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Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-match reaction

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Ten in a row!

  • The first half was extremely boring. Sunderland did nothing because they weren't capable of doing anything, and although they defended less effectively than West Bromwich Albion last week, Chelsea simply couldn't take advantage of the spaces they left open. Marcos Alonso kept getting room to cross only to find nobody in the box, which was extremely annoying until ...
  • Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring from the counterpress, taking advantage of a Sunderland mistake just inside their half, driving forward and playing a one-two with Willian before curling into the bottom corner. Neat!
  • A David Luiz error (he's been getting them again after that kick from Aguero) led to a shot from Adnan Januzaj early in the first half. Thibaut Courtois laughed at it, and it was good.
  • Chelsea were much better in the second half than the first, and hit the crossbar and should have had a penalty within the first 10 minutes. But they couldn't find the breakthrough and were forced to see out the game.
  • We wouldn't have done that if not for Courtois, who produced an amazing stop from our old friend Patrick van Aanholt during injury time. One for the encyclopedia.