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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho eyes dynasty of title glory after Premier League triumph

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Jose Mourinho challenged his Chelsea side to achieve sustained success after lifting the Premier League trophy yesterday.

The Blues' season concluded with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Sunderland when Didier Drogba bade farewell, while Petr Cech may have played his final game after 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

The title was won with three matches to spare and there was an air of celebration as the 2004/05 championship-winning team was presented prior to kick-off.

Mourinho was boss then when Chelsea won their first title in 50 years and this season's success ended a five-year wait for the Premier League after winning the Capital One Cup in March.

"This team is just at the beginning," Mourinho said. "They have to win more to be better than the others. You can win something in a certain moment of your career and that's it, or during your career you can win on a regular basis. That's what makes the difference between somebody that is champion and the champions."

Whether Cech is part of Chelsea's future remains to be seen.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper, displaced this season by Thibaut Courtois after a decade as first choice, could leave although he has one year left on his contract.

Mourinho repeated his wish for Cech - linked with moves to Arsenal, Man United, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain, among others - to stay.

"Cech's contribution was decisive", said Mourinho. "He was always there for me and for the team. But I'm not in control of Petr's decision. I have to wait."

Drogba was a pre-planned substitution, but Chelsea were already behind to Steven Fletcher's header.

A Diego Costa penalty and two goals in the final 20 minutes from Loic Remy saw Chelsea rally to finish with a 15th win from an unbeaten 19 home games this term.

Mourinho has had to say a number of goodbyes - Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Drogba among them - in his second spell as he works towards the future.

The Portuguese gave his medal to his daughter Matilde for safe-keeping as his son, the intended recipient, was absent.

He held up eight fingers during the presentation, signalling the number of titles won in four countries.

"A lot, eh? Maybe I'll have no fingers left soon. Let's go with eight and try nine. I'm almost there," Mourinho said.

He was pleased with the performance, in response to Monday's loss at West Brom.

"It was good to see the dynamic back," he added.

"The big emotion is always when you clinch the title. When you have the cup in your hands and when the players have it, it is always a great feeling.

"(After waiting) five years at Stamford Bridge it was time for our supporters to enjoy it too."

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