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Eden Hazard inspires Chelsea past Black Cats

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Frank Lampard said it best before the Sunderland match; it was important for Chelsea to get a streak of wins in the festive period in order to lower the gap between them and leaders Arsenal, which is what Chelsea successfully did last night with a 4-3 victory.

The Special One never lost a match while managing Chelsea in December, another statistic he and his "eggs" were determined to keep it as long as they could.

The Black Cats were seeking to preserve their 100% home record ever since former Chelsea player Gus Poyet took over from the sacked Di Canio, which is probably why they almost successfully pulled off an upset against the team from west London.

Juan Mata's fans were happy to see him start again after an outstanding performance at Stamford Bridge at the weekend against Southampton. The Blues - as expected - had much of the possession but didn't create much in-front of Vito Mannone's goal early.

A wake-up call sparked them into action, only this time, it wasn't after 14 seconds like the Saints managed did three days earlier - it was after 14 minutes.

Jozy Altidore impersonated Didier Drogba brilliantly as he received a misfired ball with his back to John Terry, turned and swept the ball past Petr Cech while the Chelsea captain was still left wondering what just happened in front of him.

Chelsea didn't take long to respond as one of their old guard stepped up again to rescue his boss and his teammates. You guessed it, Frank Lampard. He levelled the scoreline with one of the easiest headers he'll ever take after an amazing cross from Eden Hazard, who arguably played his best match of the season.

Hazard would later score two sublime goals and earn the Blues their third away win of the season. And yes, Mourinho still hasn't lost in December while managing Chelsea.

But what really struck most was the fighting spirit and determination the Sunderland players had, although they were clearly facing a more equipped side with solutions in every position on the field.

Poyet's 100% home record may have gone, but he promises to deliver some good performances and better results for the Sunderland faithful. With his experience as a former player and the young stars at his disposal - Altidore, Borini, Giaccherini, and Johnson to name a few - we should expect great things in the later stages of this season.

But that said, we said the same thing when Di Canio took over the Black Cats last season. Will the Uruguayan emulate the Italian's ending at the Stadium of Light? The next few weeks shall reveal everything.

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