Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Chelsea

Saturday, 07 February 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 1 Man City

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Matic downbeat on title hopes

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic was devastated after Saturday's defeat by Sunderland blew apart their title hopes.

Last Updated: 20/04/14 at 14:07 Post Comment

Nemanja Matic: Suffered a devastating defeat at Stamford Bridge

Nemanja Matic: Suffered a devastating defeat at Stamford Bridge

Loan star Fabio Borini's penalty sealed Sunderland's 2-1 victory in a lively encounter, handing the striker's parent club Liverpool the upper hand in the battle for Premier League honours.

Chelsea can expect contact from the Football Association on Tuesday over Ramires' apparent elbow in the face of Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson that went unpunished, and assistant coach Rui Faria's sending off for confronting fourth official Phil Dowd.

The result meant Jose Mourinho's men trailed Liverpool by two points with the leaders playing Norwich in Sunday's Sky Live showdown at Carrow Road.

"I can say that we gave our best, I saw after the game that every player was sad because of the result," Matic told Chelsea TV.

"We tried, we fought until the end for the result, until the last minute, and we were unlucky not to win. Everybody knew how important it was for us, this game, but that's football.

"Now we can't do anything, we have to look forward, get focused on the Champions League, because as you know the Premier League title is going to be difficult to win."

Mourinho suffered his first home Premier League defeat in 78 games on Saturday, and Chelsea will face leaders Liverpool at Anfield on April 27.

Chelsea have the perfect stage to hit back when they play Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League on Tuesday in Spain.

Former Chelsea midfielder and Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admitted winning at his old stomping ground proved a "special" moment, and may even sway the title destination.

"It could be the key moment for the title," said Poyet, who spent four years at Stamford Bridge in his attacking midfield heyday.

"Everybody's going to be talking about Fabio (Borini) now because he's a Liverpool player. He's going to have a few digs from a few friends from Liverpool that's for sure, but I can assure you that we played only for Sunderland, we didn't play for anyone else."

Chelsea will hope goalkeeper Petr Cech will recover from the virus that ruled him out of the Sunderland defeat in time for Tuesday's Atletico trip.

The Blues will also sweat on the fitness of midfielder Eden Hazard, who will need to train on Monday to have any chance of making Mourinho's match squad for the Madrid battle.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires could well have played his last Chelsea game this season too, after appearing to strike Sunderland's Larsson in the face.

Ramires' strike was missed by referee Mike Dean, and the fact the official took no action leaves the door open for the FA to impose a charge.

Chelsea assistant coach Faria can also expect FA censure after being sent off for over-zealous criticism of fourth official Dowd.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

AFCON round-up: Ivory Coast and Ghana make semi-finals

Ivory Coast and Ghana both qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after beating Algeria and Guinea respectively on Sunday.

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company