Chelsea will never see the likes of Drogba again
Carried off the pitch on the half hour, shoulder high above his colleagues, it was a fitting send-off that saw Didier Drogba depart Stamford Bridge for the last time.
The man whose legend walks before him has created so much – for both the club and for himself in the time he has been with, and away from, the club.
Announcing pre-match that this was the end for him in west London – he wants to play one more season and it will surely be in the MLS – set up this day of ceremony and revelry.
With his departure, Chelsea lose a once-great player. But, more than that, they lose a character as big as any the game has every produced.
But, you wait, he'll be back...
But that wasn't the only farewell
Drogba, captain for the day, may hog the headlines – but there were other greats who the Stamford Bridge crowd will not see again.
Principal among those being Petr Cech – certainly appearing here for the very last time in a glittering Chelsea career.
It was fitting that the two men certainly most responsible for that 2012 Champions League win took a bow on the same day – but there was one more hero of Munich here who we shall probably see no more.
John Mikel Obi – arguably Chelsea's man of the match on that day at the Allianz Arena – may well have made his final bow.
All three will be sorely missed.
The challenge now is to build on this
Season one – close. Season two – English champions. Season three – Europe?
That's the Mourinho masterplan, and it is his job now to make it reality.
We know, more or less, who is going out. But, with Chelsea's apparent one-out, one-in transfer policy, that doesn't leave much room for improvement.
It was notable that after Mourinho it was Chelsea's youngsters who led the side out to collect the Premier League trophy.
For some of them, Ruben Loftus-Cheek foremost among them, this could be a massive season coming-up.
There won't be too much appetite for tickets to Australia
After a punishing campaign, now it's time to build Brand Chelsea.
The players get a few days down time, and then it is off to Australia, via Thailand, for a promotional post-season tour.
Never will there have been so little interest in the prospect of a free ticket to the other side of the planet.
Thanks all, and have a great summer
In the last dozen seasons of covering Chelsea for getwestlondon, I've seen some amazing stuff.
15 trophies, 25 countries, and more managers than I care to remember.
I've covered something like 700 games in that time – and though I've not missed many games, I've never done a complete season. Until now. I doff my cap to those who pay their way doing this.
It's been a pleasure, but it's time for a holiday (and I don't fancy a post-season tour to Oz either).
Thanks for your support, have a great summer, and I might just be back in August with more of the same.