Back to the Bridge with a trophy under our arm, there is a league position still to be secured. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton study game 69…
Chelsea's stunning victory in Amsterdam marked the 11th final in the 10 years of the Roman Abramovich era - the 12th if you include this season's UEFA Super Cup - and our fifth European final overall. Branislav Ivanovic - there is no more deserving player - clinched the 13th trophy since the club changed hands in 2003 with his first European strike since the one that slayed Napoli.
Stylish Benfica were great adversaries but it was not to be for them; they have now lost their last seven European finals over 50 years.
The Blues demonstrated the mettle and efficiency that has been a hallmark of all four UEFA triumphs stretching back to Athens in 1971. As everyone now knows, the Londoners are the first club ever to be holders simultaneously of the Champions League and Europa League and the only English side to have won all three major UEFA trophies.
The win adds a date for your diary: the UEFA Super Cup in Prague on 30 August, against either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund.
And what a week for Frank Lampard: new club-record goalscorer, captain of the Europa League winners and signed up for another year at the Bridge.
|Top 12 Premier League scorers on minutes per goal|
|Goals||Mins played||A goal every|
|Frank Lampard||15||1,810||120.6 mins|
|Robin van Persie||25||3,033||121.3 mins|
|Edin Džeko||14||1,723||123.0 mins|
|Luis Suarez||23||2,955||128.4 mins|
|Romelu Lukaku||14||1,960||140.0 mins|
|Gareth Bale||20||2,835||141.7 mins|
|Christian Benteke||19||2,821||148.4 mins|
|Theo Walcott||14||2,194||156.7 mins|
|Demba Ba||15||2,471||164.7 mins|
|Dimitar Berbatov||14||2,760||197.1 mins|
|Rickie Lambert||14||3,043||217.3 mins|
The victors - and the trophy - are guaranteed a rousing reception for Sunday's final page of a record-breaking 69-match season. Or at least, we hope it is the last: several scenarios would produce a further play-off between Chelsea and Arsenal to determine third and fourth Champions League places.
Chelsea are all-but guaranteed one of the two, whereas Arsenal must still see off the challenge of fifth-placed Tottenham, who host Sunderland.
|Premier League 3rd/4th places|
Premier League rule C14 states: 'If at the end of the Season either the League Champions or the Clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because two or more Clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the Clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding League Matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the Board.'
Any of these combinations of scores on Sunday will result in identical goals records for Chelsea and Arsenal:
Chelsea draw 0-0, Arsenal win 2-1
Chelsea draw 1-1, Arsenal win 3-2
Chelsea draw 2-2, Arsenal win 4-3
Chelsea draw 3-3, Arsenal win 5-4
Should Arsenal drop points, or Chelsea win, west London would secure third place, meaning no qualifying round in the Champions League.
The Blues are the only London team to take three points from Everton this season (pictued below) but the Toffees are unbeaten in the capital in the Barclays Premier League for 16 months, despite only winning four times on the road all season.
Unusually, both teams know their manager is taking charge for the last time. Rafael Benitez leaves knowing he has achieved his key objective of a top-four finish and continued Chelsea's habit of regularly winning silverware.
David Moyes departs soon for Old Trafford, a stadium at which the Pensioners have a proud and successful record. 'I want to be coming to places like this and winning,' the manager declared, 11 years ago, after a defeat at United's home.
To date he has never won there in the league, nor at Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool. Sunday will be his 46th and final attempt with the Toffees.
Chelsea's record against David Moyes in his 11 years as Everton manager
Chelsea wins 17
Everton wins 3
Chelsea goals 51
Everton goals 26
The double champions of Europe have five players who have matched or bettered the 12 goals in all competitions scored by the Merseysiders' top marksman, Marouane Fellaini, who has hit 12.
Four players at Stamford Bridge have netted double figures in the league alone. Opta report that the only Premier League sides to manage that previously were Manchester United in 1995/96 and Chelsea, twice, in 2009/10 and 2010/11.
The Londoners are aiming for a first league 'double' over the Mersey blues since 2004/05.
Sunday's Premier League matches (all kick off at 4pm)
Chelsea v Everton
Liverpool v QPR
Manchester City v Norwich
Newcastle v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
Southampton v Stoke
Swansea v Fulham
Tottenham v Sunderland (Sky Sports)
West Brom v Manchester United
West Ham v Reading
Wigan v Aston Villa
The race for the Premier League Golden Glove
Joe Hart 18
Petr Cech 14
Pepe Reina 13
Asmir Begovic 12
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WE HAVE HISTORY
This fixture was first played in October 1907 and finished 2-1 to the Pensioners with both goals coming from the boot of Jimmy Windridge.
The legendary goalscorer Dixie Dean was part of a Toffees line-up humbled at the Bridge in late November 1936. The name of another marksman was on the lips of departing supporters however.
While Dean was kept in check by the superb Scots defender Allan Craig and Vic Woodley's acrobatics denied Alex Stevenson, Chelsea forward George Mills (pictured below middle) took advantage of Charlie Gee's tendency to roam forward.
With his usual shadow stuck upfield, Mills positioned himself in the centre and waited for Jimmy Argue to play the ball through for him to run onto. The trick worked three times, Mills taking the ball in his stride and rocketing his shot past the Everton keeper. The third he knocked sideways to Billy Barraclough and converted the resulting cross with his head.
Chelsea had taken the lead after 15 minutes through England international Sam Weaver, from a corner.
Back to today and Everton have not won at the Bridge in the Premier League in 18 and a half years.
Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten home Premier League record against Everton to 18 games, although the Toffees have achieved draws on five of their last six league visits to Stamford Bridge.
The last occasion Everton came away from the Bridge with a league win was in November 1994 on the day the new North Stand was opened for the first time. Paul Rideout notched the only goal for the Toffees who were in the bottom three at the time.
Our 10 previous meetings at Stamford Bridge
2002/03 - Chelsea won 4-1
2003/04 - Drew 0-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 1-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 3-0
2006/07 - Drew 1-1
2007/08 - Drew 1-1
2008/09 - Drew 0-0
2009/10 - Drew 3-3
2010/11 - Drew 1-1
2011/12 - Chelsea won 3-1
The reverse fixture this season
30 December 2012 Barclays Premier League
Pienaar 1 Lampard 41, 71
Chelsea v Everton in all competitions
Games played 167
Chelsea wins 64
Everton wins 51
Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 73
Chelsea wins 36
Everton wins 12
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
11/09/1948 - Chelsea 6-0 Everton
15/03/1913 - Chelsea 1-3 Everton
Chelsea lost in the league to Everton at Stamford Bridge: 6,749
Everton lost in London: 494
Liverpool won the league: 8,415
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,920
Visit again tomorrow for Part Two of the Briefing.