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The Blues Have Done It Again: The 3rd Time Since 2014 That Chelsea Have Decided The EPL Title

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Chelsea FC has gained a reputation for deciding which teams win the Premier league title in recent years. And last night, their 2-1 win against Pep Guardiola's blues have sparked some memories for Premier league fans and the rest of football lovers and followers to reflect.

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Chelsea wins it for Manchester City, 2013/14

In the 2013/14 premier league season, Liverpool was on a 16-match unbeaten streak before hosting Chelsea at Anfield. This fixture on match day 36 is particularly famous due to then Liverpool captain and current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard's slip in stoppage time of the first half that resulted in a Demba Ba goal. Willian added a second in the last minutes of the second half with a breakaway counter-attack goal.

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The results opened the premier league table again and took the fight to the title to the final day of the season. Liverpool went on to give up a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace in the following match day fixture which meant that Manchester City needed just a point to draw level with then leaders Liverpool and beat them to the title on goal difference on the final day of the league. However, Manuel Pellegrini guided Manchester City to a 2-0 win over West Ham to win the title.

That was the closest Liverpool had been to the title since the 1989/90 season when they won it. The fans felt it was their time that year. Brendan Rodgers had come to make them believe. Luis Suarez was on fire, Raheem Sterling was exciting as he was emerging, and Sturridge was all you could ask for to complement Suarez. Many Liverpool fans get their hearts broken when reflecting on that season for obvious reasons.

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Chelsea wins it for Leicester City, 2015/16

Spurs were spurring on to the title win for the first time since 1961 and they needed to obtain all the points available in their final 3 games to keep their hopes alive. But in a London derby during the 2015/16 season, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min scored to put Tottenham in a 2-0 lead against Chelsea in the first half. Tottenham needed the 3 points from the game to keep their title hopes alive. Then Gary Cahill scored from a corner in the 57th minute. Eden Hazard came off the bench to earn Chelsea a point from the game 25 minutes later with a screamer that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could do naught to stop. It was match day 36, mimicking the events in 2013/14.

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Tottenham must have felt it was their time too— Harry Kane was a beast in attack, Dele Alli was delightful to watch, the Belgian pair of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld were solid in defence. Tottenham would have inherently felt mightier than Leicester, even more deserving of the title. Mauricio Pochettino was everything you could ask from a manager in the style his team played and how he brought out the best of his players' talents.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. However, it was Leicester who wrote their names in the books of history as the results between the London rivals handed them the Premier league title with 2 games to spare. The Foxes, led by Italian coach Claudio Ranieri otherwise knows as 'the tinker man' defied the 5000-1 odds that was against them to win the PL title. The world looked on in shock and disbelief, but the Leicester players who had gathered at striker Jamie Vardy's home were celebrating their deserved efforts.

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When football was arrested in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many would have thought that the FA should hand Liverpool the title while cancelling the rest of the 11 games that remained to be played. With the 11 games that remained, Liverpool was leading 2nd-placed Manchester City by 29 points. But the FA announced that the season would resume in June, much to the frustration and anxiety of some fans and sympathisers of the red Merseyside club.

Following the resumption of the season, Everton hosted Liverpool in a goalless draw in the absence of the Egyptian king Mo Salah. But the reds went on to ease past Crystal Palace by a comfortable 4-0 win with both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah supporting Roberto Firmino in attack. Their win meant that they would be champions should 2nd-placed Manchester City drop points at Stamford Bridge, much to the displeasure of their bitter rivals Manchester United.

Well it happened, again last night, but this time in favour of Liverpool. Pulisic and Willian scored to win it against Manchester City, who had a goal from a superb free kick by former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne. The Blues of London won to light up the red lights Merseyside again after 30 years.

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Congratulations to Liverpool for being champions of England again.

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