|Fireworks are released at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea well and truly in the mood to party at the end of the season|
In the 15 frenzied minutes it took a crew to assemble the stage for Chelsea to receive the Barclays Premier League trophy, their supporters were treated to the raw statistics. Chelsea had been top of the table for a record 268 days, from the moment they beat Everton 6-3 at Goodison Park on August 30 to this final, momentous day in the English football calendar. ‘That’s why we’re champions,’ they sang from the stands.Jose Mourinho’s team have been unbeaten at Stamford Bridge, winning 15 matches at home on the way to reclaiming the Premier League title by eight points. ‘Bring on the champions,’ they bayed. And so they did, one by one until they finally, agonisingly got their hands on some shiny silverware to celebrate in front of their supporters.
There were references to the champions everywhere - more than 100 in the club programme alone - but this is an important day in the history of this club and Mourinho. This lot are winners. The frenzied celebrations are the start of a 48 hour Chelsea-fest, a a party starting at Stamford Bridge that will continue through streets awash with blue and white scarves on Monday.
Their 3-1 victory was almost incidental to the main event, a trophy lift that took place at 5.10pm, after every member of the backroom staff, coaching staff and playing staff had been wheeled out. Chelsea have been too good for all comers this season, as they demonstrated by recovering from a goal down to record their 26th victory of a 38 game league programme. The proof is in the pudding.
This sure tasted sweet for those boys in blue, cantering to victory with goals from substitutes Diego Costa, from the penalty spot, and two from Loic Remy after the break.
|Chelsea striker Didier Drogba wears the crown from the trophy as he poses with his team-mates during the presentation|
|Drogba took centre stage on his final appearance for Chelsea as he led the Premier League title celebrations|
|Ticket tape covers the Chelsea players as they finally get the chance to celebrate winning the title after victory over Sunderland|
|Cesc Fabregas celebrates with his girlfriend and daughter after the celebrations at Stamford Bridge|
|Petr Cech waves to the crowd as he made what looks set to be his final appearance for Chelsea|
|Terry celebrates with his two children|
|Mourinho took off his medal and appeared to give it to his daughter in the crowd at Stamford Bridge|
|Mourinho gestures to the fans as Chelsea prepare to lift the Premier League trophy after victory over Sunderland|
|Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich waves to the crowd as he watched his side lift the Premier League trophy|
|Chelsea players take a lap of honour after being presented with the Premier League trophy|
|Loic Remy fires home his second goal and Chelsea's third as the champions made sure of the three points|
|Remy celebrates scoring his second goal as the French striker ensured he had a productive end to the season|
|John Terry is among the players who went to Didier Drogba's aid and helped him off the pitch after he suffered an injury|
|Drogba saw the funny side as his Chelsea career came to an end midway through the half and he had to be taken off|
|Drogba revealed earlier that he will leave Chelsea for a second time this summer but intends to continue his playing career elsewhere|
|Eden Hazard was presented with the Barclays Player of the Season award before the final game of the season|
- Daily Mail