Carlo rues ‘bad day’ for Blues

Ancelotti labelled their 3-0 defeat as the worst in his time at the

club. It was Chelsea’s first defeat at home since last March, their

heaviest loss at Stamford Bridge since a 3-0 defeat to Manchester

United in 2002 and the worst against a non top-four side since

1995. Chelsea, who sacked assistant Ray Wilkins in midweek, were

outplayed and outfought by a Sunderland side who won comfortably

with goals from Nedum Onuoha, Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck. The

Blues were without injured captain John Terry and Alex in the

centre of defence, and Sunderland exposed the failings of

replacements Paulo Ferreira and Branislav Ivanovic with ease. “We

have to have a meeting about this on Thursday when they come back

from the international break to look at what happened today,”

Ancelotti said. “I think this was the worst performance since I’ve

been here. The performance was poor today, but in football it can

happen if you’re not at your best and don’t play with your best

mentality. “All the things were wrong. We didn’t play how we wanted

to, Sunderland showed fantastic spirit and played better. “We were

not able to come back into the game. It was a bad day. We were not

able to play our football for 90 minutes, just 15 minutes in the

first half.” Terry has been carrying a recurring back problem for

12 games, but despite his absence and that of Alex and the

suspended Michael Essien, Ancelotti remains confident that his

squad is strong enough. He said: “Sometimes we’ve had some players

out in the past, some important players, and the team’s played

well. Today was different. We were not able to play our football.

“I think the squad is strong enough. We maintain our position at

the top of the table. We’re not happy today because, above all, at

home we have to play with a different mentality. I hope we come

back early and in the right way.” Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was

full of praise for his players for producing a result which ranks

among the best of the season. “It’s not often you beat this lot 3-0

in their backyard,” Bruce said. “It won’t happen very often again.

We really took it to them. “The players have been fantastic over

the last two weeks and I’m very proud of the performance. “People

are so frightened coming here and no one wants to get humiliated,

so we thought we’d give it a go. “But you still need the players to

perform, like Welbeck, at 19, who was terrific. “All round, they

all produced a fantastic performance. I hope people talk about

Sunderland rather than Chelsea’s poor performance. It’s not a

fluke.” Bruce’s side have produced an astonishing turnaround since

they lost 5-1 to neighbours Newcastle a couple of weeks ago. “I’ll

never get rid of it totally,” Bruce added. “It’s there on the CV.

You’re looking to try and respond and thankfully the players have

done. They’ve rolled up their sleeves and turned it round.”