Chelsea has clinched its first Premier League title for five years with a typically stubborn 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.The club anthem Blue is the Colour resounded around a joyful Stamford Bridge and champagne flowed at full time, but there was no show-boating from Jose Mourinho's ruthlessly efficient side and there were a few jitters as they held on to Eden Hazard's goal scored just before half-time on Monday morning.
Victory moved Chelsea to 83 points from 35 games, 13 points clear of Manchester City which hid the disappointment of handing over its title by winning 1-0 at sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the late kickoff.
Sergio Aguero's 22nd league goal of the season in that game ended a run of four consecutive away defeats for Manuel Pellegrini's side.
City is three clear of Arsenal in the race for runners-up spot with the Gunners, who have five games to play, at relegation battlers Hull City on Monday.
Chelsea's fifth single-goal victory margin in its last seven league games sparked raucous scenes around the ground and on the pitch, with ever-present skipper John Terry leading the celebrations with veteran striker Didier Drogba.
"I am very happy and proud. I need a rest, I'm tired. It's not easy to cope with that, but finally mathematically we are champions now," said a calm and measured Mourinho, who won back-to-back titles in 2004-05 and 05-06.
"Finally we can breathe, relax and enjoy. We can look back and see how much we deserve to be champions."
With blue ticker-tape raining down in the sunshine, Chelsea's players completed a lap of honour with ironic chants of "boring, boring Chelsea" ringing out.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," Terry, who sunk to his knees on hearing the final whistle, told Sky Sports. "We've worked so hard, so to get over the line is great.
"This is what I live for. It's been five years since we've won it. The first one was special and you go four or five years without it and that hurts. So I'll really enjoy it today."