Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is a summer transfer target for West Ham, Hull City and Genoa, according to reports. The Italy international was a surprise signing from Serie A champions Juventus last summmer, but has failed to hold down a regular starting spot for the Black Cats, particularly since Gus Poyet was appointed manager.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Starting 11 player to first team player to U-21 squad player. Jozy Altidore came into the 2013-2014 Premier League season with high hopes. He had signed a new contract with Sunderland and was coming off a 31-goal season with AZ Alkmaar. Altidore was returning to the Premier League to make amends for his lackluster season with Hull City in the 2009-2010 campaign.
Four years ago, Connor Wickham won the Golden Ball as the best player in the 2010 UEFA U-17 Championship. The striker followed that up with an outstanding year at Ipswich Town, and earned himself a £7.4million transfer to Premier League side Sunderland at the ripe age of 18.
Seemingly, Wickham had the world at his feet and would be the next great English striker.
Chelsea headed into the game yesterday against Sunderland knowing that a win would take us top of the league and would have put real pressure on Liverpool. The complete opposite happened as Sunderland won 2-1, Jose Mourinho's home record is over and earlier this afternoon, Liverpool have beaten Norwich to take a five point lead with three games to go in the title race.
Chelsea suffered a major blow to the team's chances of winning the Premier League today after they lost 2-1 to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The loss for Jose Mourinho was his first defeat in the Premier League in a game played at Stamford Bridge since 2004, snapping a 77-match unbeaten league record.
Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland: Three key observations as the Blues throw it all away - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea's assistant coach Rui Faira became the personification of every Blues fan's raging emotions when he completely lost it right after Sunderland's winning penalty at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
Chelsea player ratings against Sunderland Ramires poor, Matic brilliant - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sunderland dealt a massive blow to Chelsea's Premier League title hopes as the Black Cats grabbed a shock 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in the late kickoff encounter on Saturday. Samuel Eto'o had earlier given the home side an early lead before Connor Wickham pounced on a Mark Schwarzer to restore parity.
This evening, Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea team have a chance to put huge pressure on Liverpool by beating Sunderland and moving top of the Premier League by a single point before Liverpool face Norwich tomorrow. Sunderland is as big as any other game we have played this season.
Take our title challenge that looked like being over with defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, take Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record in the Premier League and take current form into consideration and you would have this down on paper as a Chelsea win.
Make no mistake, the game against Sunderland tomorrow is as big as any we have played this season. I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this to pick the Chelsea eleven to face Sunderland.
Now we have some things to consider before you reach your verdict. Branislav Ivanovic is suspended for the first leg against Atletico Madrid and as we know by now, Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are both ineligible having already played for Basel and Benfica in the Champions League this season.
Sunderland looked doomed before last night's game at the Etihad Stadium and were 7 points from safety with only six games to play, and other sides fighting relegation Fulham and Cardiff had also won their games over the weekend. Connor Whickham - after scoring second goal last night And it looked ominous when [.
Manchester City's title hopes are all but over after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland on Wednesday, while Everton's Champions League dreams hand by a thread after they lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.
City's title hopes were dealt a serious blow on Sunday, when they lost 3-2 at league leaders Liverpool.
Sunderland are in real difficulties, and if they get nothing out of their game tonight at Manchester City, then it's very much looking like they will be relegated, because with just five games to go, they will still be 7 points from safety, and they then travel to Chelsea on Saturday. Gus Poyet unable [.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has always been open about his ambition to upset the odds and take the club into top four. Last week's win against Arsenal put the Toffees' Champions League qualification destiny back in their hands. They visit a Sunderland side that also need to win this game if they are to stay [.
Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland Premier League 19th April 2014
What a dramatic game this was, with Fabio Borini, a former Chelsea youth player who is currently on loan from Liverpool netting the winner for Sunderland. That decisive goal, which saw Jose Mourinho suffer his first league defeat at Stamford Bridge ever came after a rather soft penalty decision, with Jozy Altidore standing on Cesar Azpilicueta's foot rather than the other way around.
Jose Mourinho lost his first ever Premier League home game as Chelsea manager as Sunderland stunned them 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, however it was Assistant manager Rui Faria who lost it following Sunderland taking the lead as he went bald headed at referee Mike Dean who failed to give Chelsea an first-half penalty while also letting Ramires away with an elbow to the face of Sebatian Larsson who had fouled him in the area.
Sunderland 0-1 Everton Premier League 12th April 2014
Everton leapfrogged Arsenal into into the top four on Saturday, courtesy of a rather less-than-impressive win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Toffees struggled to click into gear against a Black Cats side fighting for their Premier League lives, with Steven Naismith missing a glorious chance early on.
Okay, so it's not an elbow in the truest sense, but Ramires was unarguably an extremely lucky, lucky boy as he managed to avoid any punishment for openly clouting Sunderland's Seb Larsson in the face during Chelsea's 1-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge this evening.
How costly could Vito Mannone's blunder on Wednesday night be to Sunderland? Actually, probably not much as I doubt they'll get within two points of safety anyway. Still, it was quite the howler to give Man City a share of the points, made all the more painful by the Italians attempts to get back and stop the ball rolling into his net.
The Chelsea Supporters Trust, in association with cfcuk fanzine, is pleased to announce that the Safe Standing Roadshow will be present in the Fulham Road both before and after the Sunderland home game on Saturday 19th April.
Organised by Jon Darch from the Football Supporters' Federation, the Safe Standing Roadshow will enable Chelsea supporters to see "rail seating" up close and in person.