Petr Cech says the fact we have clinched the title with three games to spare can help the team to continue to play well in our remaining fixtures.
The first of those takes place on Sunday, when Liverpool head to Stamford Bridge for our penultimate home game of the campaign.
Cech was at the club in 2004/05 and 2005/06 when, like this time around, we were crowned champions before the season had ended, and he remembers our approach going into those final matches.
‘The fact you are the champions and have nothing to lose, knowing you already have the title in your hand, means you can actually play with more freedom,’ says the Chelsea goalkeeper. ‘If you lose the game you are not happy and of course you want to be happy.
‘I don’t know anybody who goes into a game thinking it doesn’t matter whether you win or not. It does matter. Everybody wants to win but when you are champions you don’t have the pressure of having to win. Usually in these type of games you play well.’
Cech has now won four Premier League titles during his time at the club, and he believes seeing the campaign out as champions will be a nice feeling.
‘We have three games left and it’s about pride, enjoying the feeling of playing those games as champions,’ he states.
‘We definitely want to finish on a high and enjoy the winning feeling until the last moment. We all want to play and we all want to win.’
Jose Mourinho’s side are the only team across all four divisions unbeaten at home in the league this season, and with two matches left to play in front of our own supporters – against Liverpool and Sunderland – Cech hopes that can continue.
‘It’s always nice to finish the season at home winning matches, for the fans and everybody,’ he says.
‘We won’t be talking about it or thinking about it too much simply because we just don’t want to lose, especially at home. We want to finish with as many points as possible.’