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Chelsea’s season in pictures

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Saturday 15th August 2009: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring Chelsea's winner in the 92nd minute against Hull City, giving the Blues a winning start to the 2009-10 season. The last-gasp victory was the first of six consecutive league wins, propelling Chelsea to the top of the table.

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Saturday 17th October 2009: That winning run would come crashing to a halt at Wigan, and a second defeat in three games came in the form of a dire 2-1 loss to Aston Villa and speculation that the wheels were falling off the Chelsea bandwagon.

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Sunday 8th November 2009: Chelsea's response was emphatic, with nine goals in the next two league games and a crucial 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. John Terry's 76th minute winner opened up a five-point gap at the top of the table, with Chelsea seemingly back in cruise control.

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Saturday 16th January 2010: With Drogba, John Obi Mikel, Salomon Kalou and Michael Essien all departing for the African Cup of Nations in January, Chelsea were expected to struggle. Instead, Nicolas Anelka rose to the challenge, and produced some blistering displays as the Blues won all five league games during the tournament in Angola, including the 7-2 demolition of Sunderland.

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Saturday 27th February 2010: Manchester City thrashed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a fiery, tempestuous match, mere weeks after the very public airing of John Terry's dirty laundry. The defeat allowed Manchester United to reduce Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to just two points.

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Tuesday 16th March 2010: The return of 'The Special One' saw Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan send Chelsea crashing out of the Champions League, and the insipid league draw with Blackburn sparked a frenzy of media speculation about the future of Chelsea's ageing squad.

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Saturday 27th March 2010: Again Chelsea responded, scoring 12 goals in their next two league games against Portsmouth and Aston Villa. Frank Lampard scored four in the 7-1 rout of Champions League aspirants Aston Villa to send an ominous message to Manchester United who were now a point behind at the top of the table.

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Saturday April 3rd 2010: A battling display from Chelsea at Old Trafford saw the Blues wrest control of the league back into their own hands, with Joe Cole and Drogba scoring the crucial goals in a 2-1 win to leapfrog Manchester United into first place.

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Saturday 17th April 2010: There was still time for a late twist in the tale, though, as Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur side comprehensively outplayed Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Spurs won 2-1, with Chelsea captain John Terry receiving a red card; he faced a suspension with just three games remaining and a single-point cushion at the top of the Premier League.

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Sunday 25th April 2010: Chelsea produced the perfect response again, however, by thrashing Stoke 7-0 - their biggest ever win in the Premier League at that time. It was the third time Chelsea had scored seven league goals in a league match during the season, a testament to the dynamic, attacking football Carlo Ancelotti encouraged at the Bridge.

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Sunday 2nd May 2010: Chelsea's penultimate game of the season took them to Liverpool, with many suggesting the outcome would decide the destination of the Premier League trophy. Chelsea looked sluggish under the pressure, until an awful mistake from Steven Gerrard gifted Drogba the opening goal and Lampard grabbed the second of a 2-0 win going into the final day of the season.

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Sunday 9th May 2010: Knowing that only a win would ensure a first league title in four years, Chelsea destroyed Wigan 8-0 in the last game of the season at Stamford Bridge, improving that record set against Stoke.

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Sunday 9th May 2010: With a final goal tally of 103 goals, Carlo Ancelotti can celebrate not only the Premier League title, but also his stewardship of a vibrant, free-scoring side so desperately sought by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

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Sunday 9th May 2010: Chelsea finish the season on 86 points, just one point ahead of Manchester United.

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