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The key games in Chelsea's title campaign

Published 09/05/2010

Five games that proved to be turning points as Chelsea clinched their first Barclays Premier League title since 2006.

20/11/09: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 3

A brilliant brace from Didier Drogba and an own goal from Thomas Vermaelen put Chelsea 11 points clear of their London rivals at the top of the Barclays Premier League. It was a masterclass in tactical destruction as Arsenal failed to live with a Chelsea side that was now five points ahead of second-placed Manchester United.

24/03/10: Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 5

Free-flowing Chelsea bounced back from their Champions League exit at the hands of Inter Milan and a poor 1-1 draw at Blackburn to demolish bottom club Portsmouth and move into second place, just a point behind leaders Manchester United.

03/04/10: Manchester United 1 Chelsea 2

In a season when Chelsea's away form has been less than sparkling they produced a stunning display at Old Trafford with goals from Joe Cole and Didier Drogba, his 32nd of the season, sealing a crucial win. The victory put them back in charge of the title race as they leapfrogged United.

25/04/10: Chelsea 7 Stoke 0

Chelsea hit seven at home for the third time in the season to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of Tottenham the previous week. A hat-trick from Salomon Kalou and a brace from Frank Lampard, taking his tally to 25 for the season, kept them in front of chasing United.

02/05/10: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2

Carlo Ancelotti completed a clean sweep over all the 'big four' sides with a fine 2-0 success at Anfield. Goals from Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba put the Blues on course for their first title in 2006 and favourites for an historic league and FA Cup Double.

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