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Chelsea clinch title with Great Eight success
Chelsea secured the Premier League title amid a party atmosphere on Sunday, thrashing Wigan Athletic 8-0 at Stamford Bridge to leave Manchester United a point short in second place after their 4-0 win over Stoke.
Didier Drogba tops the Premier League scoring charts with 29 after his hat-trick in Sunday’s win, which also featured two from Nicolas Anelka and one apiece from Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole.
The rout took Chelsea’s total of league goals for the season to 103, making them the first team to reach the century in the top flight since Tottenham Hotspur in 1963.
Denying United a record 19th league title and a fourth in succession is quite an achievement and they can top it by completing a double in next week’s FA Cup final against Portsmouth.
Yet there will perhaps be a nagging frustration at the club after another failure in the Champions League. It would have been a bit much to expect Carlo Ancelotti to bring that trophy home in his very first season, but it is clear that will be the target, the only target, next season.
PHOTO: Chelsea’s John Terry reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge in London May 9, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez