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LONDON (AP) The five-year drought is over. Chelsea is Premier League champion again - with three games to spare.
Chelsea secured the title with a scrappy 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday that encapsulated the recent cautious pragmatism of Jose Mourinho's team.
But it was a trophy that was really won in the opening months of the season, with Chelsea having been atop the standings from day one. With only two losses in 35 games, Chelsea was rarely troubled in its pursuit of a fourth league title in 11 years - and the fifth in its 110-year history.