Any team that clocks up a record 30 Premier League wins and 93 points deserves to be champions, so nobody can argue about Chelsea wearing the crown. It was a remarkable turnaround after their mysterious no-show resulted in a 10th-place finish last season. Indeed, a club-by-club comparison between this campaign and 2015-16 offers some revealing insights on how all 20 clubs performed.
Southampton boss Claude Puel was booed during the match against StokeNo goals against a side who have been on the beach for weeks, some glaring misses and baffling substitutions which were booed by his own fans. It was the story of Saints’ season crammed into 90 joyless minutes and Peter Crouch’s headed second-half winner is surely the final nail in Puel’s coffin.
Bournemouth captain Simon Francis believes Eddie Howe can transform the Cherries into unlikely European contenders next season. The south coast side need a win at Leicester on Sunday to secure a place in the top ten, but will finish in the highest position in the club's history regardless of the result. Defender Francis, a mainstay of Bournemouth's amazing rise from League One into the top-flight, said: 'I think we can compete with a lot of teams in mid-table, and above, to sign players now.