Final day of the 2009-2010 season, and an 8-0 demolition of Wigan at Stamford Bridge ensured Chelsea claimed their 4th title, the first one for ‘Don’ Carlo for his reign at Chelsea which had started this season, but also in the process they broke the record for the number of goals scored in a season, which takes the current tally to 103, while Drogba scored a hat-trick to ensure he went ahead of Rooney and claim the ‘golden boots’. Chelsea thoroughly deserve to lift the trophy as they dominated this 2009-2010 season from start to finish, and although Manchester United were hoping for a miracle today, it never happened, and to be fair for the Blues, any miracle today would have been injustice towards them and the season they have had so far.
Chelsea crowned champions of the English Premier League, the long awaited wait finally over as Manchester United kept the pressure and were behind by only one point, but the Blues never faltered in today’s last match, and it was Anelka who opened the score after only 6 minutes to send the whole Blue army in ecstasy. On the 32nd minute, Lampard scored from the spot after he was brought down in the box by Caldwell, who in the process was sent off. A bit on tension however between Drogba and Lampard for the penalty as Drogba clearly wanted to take it to then be one goal ahead of Rooney, but Lampard stood his ground and placed in beautifully. Thereafter till the break, Drogba sulked around.
The second half was like the first, and Kalou scored the 3rd after only 54minutes played, and 2 minutes later Anelka scored his double to make it 4-0. Then came the Drogba show, as may be matters were cleared in the dressing room at half-time, and Lampard send a cross for Drogba to head home on the 63rd minute. 5 minutes later, Chelsea won another penalty, and this time Lampard allowed Drogba to take it, although he was lucky to score as the ball went in off the post. On the 80th minute Drogba was yet again on hand to tap the ball in after J.Cole’s shot was parried, and Ashley Cole ended the show with a brilliant volley, 8-0, worthy champions.
Manchester United on their side faced Stoke City at Old Trafford, and the goal by Anelka on the 6th minute must have already told the whole story to Sir Alex in the end, but still the Red Devils kept to the task, and won 4-0. Fletcher opened the scoring on the 31st minute of play, as a corner from Giggs was headed by Vidic onto Rooney, but the loose ball fell to Fletcher, and he never thought twice before shooting in from close range. 7 minutes later, Giggs scored his 155th United goal, but by that time Chelsea as well had scored and the Red Devils must have known there would be no miracle. Berbatov provided the assist for the Welsh wizard, but the former’s fate is still undecided, while the latter has signed a one year deal.
The second half saw Higginbotham score the 12th own goal in United’s favor this season, and it was Rooney who initiated this goal, as his low cross was for Nani, but in a desperate attempt to clear, Higginbotham only managed to place it just below the bar, which the ball hit as it went in. The final goal came from Ji Sung Park in the last 6 minutes, Park who came on to replace Rooney only minutes earlier as the latter seemed to suffer from his groin injury yet again. Giggs’ corner kick was missed by both Nani and Macheda, but Park had followed the ball’s path well, and headed in past the keeper. 4-0, a good win for the final game, but which unfortunately does not change anything in the rankings and the Red Devils had to content themselves with the second place, and the only trophy, the Carling Cup. Man Utd have only themselves to blame for not winning this title, as they lost some important games in the run-out, and also the lack of proper defensive back-ups when Ferdinand, Evans, Vidic and Neville were out injured.
Elsewhere, the battle for the 3rd place was taking on albeit at a distance, as Arsenal were facing Fulham, while Tottenham traveled to Burnley. Arsenal in the end were the ones to secure comfortably their 3rd spot, as Arshavin on the 21st minute took full opportunity of Schwarzer’s mistake to punish the Fulham keeper, and minutes later, the 26th, Van Persie scored a second as Fulham crumbled under the pressure and their own mistakes. To make things worse, Baird scored an own-goal on the 37th minute as yet again Fulham showed lack of concentration. Vela rounded off the match in the second half, on the 84th minute, to ensure the Gunners secured the third place, which means an automatic qualification for the Champions League next season.
At the same time, Spurs looked to pose some threat for Arsenal for the 3rd place, but Burnley outplayed them in the end, as although relegated, they played for pride in front of their fans and saw off Spurs on a 4-2 scoreline. Bale and Modric had given a well deserved 0-2 lead after 32 minutes, but on the 42nd minute Burnley scored one back thru Elliott, and in the second half, on the 54th minute, Cork leveled things up. Paterson then gave Burnley the lead on the 71st minute, and finally Spurs sank as Thompson scored the 4th on the 88th minute.
Liverpool ended their season in dismay as they could only manage a 0-0 draw away at Hull, who are relegated like Burnley. Everton managed to see off relegated Portsmouth in injury-time as Bilyaletdinov scored the only goal of the match, but Pompey will have another match to play next weekend, and this time it will be against newly crowned champions Chelsea, for the the final of the FA Cup. West Ham and Manchester City drew 1-1, whereby no change in rankings for either team, as Boa Morte scored for the Hammers on the 17th minute, but Wright-Phillips leveled matters on the 21st minute, and then game over from there on. Aston Villa fell to a Dunne’s own goal as Blackburn won 0-1, but they, like Man City, would be pleased not to have to play the qualifiers for the Europa League. Finally Bolton saw off Birmingham 2-1, and the same scoreline saw Wolves win against Sunderland.
Next stop therefore for Chelsea would be the FA Cup final against Portsmouth next weekend, and Fulham will face Athletico Madrid for the Europa League final in midweek, while all the other teams can already go on holidays, and for some it is already the start of the hunt for new talents/players for next season.