By Kevin Koczwara
Sunderland thrashed Chelsea on Sunday, 3-0. No way around it for Blues fans, the London side couldn’t handle the aggressive, fast attack the Northerners brought to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea looked more like a team fighting for a middling spot in the table rather than leading the pack in the Premier League.
The Black Cats thumping of Chelsea broke Peter Cech and the Blues shutout streak at the Bridge – 915 minutes without conceding a a goal in league play at home. It was an amazing run, but not many could say they expected the almighty Chelsea to end its streak in such a ball of flames. A 2-1 win over a strong side, such as Arsenal or Manchester United, would have been the safe bet for the first goal to be scored at the Blues’ London home.
But it wasn’t, and now the pressure has to be felt by Chelsea manager Carlo Ancellotti, from the deep-pocketed Russian upstairs.
The loss comes at a poor time for Ancellotti as Ray Wilkins, his top assistant, was released earlier in the week and the loss is the second shutout defeat in the club’s last three games – the Blues lost to Liverpool, 2-0, on Nov. 7 at Anfield. The loss was also the team’s worst home defeat since Roman Abramovich took the club over 2003.
Abramovich doesn’t like to lose, and he couldn’t care less about the past contributions of a player or manager. Ancellotti needs to bring in some more positive results and get this club to the Champions League Final if he wants to keep his job next year, because Abramovich will be willing to find someone else to do the job if he feels he has to.
Kevin Koczwara can be reached at Kevin.Koczwara@thesoccerguysonline.com.