Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Player Grades for the Blues

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Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Player Grades for the Blues
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In Chelsea’s first game without Didier Drogba this season, Fernando Torres was unquestionably the starter and made the most of it, assisting Frank Lampard in a 1-0 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea got on top in the eighth minute, when Juan Mata played a great cross to the back post where Torres was waiting. The striker leaped in the air for an overhead kick, which rattled off the crossbar but found Lampard waiting right in front of the net the deflect it in.

It was anything but an easy three points for the hosts, as Sunderland pressed on the Chelsea third as time ran down.

Two decent chances fell to the visitors in stoppage time, but none were able to be the one to ruin the Blues' night.

Not the best performance by Chelsea this season, but a full three points in a match where each side had their opportunities is hard to argue with.

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