Mourinho-Free Chelsea Maul Black Cats
Caretaker manager Steve Holland surely -- how did the Special One say it last week? -- worked for days on this match, prepared everything related to the opponent, identified movements where the opposition scored almost all their goals, and ...
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
If only for a day, the Blues returned to their winning ways at the expense of tail-dragging Sunderland, 3-1.
Chelsea is the Premiership's fallen champion of the Premiership. It takes something out of the ordinary to take a team from winners to relegation-threatened, but Mourinho was down to the task.
Now that he's gone, it seems like a pall has been lifted from Stamford Bridge.
Branislav Ivanović celebrated his happiness with a quick goal:
Willian is always involved in Chelsea affairs in one way or another.
Then came a goal from the Blues' former phenom, Pedro:
A lucky treat, that one.
Oscar may have had trouble with Mourinho, but he didn't have any in converting the penalty:
Dude's always cool as a cucumber from the spot.
Chelsea, however, are still the masters of conceding from a set piece:
Fabio Borini offered his own version of mind over matter in that one. What a rocket!
They could be loving that in the Championship next season. And Chelsea seem like the weight of the world is off their shoulders.