Former Chelsea boss critical of Blues display vs Sunderland

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Chelsea failed to score for the first time this season in their 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

Ex-Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has said that his former team lacked ideas and guile as the Blues were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw away at Sunderland.

Goals have not been a problem for Jose Mourinho’s men this season as they lead the Premier League table with 10 wins and three draws from 13 matches.

They went in to the clash at Sunderland on the back of an explosive 5-0 away win at Bundesliga outfit Schalke in the Champions League and many tipped them to comfortable see off the Black Cats.

However, even the very best can come unstuck on occasions and that proved true at the Stadium of Light as a stubborn home side thwarted the West Londoners and kept them at bay.

While the plaudits deservedly go Gus Poyet’s way for masterminding an excellent defensive display, in Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Oscar the visitors had more than enough attacking prowess on the pitch.

Speaking on the Sky Sports Saturday show, former boss and now pundit Gullit felt that Mourinho got it wrong tactically and explained how his side made it easy for the hosts.

“They have to be disappointed with their own performance, especially tactically,” he told Sky Sports. “Everybody was inside all game and it was exactly what Sunderland wanted, it was easy for them.

“Of course they had to make an effort and be disciplined but you can’t say to Sunderland, 'you have to play attacking football', because they are not as good as Chelsea.

“Chelsea were slow-paced, with no width at all and only six attempts on target. Perhaps because they played three times in a week they could have been a bit tired.”

Despite not claiming the three points, the Blues maintained their six-point lead at the top of the table following Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.

Next up is a home clash with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Mourinho will have to shuffle his pack after Diego Costa’s fifth yellow card ruled him out with suspension.

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