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Chelsea – On This Day: May 10

Chelsea – On This Day: May 10

On this day in 2005, Chelsea set a new Premier League points record with a 3-1 win at Manchester United.

The Blues came from behind to win after Ruud van Nistelrooy had put the hosts ahead at Old Trafford to move on to 94 points – beating the previous record total of 92, set by United in the 1993/94 season.

Portugal international Tiago, who is now the assistant at Atletico Madrid, was the architect of the comeback as he surprised keeper Roy Carroll with an arcing shot from distance and then set up Eidur Gudjohnsen for the second.

Van Nistlerooy had put United ahead after just seven minutes but their lead was erased just 10 minutes later by Tiago. Chelsea, who had already claimed the Premier League crown by this point, took the lead just after the hour mark thanks to Gudjohnsen’s composed finish.

Tiago’s angled delivery split the United defence and set the Iceland legend free. Gudjohnsen waited for Carroll to commit himself before expertly placing the ball over the keeper.

 

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Chelsea wrapped up the win with eight minutes to play when Ashley Cole prodded home a Frank Lampard cross.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side of 2004-05 went on to claim a point in their final game of the season at Newcastle to finish on 95 points.

That record stood for over a decade until last season, when Manchester City reached 100 points.

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