The Guardian, Louise Taylor: “Frank Lampard is widely regarded as the complete midfielder but he was given a run for his money by an unlikely team-mate tonight. Stationed unusually deep, the imperious Nicolas Anelka inspired an important Chelsea win courtesy of a stream of sublime passes complemented by the odd incisive tackle and a deft late goal. After a deceptively bright start Sunderland ultimately floundered in the face of Anelka’s strength and attacking vision and Carlo Ancelotti’s team, initially wobbly in defence, gained a measure of revenge for their 3-0 humiliation against Steve Bruce’s players at Stamford Bridge last autumn.”
Daily Telegraph, Rob Stewart: “He may have been hundreds of miles away back in London but the Fernando Torres effect was already clearly in evidence here at the Stadium of Light. Defensively Chelsea might look shaky but in taking their tally of goals in 10 in three Premier League games, Carlo Ancelotti’s forwards provided evidence that Torres has had a galvanising effect on Stamford Bridge after being on the payroll for less than 24 hours.”
Official Chelsea FC Website: “Chelsea recorded back to back away league wins for the first time since the opening month of the season as confident attacking play avenged November’s big home loss to Sunderland. Carlo Ancelotti’s side weren’t perfect at the back in the first half and went a goal behind early on but unlike after a similar set-back at Wolves last month, this time the team had packed their shooting boots and were very good value for the three points, especially in a commanding second-half.”
“We played very well and created a lot of chances. It was a very good performance. With Fernando Torres here now we are more competitive. His and David Luiz’s arrival has made the rest of the squad more optimistic.
“Manchester United won tonight and are on a run but our aim is to do our best.
“We won both games away against Bolton and against Sunderland, so we have a lot of possibility to do our best until the end.
“I don’t know if it is enough to come back to fight for the title. This doesn’t depend on us. If Manchester United continue to run it is difficult to close the gap.”