Chelsea went into Sunday's match up with London rivals Crystal Palace with the chance to clinch their fourth top division title. If the title itself was not enticing enough, securing it in front of the home crowd was all the more reason to perform.

Jose Mourinho was forced to make a game time switch, inserting Juan Cuadrado for an ill Ramires. Ramires being the pegged starter was evidence for a defensive setup from Jose Mourinho. Eden Hazard's rebound after his penalty was saved turned out to be the only goal in the match. Chelsea dominated the play with 62% possession, most of it being short one touch football to kill the clock in the second half.

Chelsea's consistency and adaptability means they are 2014-2015 Premier League Champions.

GK Thibaut Courtois: 6

In the second half, Thibaut Courtois rushed off his line and blocked an effort from Wilfried Zaha. A quiet day between the sticks, Zaha's effort the only one on target.

D Branislav Ivanovic: 5

Could not deal with the pace of Palace's danger man Wilfried Zaha. The winger's quick feet and flamboyant moves had Ivanovic circling and calling for help. He was booked for his turbulent defending on the tricky Zaha.

D Gary Cahill: 7

Was positionally spot on and covered Ivanovic when Zaha was too much for the Serbian to handle. He ends the title campaign in top form.

D John Terry: 7

Solid alongside his compatriot, keeping the backline compact. A comfortable time for much of the match, playing with three defensive midfielders in front of him at one point. The captain will lift the Premier League trophy after the home match against Sunderland.

D Cesar Azpilicueta: 7

Azpilicueta proved strong and tough to beat for Palace wingers. As Eden Hazard drifted towards the center in the second half, Azpilicueta was Chelsea's outlet up the left, providing width for the team.

M Nemanja Matic: 8



A classic Nemanja Matic performance. Matic was Jose Mourinho's kingpin in a match that desperately needed a defensive workhorse. In the first half Matic was the main support as Ivanovic was found out by an unpredictable Wilfried Zaha. The Serbian broke up play when Palace tried to hit on the break, recording five tackles and two interceptions. It is hard to imagine Chelsea lifting the trophy without Nemanja Matic. His presence is daunting and is what any club desires in midfield.

M Cesc Fabregas: 7

Cesc Fabregas was the maestro as Chelsea played ping-pong with the ball in the second half. The triangles he orchestrated resembled the kind of play he was part of during his time with Barcelona. His ability to find a pass has been instrumental to Chelsea's title. He leads the league in assists and was potent in combination with Diego Costa when the striker was fit.

M Willian: 7

If there was an PFA award for underrated player of the year, Willian would be lifting it. His defensive qualities are often over looked because of the plaudits given to Chelsea's back line, but I am sure Branislav Ivanovic appreciates his motor in front of him. In for Oscar through the middle this match, injecting pace into the game and linking up with Eden Hazard when the Belgian was brought down in the box. A world class player.

M Juan Cuadrado: 6

Looked lively in the first half including a decent effort from forty yards out. Cruelly subbed off at halftime for the closer John Obi Mikel.

M Eden Hazard: 7

Drew the penalty that he would end up missing, but a fantastic header on the rebound turned out to be the title winning goal.

F Didier Drogba: 5

A poor game in front of goal, missing many opportunities that a player of his level should at least put on target. Although today was not his best game he has proved vital this season as Diego Costa and Loic Remy succumbed to injury. Great to see the legend celebrating another title.

M John Obi Mikel: 7

No better example of foreshadowing than the back of John Obi Mikel standing on the touchline as the second half is set to begin. He was subbed on for an energetic Juan Cuadrado to completely deny Palace any route to Thibaut Courtois's goal. He did the defensive side well and even put a shot on target after a lovely one-two with Didier Drogba.

D Kurt Zouma: N/A

As if Mikel and Matic weren't sturdy enough. On for Willian.

D Filipe Luis: N/A

On for Eden Hazard. Never cemented his position in the first team this season, a champion nonetheless.

