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Gary Rose

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  1. Post update

    Right, that is all from me. Plenty of Chelsea reaction to come so head on over to our main football live page to get it all. 

    See ya!

  2. Abramovich justified?

    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender, Final Score

    "This performance almost justifies Abramovich sacking Jose Mourinho..."


    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    John Terry applauds

    All over and life after Jose Mourinho begins with a win for Chelsea. 

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    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Three minutes of added time but, barring a crazy collapse, Chelsea are firmly on course for a first league win in three games.


    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Fine save by Thibaut Courtois! 

    The Chelsea keeper stretches out a hand to deny Jermain Defoe's drive and ensure the Blues avoid a nervy final few minutes.


    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Some players have been booed by Chelsea fans today, but not Oscar. He goes off to universal applause as Ramires enters the fray for the closing stages.

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    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Final change for Sunderland as Danny Graham replaces Duncan Watmore moments before Loic Remy draws a fine save out of Costel Pantilimon. 

    Feels like there is another goal in this game as we head into the final 10 minutes.

  8. More jeers for Fabregas & Costa

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    One strong final message of the day from Chelsea's fans as Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa are substituted in quick succession.

    The reception is decidedly mixed with loud jeers - and there are noisy chants for Jose Mourinho as Costa walks slowly off.


    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    That's Diego Costa's last action of the game as he is replaced by Loic Remy for the closing stages. Once again, the departure of a Chelsea player is met with a mixed response from the crowd.

  10. Post update

    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Better from Chelsea as Branislav Ivanovic drives the ball across the box from the right, but Oscar fluffs up his finish, before a defender takes the ball from the feet of Diego Costa just as he is about to shoot.


    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Chelsea coach Steve Holland makes his first change of the game as Cesc Fabregas is replaced by Mikel.

    A mixture of boos and applause as Fabregas goes off. Plenty of repair work to be done between the Chelsea fans and players.

  12. Post update

    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    After such a dominant first-half display, Chelsea are looking a little bit more like the side that has struggled this season at the moment, and they are fortunate not to see their lead reduced to just one goal.

    This time, Duncan Watmore heads a ball down for Jermain Defoe but he powers an effort into the side netting. That would have made things interesting.

  13. Post update

    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Today is a very good day for Jose Mourinho's ego, because his name is not being chanted at just Stamford Bridge. 

    Manchester United are 2-0 down at home to Norwich and it seems the Red Devils' fans are making their feelings known about Louis van Gaal and who they want to replace him...

  14. Post update

    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Fabio Borini has only been on the pitch for 11 minutes but he has had a big impact on this game already.

    Moments after pulling a goal back, he strokes a shot just wide of the far post. 

  15. Post update

    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    A swift response from Sunderland as half-time substitute Fabio Borini bundles in from close range after a free-kick was headed into the middle of the box by Younes Kaboul.

  16. GOAL - Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

    Fabio Borini

    Fabio Borini celebates
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    Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland

    Simple stuff from Oscar as he rolls the ball into the net from the penalty spot. 

    Chelsea's third isn't enough to prompt the home fans to cheer their team, though, as once again Jose Mourinho's name rings out around the stadium.

  18. GOAL - Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland

    Oscar penalty

    Oscar scores a penalty

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Dream start to the second half as Chelsea break and Willian is nudged over by Costel Pantilimon inside the box as he chases a Pedro ball. Pantilimon goes in the referee's book and Chelsea have the chance for a third from the spot...

  20. KICK-OFF

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Applause greets the Chelsea players as they emerge back on the pitch for the second half.

    Sam Allardyce rubs his face as Sunderland get things back under way.


    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Another change for Sunderland before the second half, Fabio Borini on for Ola Toivonen.

  22. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland


    A defiant show of unity from the Chelsea players? Or am I reading too much into celebrations after a goal? They have certainly looked a completely different side to the one that has limped to defeats in recent games.

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  24. Chelsea on easy street

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    While Chelsea's fans continue to vent their feelings about Jose Mourinho, it is all very easy for the players he left behind.

    It really couldn't be more comfortable and the man taking charge for this game, Steve Holland, has been able to sit in his seat watching Chelsea dominate a very poor Sunderland side.


    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC football commentator at Stamford Bridge

    "It has been a very good Chelsea performance but the big question is why has it taken the sacking of Jose Mourinho to produce this?"

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  27. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Costel Pantilimon paws away a Pedro cross to deny the lurking Diego Costa the chance to head home. Sunderland then break quickly and win a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Patrick van Aanholt takes it, but smashes the ball straight at the wall.

  28. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Diego Costa goes close again! This time he heads wide at the end of a lovely team move involving Willian, Oscar and Pedro. Lovely football from Chelsea at times in this half.

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    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Diego Costa looks a different player, full of energy and a dangerous presence in the Sunderland box. 

    He is inches away from adding a third as Willian and Oscar exchange passes to unlock the Sunderland defence, before the latter's ball across the face of goal is driven over by Costa.

  30. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland


    This Sunderland heatmap tells you all you need to know about just how much pressure the Black Cats are under. They've barely been out of their own half but a chance comes out of nothing as a fine ball is played long for Duncan Watmore, who gets between the Chelsea defence but lashes a shot over the bar. Best chance they've had.

