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John Terry revels in Chelsea title triumph

Terry targets the Double after title win

Chelsea captain John Terry said the pain of seeing Manchester United dominate the Premier League in recent years made the title win more special.

The Blues were crowned champions for the first time since 2006 with Sunday's stunning 8-0 demolition of Wigan.

Terry stated: "It's been inside of me for three years, seeing Man Utd lift it season after season and every single one of us has sat there and watched it.

"We've done it and we deserved it. Now it's their turn to sit and watch us."

Chelsea secured the fourth title in their 105-year history with a scintillating victory that broke the Premier League record for goals in a season.

Carlo Ancelotti's men scored 103 goals, beating the previous tally of 97 set by Manchester United in 1999-2000.

The Blues' focus will now turn to Saturday's FA Cup final against Portsmouth at Wembley, with Chelsea bidding to complete a maiden league and FA Cup Double.

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"It could be an amazing achievement for us," said Terry. "It is the first time a few of the lads have won the Premier League here and we will enjoy this, no doubt about that.

"But we have still got a massive game next week. We could go down in the club's history and that is important to all of us. We realise that and we are looking forward to it."

Striker Didier Drogba, whose hat-trick against Wigan ensured he finished the season as the Premier League's top scorer with 29 goals, was delighted with the team's success and his own achievement.

"I'm proud because this has been three years chasing the title for three years and to win it in front of our fans is something special," reflected the Ivory Coast striker, who scored three more league goals than Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.


"We won the title scoring more than 100 goals in the season. We played some good football and showed it again.

"For a team that is supposed to be too old we can be proud of what we achieved.

"Being top scorer after being away for a month and playing against Wayne Rooney, who is the best striker in England, is amazing."

Drogba, knowing that the battle for the Golden Boot goalscoring award was between him and Rooney, was clearly unhappy after Frank Lampard, the club's regular penalty taker, took the spot-kick that put Chelsea 2-0 in front.

However, Drogba apologised to his team-mate afterwards but conceded: "I was disappointed because we were 1-0 up and I wanted to score.

"I was not happy but afterwards on the pitch I realised that I was making a big mistake and Frank was right."

Lampard delighted to reclaim title

England midfielder Lampard, who himself scored 22 league goals this season, felt the manner of Chelsea's title win was particularly pleasing.

"We worked our socks off to get in that position and finished it off in style," commented Lampard.

"The last couple of years has been difficult but we deserved it this year. Teams are harder to beat and you have to bounce back from defeats and that's what we've done.

"We'll enjoy it. Winning the league is a fantastic achievement but we'll keep our heads all week and try to win this Double, which has never been done at this club before."

Chelsea manager Ancelotti led the club to the title in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "This is fantastic. It is honour to be at this club and train this team.

"We worked hard every day. We did our best and the players found a fantastic atmosphere and I think we deserve it for what we did this season.

"It was a difficult championship but we deserved to win and we are very happy."

And assistant coach Ray Wilkins paid tribute to Ancelotti, and added: "Carlo is a super bloke.

"Everyone in the squad is a fantastic footballer but to manage a person is not easy and he does that superbly.

Ancelotti hails 'fantastic' Chelsea team

"It's been a delight to work with him. We played some wonderful football. To score seven or more goals four times is phenomenal but when you have a group of winners like we have it does help.

"We had some sticky times but the players showed what they have got."

Midfielder Michael Ballack thought Chelsea's record against their main title rivals was a huge factor in their triumph. The Blues beat both Manchester United and Arsenal home and away and also beat Liverpool twice.

"Winning against the big four twice was a big advantage for us," stated Ballack.

"We dropped some points against the weaker teams but we deserved it. It was tense today. We did not start well but we scored with our first chance. Now we can make history by winning the Double."

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