Man of the Match: Nemanja Matic   
Chelsea began the day six points away from Premier League glory and a trip to relegation fighting Leicester City meant a prime opportunity for three points. Chelsea started the night slowly, not mounting any real threat on goal, and Leicester took advantage by taking the lead just before halftime through Marc Albrighton. A stern team talk from Jose Mourinho was answered with a sizzling second half performance that included three goals and three points.

The match ended 3-1 with goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ramires. The third coming from the Brazilian in the midst of an ironic "Boring Boring" Chelsea chant from the away fans.

One victory and Chelsea will be Premier League Champions.

GK Petr Cech: 7

A rare start in place of an unfit Thibaut Courtois. Not the busiest of nights for the veteran but made a spectacular save during a mad scramble in front of his goal. Very well could be his last performance in a Chelsea shirt.

D Branislav Ivanovic: 8

One of the rare matches during the calendar year that Ivanovic was given the freedom to run the attacking flank. The license to roam resulted in a beautiful cross that Didier Drogba put in the back of the net. Also dealt well with the pace of Jamie Vardy, making many crucial tackles. 

D Gary Cahill: 7

Another strong, mistake free performance for Gary Cahill. His fantastic flicked header in the second half led to a tap in for John Terry.

D John Terry: 8

John Terry is easily the defender of the year in the league, adding another brilliant performance to this season's resume. His defensive presence was yet overshadowed by his goal that saw Chelsea take a lead they would later add to. Today's goal means the Chelsea defender now has 64 goals in the blue of Chelsea. Madness. 

D Cesar Azpilicueta: 6

Defensively a night Dave will like to forget. His first half slip gave Marc Albrighton the opportunity to slot home the opening goal and give Leicester the lead. Going forward Azpilicueta gave Eden Hazard attacking support he rarely receives. 

M Nemanja Matic: 7

Solid and powerful, a standard Nemanja Matic performance. He filled the gaps that opened in result of Chelsea's more aggressive second half style. 

M Cesc Fabregas: 6

Bagged his 17th assist of the season with a pullback to a late arriving Ramires. Controlled the game whether Chelsea were looking to counter or play around the opposition's box. He should have scored on a sweeping cross from Willian. 

M Ramires: 7

He heard the sarcastic cries of "Boring Boring" Chelsea and decided it was the perfect time to score a weak footed screamer on the edge of the box.

M Eden Hazard: 6

Not the most dazzling performance for the PFA Player of the Year. However, his presence on the field meant that two or three defenders drifted towards him when the ball was at his feet, leaving space for other Chelsea players.

M Willian: 8



Willian's pace was electrifying on the break as he looked to burst through Leicester's midfield at every chance. He delivered several good crosses, including one that Cesc Fabregas should have finished. Leicester simply could not deal with the speed of Willian, either from a standstill or on the break. His only knock was a defensive lapse that left Azpilicueta exposed on the opening goal of the match. His pristine play on the ball heavily out shadowed this one mishap though. 

F Didier Drogba: 6

Slow-footed and inaccurate on the ball in the first half, leaving most people calling for Oscar in the second half. He rewarded Mourinho's choice to leave him on with a goal within the first three minutes of the second half.

D Kurt Zouma: N/A

On in the last leg of the match to sure up the midfield. 

M John Obi Mikel: N/A

Likewise to Zouma, on to secure the middle of the park.

M Juan Cuadrado: N/A

A stoppage time appearance, leaving Chelsea fans wondering if he will ever see first team action. 

Man of the Match: Willian






Chelsea began Sunday needing two wins to raise the Premier League trophy, but only left the Emirates with a 0-0 draw versus London rivals Arsenal. In the past week Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have been chastised for the recent defensive set up of the team. Mourinho ignored the critics and chose to set up defensively once again. It proved the right choice at this stage in the season.

