Premiership - April 29th 2006
Chelsea’s had an 18-point lead at the top of the table after victory at West Brom at the beginning of March but this had been halved by the time that Manchester United visited Stamford Bridge on April 29. By then though, there were just three games left to play and we knew that just one point would seal back-to-back championships for the first time in our history.
All the talk had been of United’s fight back and how much pressure this was putting on the players but we never looked like failing to secure the vital point. Any doubts there might have been were swept away within five minutes when William Gallas headed home a Frank Lampard corner.
United were totally dominated in midfield with Claude Makelele and Michael Essien outstanding and they could only create one half-chance on the break when Rooney shot wide.
It was a similar story in the second half and when Joe Cole produced a brilliant piece of skill to turn the cumbersome United defence and shoot home both sides knew that the contest was over.
Ricardo Carvalho added a sublime third as he intercepted a wayward pass inside his own area and glided forward across the half way line. Lampard and Cole exchanged passes before Cole set up Carvalho who had continued his run. It was a goal that summed up the spirit of adventure that had been evident throughout much of Chelsea’s football during the season.