The Back Cats defeated Jose Mourinho’s side in the League Cup in December 2013, before ending the Portuguese coach’s 77-game unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 victory in April.
It was a decisive game at both ends of the Premier League table, as it all but prevented the Blues winning the title, and it was a major step in Sunderland’s impressive run that secured their late-season survival in the top flight.
The two clubs face off again this weekend, and, although the game is at the Stadium of Light, it is likely that Mourinho will be fighting for revenge over Sunderland - and a dominating performance is on the cards.
The Blues enter the game on the back of a 5-0 away victory in the Champions League, with a scoreline that should have been higher after the West Londoners best performance of the season. On the other hand, Sunderland are unbeaten in three Premier League fixtures, with two consecutive draws, and they promise to put in a solid performance making them a tough side to beat, as shown by their seven draws this term - the highest in the division.
Many believe that Chelsea could progress the entire length of the season undefeated, and it is expected that they will record victory over the Black Cats without putting in much effort, but Liam Bridcutt - who started his career at Stamford Bridge - is confident that Sunderland can put in a good performance, having improved upon the side who defeated them last season.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Bridcutt said: “Chelsea are a top team and they aren’t going to be happy about those results last season. They are going to want to set the record straight.
“If we are on our game, though, and we do things right, then we’ve got a great chance.
“We are capable of getting points from these games – we proved that last season
“And we are a better team this season than last, without a doubt.
“We seem to always do better against the top teams.”