Arsenal finished the match with 57% possession but failed to record more shots on target than the Blues, a stat likely to bother Arsenal boss and Mourinho stricken Arsene Wenger. Injuries to Diego Costa and Loic Remy meant Oscar started up front for Chelsea, with veteran Didier Drogba on the bench. The Brazilian made a solid makeweight striker but left the match at half time after suffering a head injury in the first half. Without a recognized finisher Chelsea were unable to hit the back of the net but the plaudits goes to the back line for masterfully protecting Thibaut Courtois's goal.

The draw sees "Boring Boring" Chelsea keep their ten point lead going into a match up with relegation fighting Leicester City on Wednesday.

GK Thibaut Courtois: 6

The sturdy defense in front of the Belgian meant he didn't have too busy a day. He gathered balls in the box comfortably and made one save when called upon.

D Branislav Ivanovic: 7

Flirted with the red in the referees pocket, committing four fouls, but dealt well with the charging Arsenal attack. Heavily outpaced when matched against Alexis Sanchez but his power and wits proved worthy for the fight. Having Willian and Ramires in front of him certainly helped against the speed.

D Gary Cahill: 7

Strong and good positioning next to Captain John Terry. The naive errors are starting to drift out of his game as he finds his top form. Admittedly I am surprised by his inclusion in the team of the season.

D John Terry: 9



The Englishman is always in the right position. When Arsenal appeared to have a route to goal John Terry stepped in with a booming clearance to stifle the chance. He organized the defense, keeping the line compact and high to give the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian a chance to counter attack. His lack of pace was heavily outweighed by his ability to see an attack before it happened and step in at the ideal moment. One of his performances of the season.

D Cesar Azpilicueta: 8

Dave proved his worth once again with yet another solid performance. His ability to defend one on one completely prevented Aaron Ramsey from impacting the match. His motor runs until the final whistle so any right sided player, let alone a man out of position such as Aaron Ramsey, will find it hard to find an opening on the Spaniard's watch.

M Nemanja Matic: 7

Not a particularly bruising performance from Nemanja Matic, mostly because he has set the bar so high for himself. He sat in front of the defense preventing any space for Arsenal to maneuver in the eighteen and filled gaps in the back four when necessary.

M Ramires: 7

In the team to provide cover for Branislav Ivanovic against Alexis Sanchez. The Brazilian also provided pace when Chelsea met an opportunity to counter.

M Cesc Fabregas: 7

Fabregas returned to his former club Arsenal and was met with boos on every touch. He stayed composed and orchestrated the Chelsea break with lovely switches to Eden Hazard and Willian. He coped well with the defensive side of the game as Chelsea were pushed back by a desperate Arsenal side.

M Willian: 8

Willian is certainly one of the first names on Jose Mourinho's team sheet. His defensive qualities as a winger are second to none as he is always willing to help the full back behind him. His pace and ability to take on defenders gave Chelsea one of few outlets to counter with. Juan Cuadrado has a long way to push into the first team.

M Eden Hazard: 7

When Chelsea implement a counter attacking philosophy Eden Hazard is always the first person Cesc Fabregas looks for to break. He gave the back line a breather by pushing Arsenal back and forcing them to defend. Just like any other Chelsea match he was the most fouled player.

F Oscar: 6

Substituted at halftime because of a nasty collision with Arsenal keeper David Ospina. In his short cameo he proved to be a feisty interim forward. In a game where Chelsea needed a player to hold up the ball it was thought that Didier Drogba would lead the line. Jose Mourinho instead went with the quicker, more agile Brazilian. On the same play that his head injury occurred he had an opportunity to chip the keeper but the lob effort was cleared off the line. This turned out to be Chelsea's best chance of the game.

F Didier Drogba: 6

Came on for the injured Oscar at halftime. The Ivorian provided an aerial threat during the second half and defended well on set pieces.

D Kurt Zouma: N/A

A short appearance for booed Cesc Fabregas.