  31. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    A rare Sunderland attack as Yann M'Vila whips in a cross, but Diego Costa and John Terry combine to snuff it out.

  32. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Oscar shoots

    The change does nothing to ease the wave of Chelsea attacks. 

    This time, the Sunderland defence stands still to allow Oscar the chance to weave his way into the area. He looks certain to grab Chelsea's third but Costel Pantilimon is quick off his line to close down the gap and deny the midfielder.

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    Carl in Reading: The only "palpable" thing today is the support for Jose and discontent for players... Costa, Oscar and Fabregas all booed by crowd here at the Bridge.

    Lisa: Players at the bridge getting stick and rightly so after selling out Jose and the fans  

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  34. Goals reaction



    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Here comes the change and it is a tactical one as defender Sebastian Coates goes off, with midfielder Adam Johnson on in his place. A flat back four and four in midfield for Sunderland now.

  36. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland


    The Sunderland players just cannot get the ball off Chelsea at the moment as Cesc Fabregas bamboozles the Black Cats' defence with a clever ball that just has too much power for Diego Costa to chase. 

    It seems only a matter of time before a Chelsea third goal and Sam Allardyce is already planning a substitution.

  37. Strange times at Stamford Bridge

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Stamford Bridge

    Chelsea score again and it is greeted with even louder cheers for Jose Mourinho - followed by an industrial chant aimed at the players asking, in colourful terms, where they were when this team was not so good.

    This is an astonishing show of support for Mourinho - and owner Roman Abramovich is having to listen to every word. 

  38. 'Chelsea look a different side'

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender, Final Score

    "Chelsea look a different side. They are playing with a fast tempo. Oscar just tried an audacious cross, something we were not seeing under Mourinho. 

    "Looking at this, it's clear the players just weren't playing for Jose. They were unprofessional."


    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    This is the Chelsea of old. Slick, confident passing, dominating possession. 

    Sunderland are hanging on as Diego Costa goes down in the box when he tries to chest down a cross. Penalty? Nothing given.

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  41. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Chris Sutton

    Former Chelsea striker on Final Score

    "For these Chelsea players to turn up and play at this tempo today just shows how disgraceful they have been so far this season." 

  42. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

    Chelsea are absolutely bossing these opening stages and are now deservedly 2-0 up. Branislav Ivanovic is this time the provider, firing the ball into the box and Pedro pounces, lashing the ball into the roof of the net.

    The players zone in on Pedro to celebrate, but still Jose Mourinho's name is chanted in the stands.

  43. GOAL - Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland


    Pedro of Chelsea scores
  44. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland

    It looks like the referee has forgotten his magic spray as Chelsea win a free-kick, 25 yards from goal. He goes to his pocket to grasp it, before nonchalantly blowing his whistle to allow the free-kick to be taken when he realises he hasn't got it. Willian takes it, lifting the ball over the wall but into the hands of Costel Pantilimon.

  45. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland

    Chris Sutton

    Former Chelsea striker on Final Score

    "It's a superb header. Branislav Ivanovic has done brilliantly to generate that much power."  

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  47. 'He's done it again'

    Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender, Final Score

    Guus Hiddink sat in the stands with Didier Drogba

    "It's interesting that Hiddink is watching on with Drogba sitting next to him. But that is a great corner, and how often have we seen the likes of Ivanovic score crucial goals for Chelsea? He's done it again."

  48. Great start for Chelsea

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Branislav Ivanovic heads Chelsea in front - but almost as soon as the ball hits the back of the net the chants for Jose Mourinho start up again."

  49. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland

    Branislav Ivanovic's name was one of those that were booed in the build-up, but he is being cheered now as the defender gives Chelsea the lead, powering home a header from Willian's corner.

    Just the start Blues owner Roman Abramovich will have wanted after a testing few days.

  50. GOAL - Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Branislav Ivanovic celebrates
  51. Post update

    Chelsea 0-0 Sunderland

    It is easy to forget there are two teams playing, such has been the focus on Chelsea., and it is clear that Sunderland want to pile more misery on the Blues fans. The Black Cats have started well, swiftly closing down the Chelsea player in possession, but no chances of note yet.

  52. Huge support for Mourinho

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Stamford Bridge

    No question where the sympathies of Chelsea's fans lie here. Costa & Fabregas got another going over when their names were read out again.

    And a look at some of the banners also tell the tale of support for Jose Mourinho, reading: "You Let Jose Down You Let Us Down."

    Others read "Our Jose. Sacrificed. Why?" and "The Three Rats - Hazard, Cesc and Costa."

    In contrast Willian, who has been superb this season, received a rapturous reception. Mourinho's name chanted loudly.

  53. KICK-OFF

    Chelsea 0-0 Sunderland

    The whistle goes and Chelsea get things up and running.

  54. Post update

    Chelsea v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho's name is being chanted around Stamford Bridge as the players emerge from the tunnel, prompting more fans to hold up banners accusing them of letting Mourinho down.

    Guus Hiddink is in attendance, taking his seat next to Didier Drogba and Roman Abramovich as kick off approaches.

