Unfortunately exam season conflicts with two of the most crucial weekends in Premier League soccer. Nevertheless, here's a recap of an exciting season in the English Premier League.
The final weekend saw Chelsea needing a win to wrap up the title. The Blues didn't want to just win the title, they wanted to win it in style and that they did as they thrashed Wigan 8-0 to take home their first championship since 2006 and the Jose Mourhino era.
"We closed the season very well with a fantastic performance," said first year coach Carlo Ancelotti. "I think that at the start of this match, there was a bit of pressure on us and we didn't play well but we played much better in the second half."
This defeat of Wigan was enough to give the Blues their fourth Premier League title and third in six years.
Striker Didier Drogba had a hat-trick in the title clinching win while Nicolas Anelka netted two.
Defending Champions Manchester United did their part to try and win their third straight championship, defeating Stoke City 4-0 but fell short of the title by one point.
Arsenal and Tottenham round out the top four, all of whom will be representing England in the European Champions League next season while Burnley, Hull City, and Portsmouth will be relegated.
Most Disappointing Performance:
Many predicted Liverpool to be the ones to dethrone Manchester United and take the title, instead they finished in seventh. Not quite the finish Spanish coach Rafa Benitez was looking for. The Reds have expressed the desire to keep the duo of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard but with these results, it will only a matter of time before these stars are begging for a transfer. Finishing seven points out of a Champions League birth, Benitez will need some improvment on this season or he might not find himself in Liverpool for too much longer.
Most Suprising Performance:
The Spurs qualifying for Champions League is the most surprising event of the season. Not that Tottenham were expected to be bad, but not too many people expected to finish in the top four. A team that two years ago appeared to be on the verge of relegation is now one of the premier squads in England thanks in due part to striker Jermain Defoe. Defoe was fourth in the league in scoring with 18 goals. The Spurs will need Defoe to remain consistent next season during Champions League play.
Many things will change when the transfer window opens back up but here's a look at how the top 10 might shake up next season.
1. Manchester United- The Red Devils will regain the title after a one year drought.
2. Chelsea- Fresh off of their fourth title, The Blues will fall a few points short of a repeat.
3. Liverpool- With Benetiz needing results, the Reds deliver and make it back into Champions League.
4. Arsenal- The fight for the fourth spot will be very close next season but van Persie and company will take it in the end.
5. Manchester City- Man City will fall just short of Champions League for yet another year.
6. Everton- David Moyes will have his team challenging for a Champions League berth.
7. Blackburn- The Rovers have been a long way since being relegated in '99, look for them to be the "Tottenham" of next season.
8. Tottenham- The Spurs luck run out and they won't see Europe for a second straight season.
9. Aston Villa- Martin O'Neill will see if he can translate his success at Celtic to Premier League glory.
10. Fulham- The Cottagers will be back to the form they were at in '09 when they finished a club best seventh place.