CHELSEA were crowned top flight champions for the first time in 50 years on this date 15 years ago – in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge as manager.
The Blues won 2-0 at Bolton on April 30, 2005 to clinch the Premier League title, their first crown since 1955.
Both goals were scored by Frank Lampard,
The first Chelsea players to embrace each other at the end was inspirational skipper John Terry and his pal Lampard – the two Englishmen at the top of their game.
Captain Terry said: “It felt very emotional. We’ve made a lot of sacrifices this year, trained hard and worked hard and it’s paid off.
“The manager doesn’t like anybody being sloppy and he hates conceding a goal – even in training..
“Every team has to start somewhere and. hopefully, this is the start of it for Chelsea.
“We’d said how great it would be to get the goal to win the Premier League.
“But Lamps has done that all season and I was so pleased for him to get the goals that won it for us.”
But the explosions of emotions at the end of the match were nothing compared to the explosion at half-time from Mourinho with the game goalless.
Terry said the Blues manager was so appalled by his team’s first 45 minutes he threatened to play and himself and assistant Steve Clarke in the second half.
JT added: “Jose was fuming. He was aiming it at everybody because everybody was underperforming.”
But they got the message in the second half courtesy of the genius of Lampard.
He broke away from halfway for the second goal which finished it all of in front of the Chelsea fans.
Lamps admitted: “The only thing going through my mind was ‘Don’t *** it up!’
“To score the goals made it a perfect day and it’s easily the best day of my career.
“Scoring important goals is what I am here for and what I love to do.”
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