In the wake of Chelsea’s upset loss to Sunderland — one that dealt a sever blow to the Blues’ title challenge — NBC Sports’ analyst Jim Beglin was sure to give the Black Cats credit. A simple plan bolstered by the fight of a team trying to stay in the Premier League delivered a win in London, the team’s second surprise result this week.
The big controversy, the late game penalty, couldn’t be avoided, though. When, nine minutes from time, Chelsea left back Cesar Azilicueta was called for a foul in the box on Jozy Altidore, Sunderland had its contentious path to victory.
“Maybe (Sunderland striker) Jozy Altidore did play on it,” Beglin said, speaking of left back’s defending, “but I don’t think [Azpilicueta] should have gone to ground.”
José Mourinho made his feelings known, his sarcasm fueling debate about Mike Dean’s decision. To Beglin’s view, though, Azpilicueta’s choice gave the official reason to go to the whistle. As a result, Chelsea could finish the weekend five back of Liverpool.