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Chelsea smash Wigan to win title
Didier Drogba takes Golden Boot with hat-trick in 8-0 win to crown Chelsea English champions.
Last Modified: 09 May 2010 17:39 GMT
Chelsea strolled to the title with a resounding win over Wigan [GALLO/GETTY]

Chelsea clinched the English Premier League title in style as they romped to a 8-0 victory over 10-man Wigan – with Didier Drogba claiming the Golden Boot with a second-half hat-trick.

Manchester United won 4-0 at home to Stoke but needed Wigan to draw or win at Stamford Bridge to overhaul Chelsea’s one-point lead.

Gary Caldwell was sent off for Wigan as he hauled Frank Lampard down for a penalty after Nicolas Anelka had put the Blues in front early on.

It means United miss out on a historic 19th league title and record fourth in a row, while Chelsea win their first title since 2006 and their first under coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Drogba netted a hat-trick to finish top of the Premier League scoring charts with 29 goals ahead of United’s Wayne Rooney as Ancelotti's rampant side edged an intriguing title race with the biggest league win in their history.
 
Anelka scored twice and Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole were also on target as Chelsea ended the season with 103 league goals, the first side to pass the century mark in the top flight since Tottenham Hotspur in 1963.

Chelsea, who prevented United winning a record 19th league title and a fourth in succession, can complete the double in next week's FA Cup final against Portsmouth.

'Hard three years'

"It's been a hard three years watching United win the titles year after year," Chelsea skipper John Terry told Sky Sports before being presented with the Premier League trophy for the first time since Jose Mourinho was coach.

EPL results

Sunday May 9

 Arsenal 4-0 Fulham
 Aston Villa 0-1 Blackburn
 Bolton 2-1 Birmingham
 Burnley 4-2 Tottenham
 Chelsea 8-0 Wigan
 Everton 1-0 Portsmouth
 Hull City 0-0 Liverpool
 Man Utd 4-0 Stoke City
 West Ham 1-1 Man City
 Wolves 2-1 Sunderland

"It's their turn to watch us today. Now we've got it back we want to do what they did. It's been an up and down year but this is what we've worked for."

It marked a fantastic start in English football for Ancelotti after 33 years playing and coaching in Italy.

"He's brought a calmness to us and a great atmosphere and a free spirit," Terry said.

The only blot on a day of celebrations was a show of petulance from Drogba when he barely celebrated Lampard's penalty which put the Blues 2-0 up, the Cote d’Ivoire striker clearly upset that he had not been allowed the chance to go clear in the race for the Golden Boot.

All was forgotten by the end as Drogba joined his teammates in the fun having scored a second-half hat-trick, although he did not get his hands on the match ball after Lampard belted it into the ecstatic crowd.

Wiped out

Any doubts that Chelsea would fluff their lines were wiped out in the opening half hour.

Anelka gave them a sixth-minute lead when he pounced on Florent Malouda's chested pass and Lampard's spot kick made it 2-0 after Gary Caldwell was red-carded for hauling him down in the box.

Kalou made it 3-0 early in the second half and the rest of the game was purely about whether Chelsea would break the 100-mark and Drogba would beat Rooney to the Golden Boot.

Anelka rattled in a fourth before Drogba got in on the act with a header, a penalty and a tap-in and Cole completed the rout.

It was all a bit flat at Old Trafford where United did what they had to do – Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs and Park ji-Sung all on target, although the sight of Rooney limping off with a groin injury marred the victory.

Arsenal made sure of third place and a spot in the Champions League group stage with a 4-0 home win over Fulham and fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur lost 4-2 at Burnley, who were relegated along with Hull City and Portsmouth.

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