The story of the season

Blue was the colour of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League this season. In something of a rarity for the League, Chelsea dominated from start to finish.

Solid in defence with the likes of captain John Terry and Thibaut Courtois, creative in the midfield courtesy of the skills of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fàbregas, and lethal in front of goal with Diego Costa, José Mourinho’s side deservedly won their fourth Premier League title.

The Blues were also involved in some of the most memorable matches of the season. In August they defeated Everton 6-3 at Goodison. They were not defeated until early December in a 2-1 reverse to Newcastle United. Their second loss came on New Year’s Day in what many believed to be the match of the season: Tottenham Hotspur 5 Chelsea 3.

Chelsea Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Q P R Striker Charlie Austin

That match at White Hart Lane cemented Harry Kane’s reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in English football. Kane finished the season with 21 Premier League goals – second in the race for the Golden Boot with Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero. It was a season in which young English strikers regularly found the back of the net: Charlie Austin, Saido Berahino and Danny Ings all followed Kane into double figures.

Stunning strikes were a theme of the season, no more so than the weekend of 4/5 April when it rained great goals: Stoke City’s Charlie Adam scoring from 65 yards at Stamford Bridge; Jermain Defoe’s amazing drop-volley for Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby; Wayne Rooney getting in on the volley action with a knockout goal against Aston Villa; and a stunning angled dinked lob from Queens Park Rangers’ Bobby Zamora against West Bromwich Albion.

Jermaine Defoe celebrating in front of Sunderland fans

They were all contenders for goal of the season, but Premier League fans from across the globe gave that accolade to a spectacular chipped finish by Manchester United’s Ángel Di María against Leicester City.

A creative season was also underlined by the fact that there were more passes in this Premier League campaign than ever before. Two of the most outstanding passers were Eden Hazard and Alexis Sánchez, both of whom shared a willingness to run at defenders with the ball at their feet. Dribbling was another major trend of the campaign: over a thousand extra dribbles were attempted compared to the 2013/14 season – again, a record Premier League high.

One-sided contests were also few and far between in 2014/15. Southampton’s 8-0 humbling of Sunderland aside, there was a drop in matches decided by two-, three- and four-plus goal margins and an increase in one-goal wins and drawn matches.

Southampton’s Ronald Koeman and Swansea City’s Garry Monk

And there was fierce competition across the League, not least from the managers. Leicester City was bottom at Christmas but Nigel Pearson dragged his team up the table in the second half of the campaign. There were honourable mentions, too, for the jobs done by Southampton’s Ronald Koeman and Swansea City’s Garry Monk, delivering top-half finishes that surprised some.

There were fewer people taken aback, though, by José Mourinho guiding Chelsea to the title. But his team’s achievement should not be underestimated: his side showed a consistency throughout the season that no-one could touch, matched silk with steel and finished eight points clear of the pack. José ensured that the ribbons on the Premier League trophy were Chelsea blue.

Click on the image to view the final Barclays Premier League table for the 2014/15 season.

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