Chelsea's Juan Cuadrado pips Arsenal’s David Ospina to historic Premier League feat

David Ospina

Chelsea became Premier League champions with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado made history on Sunday as he became the first Colombian to be crowned a Premier League champion following the West Londoners’ success.

The flying winger joined Arsenal’s David Ospina and Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao in the Premier League in January, moving to Stamford Bridge from Serie A side Fiorentina.

He hasn’t featured much since his arrival, making just three Premier League starts and a further six substitute appearances despite his obvious talent.

Ospina, in contrast, has been a mainstay in the Gunners’ first-team XI since the turn of the New Year and has conceded just seven goals in 13 starts, keeping an impressive eight clean sheets.

The North Londoners have been the Premier League’s most consistent side in 2015, and a run of eight consecutive victories sparked belief they could finish top come the end of May.

However, Jose Mourinho’s men remained consistent enough and maintained a sufficient gap on their rivals to clinch the title with three games to spare, winning five of their last seven matches by the odd goal.

The Premier League title is Cuadrado’s first major success of his career and comes exactly one year on from former club Fiorentina’s 3-1 Coppa Italia final defeat to Rafa Benitez’s Napoli.

He will be hopeful of making more of an impact next season and helping his team defend their crown, with Colombian teammate Ospina’s Gunners likely to provide the biggest challenge.

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