It was always going to be a straightforward match on Saturday. Chelsea entered the tie against Sunderland without a head coach, having sacked club legend Jose Mourinho on Thursday.
Just hours before the game, Guus Hiddink was appointed by Chelsea as the interim manager until the end of the season, though he would not steer the ship on Saturday. He instead sat in the stands next to Roman Abramovich and another club legend, Didier Drogba. The team was lead by assistant manager Steve Holland.
Chelsea were off to the races on Saturday, scoring just minutes into the match. Ivanovic lost his man on a corner kick and was able to head past Pantilimon and the Sunderland team for the first goal of the game.
They doubled their tally through Pedro. An Ivanovic cross was deflected and fell to Pedro. The Spaniard hammered it home to increase the Blues lead.
Chelsea added another just after the break. Willian was brought down in the box by Pantilimon, who received a yellow card for the offense. Oscar, who hadn’t put a foot wrong all day, buried it past Sunderland’s goalkeeper. He made no mistake putting it away.
Sunderland pulled one back through sloppy defending from Chelsea. A diving header deflected by Courtois was tapped in by former Chelsea player Fabio Borini.
Chelsea’s second half was far and a way worse then their first, but the result was enough.
Guus Hiddink met the players after the match and will get started with the team as soon as possible.
Overall, three points is three points. Chelsea fans booed the players in response to Mourinho’s sacking. This was an expected response. However, it would be best if that ends now, as fans must support the squad if they want any chance of Champions League Football next season.