  55. Chelsea fans make their feelings known

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Stamford Bridge

    The names of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were met with very loud jeering when they were just read out at Stamford Bridge.

    The message from Chelsea's fans is clear - they believe two men pivotal to last season's title win were instrumental in Jose Mourinho's downfall.

    The name of Willian, in contrast, received loud cheers.


  56. Post update

    Chelsea v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)


    The fans are certainly making it known whose side they are on, and it is not the players' side.

  57. Mourinho still remembered

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Stamford Bridge

    There is a banner draped over the Matthew Harding Stand here at Stamford Bridge emblazoned with the words "Jose Mourinho - Simply The Best".

    And make no mistake, despite his second departure from Chelsea there will be plenty among the suppporters here at Stamford Bridge today who still think exactly that.

  58. 'It's been tough for the fans'

    Chelsea v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

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    John Terry

    Chelsea captain in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge: "The players remain responsible. Our performances and league position are not good enough, and we're accountable for that. We need to start winning football matches. 

    "It's been tough for the fans - we know how much they loved the manager. But if we get three points today we'll be back on track and back to winning ways."

  59. 'Chelsea's stars should be embarrassed'

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger on Football Focus

    "Chelsea's stars should be embarrassed. Mourinho is a great manager with a great record of winning trophies. But he's just been sacked, and if you're one of the players in the squad who has not been performing for him, then that is simply unacceptable. There has to be pride in the badge."

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    BBC Sport's prediction overlord Mark Lawrenson reckons this game is going to be 2-0 to Chelsea.

    But what do you think? There is no need to scream your prediction at your computer any more - you can have your say using our Predictor.

    There is a league table for how fans of each club are doing prediction-wise this season. Chelsea and Sunderland fans, it's not looking good for you. But you can turn it around by predicting right now.

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  62. 'We have been backing Mourinho throughout the season'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    David Chidgey of the Chelsea Fancast on 5 live Sport: "A lot of the match-going fans will be disappointed - we have been backing Mourinho throughout the season, regardless of how bad the results have been. 

    "I blame the players, the ones who kick the ball on the pitch and who have been so poor this season. They need to look in the mirror and admit that, for whether reason, they haven't been performing."

  63. Post update

    Chelsea v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)


    Not just banners, Lawro, but masks too. 

    There's definitely a lot of support for Jose Mourinho in the stands at Stamford Bridge. 

    One woman is sat clinging defiantly to a life-size cut-out of the man himself while a large banner displaying the words "Jose Mourinho: Simply the Best" stretches along one of the stands.

  64. 'We can expect banners supporting Jose'

    Mark Lawrenson

    Former Liverpool defender at Goodison Park for 5 live Sport

    A Chelse a fan holding a banner which reads 'Jose is our special one'

    "It's a real worry, player power. Think about the amount of it in that Chelsea dressing room. Mourinho was culpable because of some selection decisions he made, but we can all expect banners supporting Jose at Stamford Bridge today.

    "Have the players done their utmost this season? I very much doubt it, and that's really strange. 

    "Mourinho has not helped himself, but he is a very, very good manager. Where do Chelsea go from here, and what nessage does this send out for the future?"

  65. 'Chelsea need experience'

    Chelsea v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Quote Message: I think it is a fantastic appointment. I am very, very happy about it. This club needs an experienced man at the helm and Guus Hiddink is clearly that. I've looked at this game as a one-off. I have hopefully picked a team that will be able to deal with Sunderland. from Steve Holland
    Steve Holland
  66. Team news

    Steve Holland has made two changes to the Chelsea team that Jose Mourinho picked for the Leicester game on Monday. Cesc Fabregas and Pedro both come in for Ramires and Eden Hazard respectively.

    Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa.  


    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce makes three changes as Younes Kaboul, Jermain Defoe and Jack Rodwell all come into the side.    

    Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Jones, Coates, Kaboul, O’Shea,Van Aanholt, M’Vila, Rodwell, Toivonen, Watmore, Defoe.  

  67. Deja vu

    Chelsea v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Guus Hiddink

    It has been a whirlwind few days for Chelsea fans, with Jose Mourinho going and a new man confirmed in his place.

    Former Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink has been appointed interim manager of the Blues until the end of the season, taking on a similar role to the one he had at Stamford Bridge back in the 2008-09 season.

    He's not in the dugout today, though, with first-team coach Steve Holland the man who has picked today's team, speaking of which here is the team news...

  68. End of an era

    Chelsea v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho
    Image caption: Jose Mourinho at Brighton on Saturday

    When Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy back in May, few would have predicted that, just seven months later, Jose Mourinho would be sat watching Championship football on the day the Blues faced Sunderland in a battle towards the bottom of the table.

    That, though, is the case today as Chelsea begin life after Mourinho looking to end a run of successive defeats.

    Mourinho's last action as Chelsea boss was to accuse some of his players of betrayal. How will those players respond today?

  69. Post update

    Welcome to our live page for Chelsea v Sunderland. We’ll have text commentary here from 14:30 GMT. You can keep up to date with all the build-up to today’s games here.