Chelsea wrapped up their third Premier League title under Jose Mourinho three games ahead of schedule thanks to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool will provide the Blues their guard of honour in west London this weekend, before further victory laps against West Brom and Sunderland.
They’re 4/1 to win all three of their remaining fixtures, an eye-catching assessment compared to the 11/10 that victory is attained in only one or two of those outings.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that taking their collective size nines off the gas in the residual triptych is inevitable.
But do Mourinho’s past title-winning seasons at Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale and Real Madrid bear such a pessimistic forecast out?
The Portuguese’s most recent championship before his return to Stamford Bridge saw his Barcelona-defying Real Madrid victorious in both outings after writing their names into the history books against Athletic Bilbao.
However, the 2011/12 La Liga campaign was the only one of Mourinho’s seven completed league title-winning seasons in which he failed to drop points after securing a first-place finish.
Chelsea’s 2005/06 domestic crown saw the manager’s worst post-deal-sealed decline, with damp squib road defeats sustained against both Blackburn and nemeses Newcastle.
The bwin layers clearly don’t foresee a repeat in 2014/15, going 100/1 about the Palace win being their last of 2014/15.
Playing Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in their very next outing should put paid to that, with the Reds having returned to the form morass that sucked their Champions League hopes through the plughole.
The Blues should be more than capable of justifying odds of even money about victory, with the possibility that they may even play with the defensive brakes off now that their names are on the trophy.
An away trip to the Hawthorns, where they have failed to win for three straight seasons, may ultimately be where the motivation drain strikes.
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