Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill felt his side were worthy winners after the 2-1 success over Chelsea.
Headers from Richard Dunne and James Collins secured victory for Villa after Didier Drogba opened the scoring.
But O'Neill still suspects the Blues will be the team to catch in the race for the title.
He said: "I am delighted. I thought we played brilliantly in the first half and had to defend in the second half when Chelsea came at us very strongly, but we saw it through.
"There was a 15-minute period when it was tough for us but overall I thought we were splendid.
"We felt we should have had a penalty (for a foul on Agbonlahor) and we fell behind afterwards but to bounce back was brilliant.
"I think it is early on to make big predictions at this time of the season. I think any team that finishes in front of Chelsea will win the championship."