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Chelsea players celebrate after clinching the Premier League titleReuters

It was fitting the manner in which Chelsea were confirmed as the new champions of the English Premier League – Eden Hazard, the PFA Player of the Year, winning a penalty, and then slotting it in himself at the second attempt, before letting his teammates shut that door firmly on Crystal Palace to come away with the 1-0 win and the three points needed for the title.

Say what you may about Chelsea's style of play or the fact that they might be boring, what cannot be denied is that single-mindedness that permeates through the entire team to win every match, irrespective of the how.

This one was pretty much like that as well, even if Chelsea were the much dominant team, as they should be at home against a Crystal Palace side.

Jose Mourinho's return to England has finally found its coronation in this Premier League title, and while the other contenders have fallen by the wayside/made their runs a little too late, Chelsea have been this mean machine, both the irresistible force and the immovable object.

It was always going to be a difficult day for Chelsea, considering they were so close to the title and this Crystal Palace side, despite their recent hiccups, are a different beast under Alan Pardew. And so it proved to be, with the Blues having to be extra patient to find that opening against a well-drilled and compact Palace side.

Plenty will be written about the manner in which Hazard won the penalty on 44 minutes, scything into the Palace box on the left channel before dropping his leg into James McArthur, who had pulled his own leg back to avoid contact, and tumbling down rather theatrically.

The referee fell for the "modern penalty" and Hazard was the man to find the back of the net soon after. His initial strike from the spot was a poo one, with Julian Speroni making the save to his left, but the ball popped up kindly to Hazard who headed it into the net to score the goal that would eventually confirm Chelsea as the champions.

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring the winner against Crystal PalaceReuters

The second half of the match was about Chelsea playing in second gear with Palace unable to find a way past the immovable object led by John Terry, and the closer the match came to that final whistle the louder the Stamford Bridge crowd became.

There was time for plenty of standing ovations as well as Willian, the hardest worker in the team, went off the pitch, with the loudest of cheers coming when Hazard walked off the pitch after scoring the most telling goals of his career.

Then it was time for celebrations as the referee blew the final whistle, with Terry going down on his knees in ecstasy, while Didier Drogba celebrated his 12th major honour in Chelsea blue.

Winning the title, their first in five years, with three games to go says it all about the dominance of this Chelsea side, and now it is up to the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal to find their own winning groove next season to knock Mourinho and this machine-like Blues side off their perch.

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