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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 April, 2005, 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK
This title means everything to me
Chelsea great Kerry Dixon
By Kerry Dixon
Chelsea 1983-92 and club's second all-time leading scorer

Winning the Premiership means everything to everyone connected with Chelsea. It's a massive occasion in our centenary year.

I spent nine years playing here and am now working on the media side and am a fully-fledged Chelsea supporter.

Roman Abramovich
Having a benefactor like Roman Abramovich has made all the difference
Everyone involved in the club in some capacity over the years feels part of it a little bit.

I see nearly all the games and am still in touch with plenty of Chelsea players and they all feel the same.

The fans still remember the former players and they always get a huge cheer when they're introduced to the crowd.

And whatever happens with all the money coming in it still feels like my club.

I'm so pleased for the supporters that the wait is finally over - they deserve it.

It has been a long time coming, but seeing the team develop into one of Europe's top sides means so much to them and even more so given the fact it's 50 years since they last won the league.

During my time there we had a couple of very good teams. The first one that got promoted to the old First Division in 1983/84 was a fairytale team that bonded together brilliantly and but for a disastrous end to the season we could have won the league in 85-86.

The second one was the side that went up in 1988/89. It was more of a solid unit and we finished fifth in our first season back and were top of the league for a spell in November.

But we weren't quite good enough to finish it off, whereas this team has the backing.

Obviously having a benefactor like Roman Abramovich has made all the difference, but Manchester United and Arsenal just have to accept it and get on with it. It's no use saying money can't buy you success at the start of the season then saying it's the only reason for success at the end.

Mourinho has been the key - more than anything he has brought a structure to the club and instilled a belief in the players
Teams like Man Utd and Real Madrid have been spending big money for years and it's just the way it goes.

Claudio Ranieri went close last season finishing second to an amazing Arsenal side and getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League, but Jose Mourinho has taken it to the next level. It's such a fine line but that is the difference between first and second.

Jose has been the key. He has made some very astute buys but more than anything he has brought a structure to the club and instilled a belief in the players.

The team spirit is tremendous; there's a desire, commitment and a camaraderie that is key to the success and that all comes back to the manager.

Steve Clarke has also done a wonderful job as assistant manager. His role has been vital. When Jose came in he needed someone with know-how in England.

He needed someone who knew the players, the structure and had a history with the club and Steve brings all of that. He has been invaluable.

Terry has been an immense captain, absolutely rock solid, and also weighs in with more than his fair share of goals
On the playing side, so many have been outstanding this season.

Petr Cech has been fantastic in goal, Joe Cole's emergence under Jose has been brilliant, and Arjen Robben has been electrifying, but John Terry and Frank Lampard are the two that often catch the eye.

They have been neck and neck for most of the season but John is my Player of the Year and just pips Frank because of his consistency. Frank has been excellent too but was a little slower to get going at the start of the season and so JT just pips him.

He has been an immense captain, absolutely rock solid, and also weighs in with more than his fair share of goals.

It's fitting that he'll be the one to lift the Premiership trophy.




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