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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 April, 2005, 18:26 GMT 19:26 UK
Chelsea revelling in title glory
Chelsea celebrate winning the Premiership title
Boss Jose Mourinho was ecstatic after Chelsea clinched the Premiership title following their 2-0 victory at Bolton.

With three games to spare, the Portuguese has led Chelsea to their first top-flight crown for 50 years in his maiden season in charge.

He said: "Our group is a special group, they deserve this - nobody can say we don't deserve this. We were absolutely magnificent, the players and the fans.

"I want to stay with Chelsea as long as I can. My heart is with the club."

Chelsea's win at the Reebok Stadium gave them an unassailable 14-point lead over second-placed Arsenal, who they dethrone as Champions.

The last time Chelsea were officially the best team in the land was in 1955, and Mourinho realises just how significant the achievement is.

After rushing on to the pitch at the whistle with his coaches to dance alongside his players in front of their fans, the manager paid tribute to his team.

"The players deserve this more than anybody but I am very happy for the fans, especially those that have not seen a title win.

"The way we were champions was not easy. It is the mentality, ambition and desire. People coming from many different places.

"We met for the first time in July and from that moment we have built something special.

Frank Lampard and John Terry
Lampard and Terry have inspired Chelsea to glory

"When we have to fight, we fight, when we have to play, we play, when we have to suffer, we suffer, and always together."

Chelsea have become only the fourth team to win the Premiership since its inception.

And the introduction of Mourinho - and his confident swagger which now runs through the club - has broken Manchester United's and Arsenal's recent stranglehold.

Skipper John Terry, who later drank champagne with the manager in the dressing room, is in no doubt of the significance of Mourinho's influence.

He said: "The manager has been magnificent. I can not speak highly enough of him."

And it seems likely that Chelsea's grip on the Premiership will not be a brief one as Mourinho has already indicated his desire to begin talks over a new contract.

He added: "I want to stay with Chelsea the maximum time I can, so maybe I have to stay for longer than my current contract."

Mourinho also believes Chelsea owe a debt of gratitude to the club's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

He has spent over 200m on bringing new players to Stamford Bridge and his investment has paid off handsomely.

"I think Roman deserves this title a lot," Mourinho added.

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