The first ever team to defeat Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, it was the Wearside club who all-but ended any hope Chelsea had of winning the title last term, but, on current form, it is hard to see the same happening next weekend.
The West Londoners travel to the Stadium of Light in imperious form, whilst their hosts are still struggling with a number of injuries. Following Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over West Brom at the weekend, they sit eight points clear of Manchester City, and seven clear of Southampton - although the Saints can close the gap to four points with a victory on Monday evening. Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard continue to impress, and no other team in the division has shown the consistency that Mourinho has drilled into his squad.
However, teams are entering the game knowing that they can break the Blues’ incredible run, and Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet believes that the Black Cats can be the side who put an end to any dreams of a Chelsea invincible season.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Poyet outlined what his side must do if they are to clinch a result from the champions elect.
“From now on until the end of the season it is going to be like that for every team they play against,” the former Blues midfielder said.
“Every team is going to be trying to be the one to beat them first, and we now have that opportunity.
“We need to not make any mistakes, we need to be organised, brave on the ball and not defending all the time.
“Desire, organisation, taking the ball from then when you can and the players like to play well against Chelsea.
“There are plenty of things you need to be to be very good on the day, but we have done it in the past and we can do it again.”