From the Back Pages, May 4: Chelsea complete return to the throne with trademark victory

From the back pages
From the back pages

Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 0: It will go down in history as a procession, a one-horse race in which Chelsea’s rivals were reduced to a series of distant dots in the rear-view mirror. The most one-sided Barclays Premier League title race of recent years was settled once and for all at Stamford Bridge this afternoon with the victory that has become their trademark: an Eden Hazard goal followed by obdurate defending. (The Times)

José Mourinho celebrated his first league title since returning to Chelsea by making clear he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for many years and using an old Portuguese saying to explain why he would not be swayed by “the dogs” who criticise his team’s style. (The Guardian)

Manuel Pellegrini has taken a swipe at Premier League champions Chelsea, telling Jose Mourinho that everything he has achieved this season was managed by Manchester City in the 2013-14 campaign while playing more ‘attractive football’. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City may no longer be able to call themselves Premier League champions but at least the indignity of missing out on the top-four has almost certainly been avoided after Sergio Aguero inspired them to victory at Tottenham. (The Independent)

ANDY MURRAY will have to wait until today to bid for his first clay-court title after torrential rain washed out his final against Philipp Kohlschreiber in Munich yesterday. (The Express)

It did not take long for the cat-calls to rain down. Floyd Mayweather had just delivered an exhibition of masterfully economical ring-craft and yet, as he raised his arms in triumph to exhort this febrile Las Vegas crowd, he looked in vain for the love he saw as his due. Admiration for the fighter did not translate to affection for the person. Such, perhaps, is always the fate of the flawed genius. (The Telegraph)

Floyd Mayweather has given Amir Khan hope of being his next opponent. The pound-for-pound king dominated Manny Pacquaio to stretch his unbeaten record to 48-0 in the fight of the century in Las Vegas on Saturday night. (The Mirror)