Four years ago now, with the swagger of champions, when our team took the lead you would often hear a chorus of "that's why we're champions!" much to the annoyance of the opposition team.
Next season we really, truly, should be in a similar position of swaggering football and the cockiness of 40,000 Blues faithful proclaiming to the world of football that matches like on Sunday are the reasons we are champions elect.
45 League Goals Between Them, Why Should We Be Champions?
Quite often this season, in this blog, I have stated that it's been a poor season for the Premier League, and it would be difficult to disagree.
We have now lost 6 games, whilst United have lost 7. In third place are Arsenal with a total of 8 losses, and following behind them in fourth place, and a Champions' League qualification place up for grabs, are Spurs who have lost a ridiculous total of 9 games this season. In 1999 we languished in 3rd place after only 3 league defeats.
Rarely do you see Inter Milan lose to a team fighting for survival, or Barcelona succumb to lowly opposition. However as a supporter you would rather sacrifice a more boring league to see your team comfortably wrap up the title in April as opposed to leaving it to the last two matches - or would we?
I digress. I was here to discuss the merits of Chelsea winning the league.
Not only have we scored by far the most goals this season, we have also had three occasions where we have notched up 7! Surely this is a first in a top flight season, unless somebody has stats showing otherwise I will choose to believe it is.
We also have three players who are in the top fifteen highest scorers, two of which are in the top five - Lampard with 20, Drogba with 25.
A total of 29 games this season have started with Chelsea being at the top of the league, meaning that we have been top for 81% of the season, if we don't see ourselves sitting at the top in two weeks time it will be the biggest capitulation, and robbery, in Premier League history.
We have been the most consistent this season, we had a run of victories before and including the Arsenal game last year that had us well ahead of the pack, and quite frankly at the time we looked unstoppable.
It is unfortunate that it has gotten this far and we haven't sewn up the title. Some very dodgy performances in between the sublime have let us down and leave us in a precarious situation.
However the match against Stoke yesterday showed that we really have the mettle to do this. We showed that we are up for the challenge, and Fergie's mind games appear to be a sign of early dementia rather than affecting our team.
All we have to do is keep our cool and ensure we can beat Liverpool on Sunday. It must still be remembered that we face Wigan at home on the last day, but still if we can get all 3 points at Anfield there will be a massive psychological advantage against the Geriatric and his Geriatrics at Old Trafford.
On a final footnote, I will point out that earlier this season in this blog I made a point that Michael Ballack should be employed in the defensive midfield role ahead of Mikel in the absence of Essien. Yesterday paid tribute to this theory, Ballack played perhaps his most effective game of the season, breaking up play from Stoke's long ball attempts and splaying the ball about with the precision and quality we all know he possesses. It's a natural progression for an ageing midfielder, the older you get the further back you belong! So here's hoping that Carlo keeps him there on Sunday. Oh and for three points of course.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!