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Relive Chelsea’s memorable Premier League title defence

Premier League Years 2005/06 - Joe Cole's wonder-goal seals back-to-back titles

During the 2005/06 campaign, Chelsea not only celebrated our Centenary year but also retained the English league title for the first time in our history, and you can watch the best moments from that memorable season on the Fifth Stand app.

The Blues were defending Premier League champions and started the term as overwhelming favourites to retain the title under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, with Michael Essien and Shaun Wright-Phillips having been added to a squad that finished 12 points clear at the top in 2004/05.

We won our first six games without conceding before having to come from behind against Aston Villa thanks to two Frank Lampard goals. That was followed by a 4-1 drubbing of Liverpool at Anfield and a 5-1 demolition of Bolton.

Everton were the first team to deny us maximum points, holding us to a 1-1 draw in late October, by which time we were already nine points clear at the top of the table. Manchester United inflicted our first defeat of the season a fortnight later but the response to that setback was emphatic as we won 10 games in a row throughout the winter period, with Joe Cole and Hernan Crespo particularly influential.

It was Cole and Arjen Robben who did the damage as we triumphed 2-0 on our last-ever trip to Highbury a week before Christmas and against our other north London rivals Tottenham, a William Gallas goal that has lived long in the memory of Chelsea fans sealed a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in March.

Our chance to wrap up a consecutive league crown came late in April when Manchester United visited west London. All we needed was to avoid defeat but what followed was the Blues at their ruthless best and goals from Gallas, Cole and Ricardo Carvalho sealed victory and another title triumph.

You can watch back all the highlights of that brilliant campaign in Premier League Years: 2005/06, available now on the Fifth Stand app. Just head to the Watch section, scroll down to Premier League Years and view highlights of all our top-flight seasons.

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