Premier League champions: 2014/15

Chelsea are champions again!

Jose Mourinho's men led from the front and deservedly sealed the title with three games to spare after a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. 

The Blues started the season with four straight wins, including dramatic 6-3 and 4-2 wins against Everton and Swansea respectively. A first defeat of the season did not arrive until December, at Newcastle, before which Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham had been satisfyingly seen off. 

Reigning champions Man City reeled us in by the first day of January but the response was emphatic. The next 15 games, up to and including the victory over Palace, yielded 11 wins and four draws, giving the Blues an unassailable 16-point lead.

It was a team effort, acknowledged by the fact six players - Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa - were voted by their peers into the PFA Team of the Year. Hazard picked up the main prize for the first time after an exhilarating campaign. 

There were other outstanding performers, including Thibaut Courtois in goal and Cesc Fabregas in midfield, while at left-back Cesar Azpilicueta was as reliable as ever. Willian, Oscar, Loic Remy and the returning Didier Drogba added attacking thrust. 

The quality of football on display, particularly in the first half of the season, was some of the best ever seen at Stamford Bridge. When dogged performances were required later in the campaign the team showed they were just as capable at producing those, ensuring Mourinho and his men were the worthiest of champions.