first_img0Shares0000SUNDERLAND, November 28- Jose Mourinho will attempt to overturn a landmark defeat when Premier League leaders Chelsea visit Sunderland this weekend.The last time the two clubs met was in April when Gus Poyet’s Sunderland’s side –- then rooted at the foot of the table — pulled off a shock win at Stamford Bridge. Defeat brought an end to Mourinho’s 77-game unbeaten home league run in two spells as Chelsea manager and helped derail the Blues title bid.Mourinho’s side have not lost in the league since and last weekend’s one-sided dismissal of West Bromwich Albion helped extend the club’s lead at the head of the Premier League to six points after just 12 games.The 5-0 victory at Schalke in midweek confirmed Chelsea’s place in the knockout stage of the Champions League and extended the Blues’ unbeaten start to the season to 19 games in all competitions.A demanding schedule between now and the turn of the year will test Mourinho’s squad, but with their main rivals regularly dropping points, it is hard to see their commanding lead being whittled away in the foreseeable future.Unlike other leading Premier League clubs, Chelsea have managed to negotiate the opening months of the campaign without losing key players to long-term injury.And defender Branislav Ivanovic said: “We are playing as a team at the moment. It’s still an early stage of the year and we know how many games we have to play until the end of the season to win trophies. We have games every three days now.“At the moment we are very calm and everyone is thinking in the same direction,” he added.Cesc Fabregas had a hand in four of the goals that crushed Schalke and the Spain midfielder said he was playing the best football of his career following his close season switch from Barcelona.“I am playing next to great players and they are playing very well and are helping me,” the former Arsenal playmaker said. “We have a young, talented team and the mood at the training ground is great.”– Great escape –Connor Wickham scored in Sunderland’s 2-1 win in west London seven months ago that helped them pull off their escape from relegation, and the former England Under-21 international insisted another surprise result shouldn’t be ruled out.Poyet’s mid-table Black Cats face a tough run of fixtures heading into December, with defending champions Manchester City following the leaders in visiting the Stadium of Light.“We know we can do it from our performances last year,” Wickham said. “We just need to play the way we have been playing, and hopefully it’ll happen again.“We had the same situation last season when we faced Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in quick succession, but we managed to pull off something remarkable then.”Sunderland have lost just three times in the league this season. But seven draws leaves them too close to the relegation zone for comfort.Wickham added: “We’ve probably had too many draws which we could have won.”Former Chelsea midfielder Poyet is relishing his latest meeting with the Blues after helping the club lift the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup during a successful four-year spell following his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 1997.The Sunderland head coach said: “I had a great time there, but my focus is fully on Sunderland. It will be nice to catch up with a few old friends, but as soon as the game kicks-off, I won’t see anything other than our red and white.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgtalkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… Getty Getty Real Madrid are monitoring Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who has been told he can leave the club for the right price. (Daily Star)Juventus have agreed a £63million to sign Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt. (De Telegraaf)Tottenham are attempting to hijack Arsenal’s move for highly-rated Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba. (FULL STORY)West Ham are in talks to sign Frankfurt striker Sebastian Haller. (Sky Sports)Fulham have contacted Brighton over a £15million transfer for Brighton ace Anthony Knockaert. (The Sun)Tottenham could make a bid for £30million-rated Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who has been linked to Premier League new boys Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror) Kalvin Phillips is high in demand 4 Romelu Lukaku is with the Manchester United squad for their pre-season tour of Australia 4 4 Ruben Dias has a pricey release clause Getty Juventus have ended their pursuit of Paul Pogba as Real Madrid lead the race to sign the wantaway Manchester United midfielder. (Daily Mail)RB Leipzig have made a renewed move for Everton starlet Ademola Lookman, who spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan with the Bundesliga club. (BBC)Everton are closing in on a move for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph (Telegraph)Newcastle’s £50million valuation of Sean Longstaff is set to end Manchester United’s interest. (ESPN)Inter Milan will have to pay £90million to sign Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. (Telegraph) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was coy about Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United future after the 2-0 victory over Perth Glory. Quizzed on whether Lukaku will still be a player at the start of the season, Solskjaer said: “Well, let’s see when the season starts. We’ve not had any bids that we’re considering.” (Metro)West Ham are close to finalising a £36million deal for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller. – FULL STORYArsenal have revived their interest in Benfica star Ruben Dias amid doubts surrounding the future of wantaway captain Laurent Koscielny. – FULL STORY 4 Blackpool are among a number of Football League clubs trying to sign 19-year-old Everton forward Fraser Hornby on loan this summer. (Liverpool Echo)Arsenal have set an £8.8million price tag on club captain Laurent Koscielny, who has refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the US. (Evening Standard)Barcelona have signed Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann after triggering his £108million release clause. (FULL STORY)last_img read more