Chelsea and Everton bid farewell to their respective managers on the final day of the Premier League and fittingly the game at Stamford Bridge was a evenly contested encounter that the Blues edged 2-1. Fernando Torres scored the decisive winner in the 76th minute, his first goal in the Premier League since Boxing Day. Everton had earlier cancelled out Juan Mata’s 7th minute opener through Steven Naismith on 14 minutes. The win ensures that Chelsea finish 3rd and with it secure automatic qualification for next season’s Champions league while 5th placed Everton finished above Liverpool despite the defeat.
Rafa Benitez had a surprise up his sleeve for Chelsea’s last home game of the season as he handed Nathan Ake a start whole Fernando Torres and Demba Ba also started together up-front. The top-heavy side had only Frank Lampard to call upon in a traditional central midfield role, with Juan Mata and Oscar the conduit between attack and defence. Branislav Ivanovic was shifted out to the right to accommodate Gary Cahill and David Luiz in the centre while Ashley Cole took up his usual position on the left.