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‘Chelsea will be scared of us’ – Sunderland hero predicted cup triumph

Fabio Borini

Borini is Sunderland's saviour as Mourinho's side are knocked out of the Capital One Cup

If good things come to those who wait, Fabio Borini was long overdue his moment of glory in England, and it finally arrived against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

On-loan Liverpool striker Borini had already provided a reminder of his quality with Sunderland’s winner against Newcastle United in the Premier League earlier in the season.

He underlined that quality again with a goal and an assist as the Black Cats came from behind send Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea crashing out of the Capital One Cup.

And it seems that Borini, who came through the Chelsea youth ranks, saw the result coming. Before the tie at the Stadium of Light, Borini said: “We gave them a good game in the league and they will have been scared after winning 4-3 at our stadium. They will have that result and our performance in mind.”

After equalising close to the end of normal time, Borini then set up Ki Sung-Yueng for Sunderland’s winner three minutes from the end of extra-time as his side reached the semi-final of the competition.

It was a timely reminder of Borini’s ability, with the Italian on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season having failed to make an impression under Brendan Rodgers.

It was a bitter pill for the Blues too, with their own strikers having once again come up short in front of goal.

Borini had previously revealed his desire to return to Serie A, but Sunderland fans will be hoping this is a pivotal moment for both the player and the club as Gus Poyet’s side look to fight their way off the foot of the Premier League table.

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