Chelsea completed a never-before-achieved feat in the first-half of their Premier League clash with Watford.
The Blues snatched the lead in the 11th minute of their final league match of the season at Stamford Bridge. Kai Havertz opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the campaign, tapping in a low-cross from Kenedy.
But Thomas Tuchel’s side were also able to set a remarkable new record. By seeing their lead out until half-time, Chelsea became the first ever Premier League club in history to go the entire season without being behind at the break.
The sensational achievement came despite an otherwise unremarkable season where the club finished third in the table. And Chelsea’s stars and coaching staff could at least take pride in setting a record as a result of their maintained consistency and solidity.
The Blues went on to concede in the 87th minute after a Dan Gosling goal, but wantaway midfielder Ross Barkley scored the winner in stoppage time.
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Despite not challenging for the domestic title, Tuchel’s side lost just six league games this season and finished behind only Liverpool and title winners Manchester City. Their record was an improvement on the nine losses they suffered last campaign with Frank Lampard leading the charge until January.
The west London club have a lot of positives to take forward to next season, having narrowly suffered defeat in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals. Both losses came on penalties in sudden death against Liverpool.
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