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Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland: Initial reaction, player ratings form

Boring, boring CHAMPIONS!

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Chelsea fell behind for just the second time all season at Stamford Bridge, but goals from strikers Costa and Rémy ensured that we end the season on a winning note.

Before the trophy presentation, a few initial thoughts.

  • Goodbye legends Cech, Drogba.  And if this does prove to be Mikel's final game as well (as unlikely as that seems to me), I'm going to really miss the hilarious SHOOOOOT shout when he gets within 30 yards of the opposing goal.
  • Second time Diego Costa ended up with a huge rip in the back of his shirt without any fouls getting called.  He did pick up his 20th league goal of the season, already equalling ol'e Fernando Torres.  Costa seemed to pick up a knee knock which limited him as the game wore on.  He certainly needs a full summer to rest, recover, and heal properly.
  • Loïc Rémy looked quite lively (in perhaps his final Chelsea game?) and his somewhat lucky first goal (Mannone should've saved it) was certainly well earned.  His second goal was a wonderful striker's goal, getting on the end of Matić's low cross.  Nine goals on the season, in fairly limited appearances, is pretty good.
  • Willian's cross-field balls were on-point and then some, today.  He just missed with a couple long-range efforts as well, while forcing Mannone into a rather excellent save with a header.
  • Hazard was enjoying himself in the second half; no lasting effects from the Novocain.
  • Best game for Juan Cuadrado in a Chelsea shirt; too bad about that injury.
  • Young Andreas Christensen got about a quarter hour for his third appearance of the season, as Mourinho promised after the WBA match.  He played as a defensive midfielder.
  • We're gonna bounce in a minute...
  • Boring, boring CHAMPIONS!

And so we finish the season with 87 points, bettering our 2009/10 title-winning side's efforts by one point for third most in club history.  Time to celebrate!

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