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Mourinho needs improvement

 By Phil Lythell

Champions Chelsea deserve Premier League glory after fine campaign

Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho says he is proud of his current crop of Premier League champions.

With the Premier League season over, here's a look back at Chelsea's campaign as thoughts turn toward the summer and next season.

Your season in a sentence and final grade: A


In this title-winning campaign there have been several high points, with the first half of the season saturated with memorable moments. The opening day dissection of Burnley served notice of the Blues' more expansive intentions and the 6-3 win at Everton was the thrill ride that confirmed them.

But it was another...

 By Phil Lythell

Jose Mourinho relied on core players to return Premier League glory to Chelsea

Alison Bender takes to the streets of London for Chelsea's victory parade and finds out just how much the fans love Jose Mourinho.

Job done. The Premier League is now over, having been won at a canter with three games remaining. Chelsea have enjoyed the denouement to their campaign, basking in the glory of being champions without having the pressure to win games.

An extended celebration climaxing with an open-top bus parade through the streets of SW6 has been wallowed in, and deservedly so. Each element of the team has been crucial to the collective success, with different periods of the season seeing different areas emerge...

Terry, Fabregas & Costa all in as Chelsea dominate Team of the Season

David Hirshey picked his Premier League Team of the Season, but the rest of the ESPN FC panel did not agree.

Chelsea landed the Premier League title but would they be a match for ESPN FC's team of the season? Gab Marcotti, Paul Mariner and Steve Nicol pick the season's best XI.

ESPN FC's Team of the Season.

Goalkeeper: A no-brainer to start with -- David De Gea is a unanimous choice after a sensational season at Manchester United. He has some 2014-15 showreel to post to Real Madrid; incredible saves from Bryan Oviedo, Raheem Sterling and Glenn Murray among the standout moments. All our pundits are on the same page when it comes to...

Premier League season in a sentence - how did your team do this term?

The ESPN FC crew discuss the Premier League team of the year.

As the dust settles on another Premier League season, it is time to reflect on the campaign and how it went for each club. Was it a success or failure? We asked our Premier League bloggers to assess their season in a sentence.

1. Chelsea

Worthy champions from start to finish -- "boring" is just a jealous state of mind.

2. Manchester City

Taken to the cleaners by Arsenal in the Community Shield, ill-prepared City did not heed that wake up call and suffered for most of the season.

3. Arsenal


John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Six defining games in the Premier League as Chelsea claimed title

The ESPN FC panel choose their top picks for next season's Premier League title.

Chelsea walked away with the Premier League title in 2014-15, but what were the most important games in the season? Here are six turning points that decided the order at the top.

Champions lay their marker: Burnley 1-3 Chelsea, Aug. 18

Scott Arfield struck to give Burnley the lead but Jose Mourinho's men came back.

It was tempting to think that the title's destiny had already been decided after the first round of matches. Scott Arfield's opening goal, from long range in the 14th minute, was a rare wobble in Chelsea's procession. But thereafter, signs of the season to come were...

Chelsea soak up festivities in winning finale

Chelsea cruised to a 3-1 victory at home before lifting the Premier League trophy.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho puts the Premier League trophy crown on the head of club legend Didier Drogba.
Chelsea finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy following their 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Steven Fletcher goal (26') Chelsea 0-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Diego Costa goal (37') Chelsea 1-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Loic Remy goal (37') Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Loic Remy goal (88') Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland
The ESPN FC panel choose their top picks for next season's Premier League title.

LONDON -- On a day of fitting gestures and a lot of cheers, Jose Mourinho knew something was needed to add an extra thrill to it all. Chelsea had to do what they've managed in 25 other games this season, and with the title itself. They had to finish as they started. They had to win.

"We didn't want to celebrate at least without a point," Mourinho said after his side's 3-1 victory over Sunderland, champagne glass finally in hand. "Lower tempo than normal, but the qualities of our football during...