten. No other Premier League team has ever matched this record and the side included legends such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Freddie Ljungberg. This was a side known for its attacking players but they also only conceded a measly 26 goals throughout the campaign. Arsenal managed to finish 11 points clear at the top but a defining moment was when they managed to come from 2-1 down against Liverpool, to win 4-2 at Highbury.

Manchester United 2008/09 – 90 points

This was the third Premier League title in succession for Alex Ferguson’s men, which included a 16-match unbeaten run. One of the pivotal reasons they were so successful this year was their rock-solid defence, with goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar keeping an incredible 14 consecutive clean sheets. Additionally, Manchester United’s attacking line-up consisted of Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Dimitar Berbatov and Cristiano Ronaldo, so it was fair to say that had the right balance throughout the squad.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ashley Randall


Ash is a freelance football writer who lives, breathes and dreams the beautiful game. A lifelong Wolverhampton Wanderers season ticket holder, if he isn't at Molineux then he will be watching any game on television that he can set his eyes on. Producing work for various football websites and publications, Ash has also written for regional newspapers and global magazines.

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