Saturday analysis: Chelsea's stunning title collapse puts classless Mourinho in a sulk
Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland
Depending on who you support, the list of appropriate superlatives for the last 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge is endless.
Ridiculous might just be the best of the lot, though. Jose Mourinho's 77-game unbeaten home league run as Chelsea manager is over – and, barring another dramatic turn of events, so are his team's title hopes. The Portuguese stormed out of his post-match interview with Sky Sports, while assistant Rui Faria was sent to the stands for a foul-mouthed tirade at referee Mike Dean. "Congratulations to Mike Riley and Mike Dean for making the league what it is," spat Mourinho post-match. This was a grey day at the Bridge.
Sunderland's incredible victory in west London – sealed by Liverpool loanee Fabio Borini, the former Chelsea forward who didn't make the grade with the Blues – is comfortably the most shattering of the Premier League season so far. Not only does it mean Liverpool can storm five points clear with a win over Norwich at Carrow Road on Sunday, it's also the greatest (and perhaps only) sign yet that Sunderland can stay up this season.
The league title might be heading closer to Anfield on a weekly basis, but the battle to beat the drop has just got exciting again. Sunderland remain bottom of the league on 29 points, but Gus Poyet's triumphant Black Cats are just a point behind Cardiff and Fulham, and three off crumbling Norwich with a game in hand. That happens to be against West Brom on May 7. Next weekend they host Cardiff at the Stadium of Light.
Chelsea controlled this game: their total of 172 final-third passes was only 30 fewer than Sunderland managed altogether, and four times more than the visitors completed in the same category. It saw them fire 31 shots at Sunderland's goal, 15 of which were on target, although only a few truly tested Vito Mannone. Connor Wickham netted his third goal in two games, after his brace pegged back Man City in midweek, just six minutes after Samuel Eto'o had given Chelsea the lead.
Sunderland batted away (almost) everything the Blues threw at them after half-time, as Mourinho's men set up camp in the final third. The Black Cats pummelled away 46 clearances over the 90 minutes, and stemmed the flow of Chelsea attacks with a string of niggly fouls in safe areas. By full-time they'd done plenty to turn the atmosphere green at Stamford Bridge. The smog may take some time to clear.