RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: SUNDERLAND V CHELSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Saturday's three-goal haul in the north-east that caught his eye…
1. At the time everyone was hopeful the win against Nordsjaelland would give the team some confidence if nothing else, and it looks like it may have done just that. Now everybody is talking about the main man Fernando Torres, scoring two more goals which is excellent. As good a time to play Sunderland as it was, he can now take that on and it was fabulous to see him stepping up and taking a penalty. With it being such a well-taken one too at such an important time in the game, you wonder why he hasn't taken them in the past. We also saw when gaining the penalty, Ramires getting forward again like we know he can but he has been more reluctant to do in that deeper role.
2. There were signs at Sunderland the ball is now coming to Torres when he gets in the right positions. When you are a centre-forward and you make your runs, you often make them based on the first touch by whoever is passing the ball to you. The players that play behind Torres have all got fantastic first touches but body shape and angle also determine when you make your run. He has been making the runs he has done all his career and it only works sporadically at times. If you are making them and the ball doesn't come you can get a little disillusioned with it. On Saturday there was evidence the ball is being poked forward quicker and we will see if that can be maintained in the games to come.
3. Victor Moses was given his third start in a row in a wide position. Oscar is the one mostly making way at the moment but I think he will still have a big part to play in this season. It wasn't Moses's best game against Sunderland but he is more natural as a wide player than other options and his game is more about positive running. He works hard defensively but his main aim is to get beyond defenders. He stretches defences and that creates space for the likes of Mata.
5. Sunderland had a lot of corners - 11 to Chelsea's 1. That is an aspect we might need to be carefully about as any team who gets a set-piece in the Premier League can score. However it also says something about the way Sunderland play. They field players like Adam Johnson and James McClean, who is an out-and-out winger. They go outside of full-backs and get crosses in and they would have done it even more had Steven Fletcher been playing. When a defender blocks crosses they often go out for a corner. Had we been playing a team like Arsenal who play through the middle then the corner count would probably be a lot different. Sunderland didn't really cause us too many problems with theirs.