Hazard scores, putting Chelsea up on Sunderland. The goal was the Belgian’s fifth league goal of the campaign.
Eden Hazard is on a different planet tonight
Frank Lampard with yet another goal for Chelsea - that’s 208 goals now for those who are keeping count. By the time it’s all said and done you won’t be able to touch him.
Chelsea v. Sunderland
Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Mata, Hazard; Torres
Mata starts again. Most likely due to Oscar’s injury but it is good to see him rewarded for a strong performance on the weekend.
Azpilicueta keeps Cole out of the lineup for the 7th straight match; merited.
Nike has been rolling out loads and loads of commercials as part of it’s World Cup 2014 campaign. Typically, any advert football Nike touches is gold, but this one takes the cake.
PS: Prediction - Benard is going to be the next big Brazilian export.
"I’m delighted that the team are playing well, my form’s very good. I can chip in with a couple of goals. Ideally I’d like to be sitting top of the league. I feel as though it will come and we’ll get better and better."
Has Demba Ba done enough to earn himself a start against Sunderland? The striker rarely features but, when given a chance, he hasn’t disappointed yet this season.
Branislav Ivanovic believes Chelsea are in their best position to mount a prolonged assault on the Premier League title since they last clinched the championship three years ago:
"We have improved as a team but we have to show it every game. At the moment, this is our best chance since 2010 but we have to be careful and carry on, fighting for every game and every point."
Mourinho Hails Fans For Sticking By Struggling Torres:
“The crowd know football and they know that a striker sometimes not scoring goals can give a big contribution for the team – and the way he is working for us is fantastic. They are a very loyal crowd at Stamford Bridge. When they feel a player gives everything and works hard for them, they always praise. That is good and is a good feeling for a player.”
John Terry on number 400: “It’s very significant for me. It’s a huge achievement, to maintain it at a top club like I have. I’m very proud of that. I’m thankful for the fans as well for sticking by me and the club as well. Hopefully there’s many more to come this season and maybe next.”
Mourinho on Michael Essien’s performance on Sunday: “Everybody makes a mistake. Strikers they miss goals, goalkeepers make mistakes and midfielders lose the ball, especially when they try to play, and he tried to play. He played his part in the stability of the team, but one yellow card for 45 minutes is a long time. I had to take one [of him or Ramires off]. But he’s my man, he’s a Chelsea man and it’s no problem.”
"We have some very tough games but you can also look at them as opportunities to keep the momentum going. Maybe the consistency isn’t quite there but we’re still in the Capital One Cup, we’ve qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and we’re pushing near the top of the table, so it’s not all doom and gloom." | Gary Cahill
The best sign of a top team is being able to turn around a poor start and dominate in the second period; that is exactly what Chelsea have done
3-1 at Stamford Bridge
John Terry marks his 400th Premier League game with a goal
Juan Mata assisted both John Terry’s and Gary Cahill’s goals