M Juan Cuadrado: N/A

A rare appearance for the Colombian that gave fans the opportunity to duly cheer the hardworking Willian.

Man of the Match: John Terry  
With a second straight 1-0 victory, Jose Mourinho proved once again that he is a master at leading a team to narrow victories. The opponent this time around was red hot Manchester United, who failed to break down Chelsea's sturdy defense. Chelsea began the match seven points clear of second place Arsenal and a match winning goal by Eden Hazard lifted the Blues to a firm ten point lead in the title race.

Manchester United dominated the match with 70% possession and 15 shots but failed to hit the back of the net or seriously trouble Thibaut Courtois. United's best chance fell to Wayne Rooney in the first half but the Englishman failed to put his side footed effort on target. Another great opportunity came to Radamel Falcao in the second half who sent Courtois the wrong way but smacked his shot off the woodwork.

Chelsea now find themselves two victories away from Premier League glory.

GK Thibaut Courtois: 7

Manchester United ending the match with 70% possession should mean that Thibaut Courtois had a busy day, but the Belgian was only asked to make two saves to keep his clean sheet. He displayed his massive stature by easily gathering possession on several Manchester United balls in the box.

D Branislav Ivanovic: 8

Left exposed by Oscar in the first half but dealt well with the pace of Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. His strength was vital in Chelsea's containment of Marouane Fellaini, as was the rest of the back line.

D Gary Cahill: 7

It has been a shaky past few months at the back for Gary Cahill but today's performance shows he is still a solid central defender. Still yet to regain his form from last season though.

D John Terry: 8

The elder statesman proved yet again why he is called Captain Leader Legend. John Terry marshaled his back line to yet another clean sheet and made many vital tackles; the most important being the brutish challenge on Radamel Falcao that led to the only goal of the match.

D Cesar Azpilicueta: 8

Posed and reliable, a standard Cesar Azpilicueta performance. Manchester United attackers found it hard to make any leeway on Dave's side of the pitch, fancying their chances against the lonely Branislav Ivanovic.

M Cesc Fabregas: 7

Moved the ball quick and consistent with his passing. The ignition for Chelsea's quick counter attacking philosophy. The Spaniard is beginning to regain his form from the first half of the season.

M Nemanja Matic: 9



In the first two minutes of the game Nemanja Matic easily shrugged off pesky challenges from Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao. The Serbian continued displaying that power and bullied the Red Devils as the game went on. He made tackle after tackle, thwarting any danger from the midfield and protecting the four defenders behind him. His ability to dispossess along with his positional awareness made it impossible for Manchester United to gain any real ground on Thibaut Courtois's goal.

M Kurt Zouma: 7

Zouma was placed in the Chelsea lineup to follow Marouane Fellaini around the pitch, a job he did well. One of the few players to give the Belgian competition in the air this season.

M Eden Hazard: 8

Once again a sizzling performance from Eden Hazard. He electrified the Chelsea counter attack, often times going at Manchester United by himself. Slid the ball between the legs of David De Gea after being played in by an Oscar backheel. Cementing his position as the favorite for player of the year.

M Oscar: 6

The Brazilian left Ivanovic alone to solely deal with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw bombing up the left side of the pitch in the first half. He improved his defending in the second half, making several robust challenges to solidify Chelsea's game plan. His creativity sparkled with a back heel assist to Eden Hazard but has yet to consistently display that kind of play this season. Still lacking going forward.

F Didier Drogba: 7

The two words that describe Didier Drogba's performance: Old and wise. Slow on the counter attack but experienced and strong in his hold up play.

M Ramires: 6

Came on for his defensive qualities over fellow Brazilian Oscar.

M John Obi Mikel: N/A

A stoppage time appearance. Good to see the Nigerian fit again.

M Willian: N/A

A stoppage time substitution after Eden Hazard took a knee to the back of the head.

Man of the Match: Nemanja Matic