Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland: Life after Mourinho starts well on strange day

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  • Chelsea seal first win in four
  • Fans chant for Mourinho constantly
  • Ivanovic, Pedro, Oscar on target
  • Blues up to 14th place

Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as they being the post-Jose Mourinho era in style.

Goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro and Willian put them 3-0 up and Fabio Borini’s goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

With the win Chelsea now has 18 points, while Sunderland remain second from bottom.

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Chelsea raced into an early lead at Stamford Bridge amid banners from the home supporters lambasting their own players and chants supporting former manager Mourinho.

A corner from Willian was headed home by Ivanovic in the sixth minute to put Chelsea 1-0 up following some poor marking by Sebastian Coates. Ivanovic wheeled away in delight but it was Mourinho’s name which could be heard from the stands.

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Soon after the Blues were 2-0 up and cruising as a cross into the box dropped for Pedro and the Spaniard slammed home his effort. 2-0 to the Blues. Cue Mourinho’s name being sung once again.

Sunderland looked shell-shocked as the cameras panned to the new interim boss Guus Hiddink sitting alongside Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and owner Roman Abramovich in the stands.

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Before half time Chelsea had chances to extend their lead as the lively Oscar was denied by Costel Pantilimon and Diego Costa headed just wide.

Just three minutes into the second half Chelsea were 3-0 up as Willian was brought down by Pantilimon and Oscar stroked home the PK.

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Sunderland did fight their way back into the game as Younes Kaboul was left completely unmarked at the back post and his header across goal was parried by Thibaut Courtois into the path of substitute Borini who tapped home. 3-1.

The Black Cats had other chances to reduce the deficit with Jermain Defoe going close but Chelsea also went close through Oscar and Loic Remy, with both Cesc Fabregas and Costa roundly booed by the home fans as they went off as last subs.

Chelsea cruised to the win on a strange, strange day at Stamford Bridge which ended, once again, with Mourinho’s name sung by the home fans.