Chelsea fans back Jose as boo boys berate Cesc and Costa

Jose Mourinho may have gone but he was far from forgotten as Chelsea marked the end of an era with a 3-1 win over Sunderland.

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Guus Hiddink was in the stands having been confirmed as new interim boss but it was Mourinho, axed 48 hours earlier, who still managed to cast his shadow over Stamford Bridge as goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro and Oscar secured a routine victory for the fallen champions.

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Mourinho had chosen the morning of the match to reveal he is already looking for his next job, and the home crowd sung the former manager's name before kick-off, as well as after all three goals.

Instead it was certain players who bore the brunt of the fans' anger. One held a banner accusing 'The Three Rats'; Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, for getting Mourinho sacked while another read 'you let Jose down'.

Skipper John Terry had claimed player power had not played a part in the decision to displace Mourinho but Fabregas' and Costa's names were booed when they were read out prior to kick-off - Hazard only escaping the ire as he was absent through injury.

However, the names of Willian and John Terry received a positive reception from the crowd.

Both Fabregas and Costa also received hostile reactions when they were substituted during the second half.

Spain striker Coast has scored just three goals in 13 top-flight appearances so far this term, while Febregas, who topped the Premier League assist chart last season with 18, has laid on just two goals for his team-mates.

Meanwhile, Hiddink watched on alongside owner Roman Abramovich and former striker Didier Drogba, after his return to the club he led to FA Cup success in 2009 was rubber-stamped shortly before the game.



Chelsea fullback Branislav Ivanovic said he empathised with the club's fans after sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd voiced their displeasure at the recent performances of some players.

"I can understand the frustration of the fans. This is normal," Ivanovic told Sky Sports.

"I think we all know what Jose Mourinho means for this club and nobody can change or speak about that.

"For us it was a very emotional day, but I think we have the support of everyone in the club.

"This club is not deserving to be in the position where we are now, but the only way to change this is we have to win the games, we have to get the points and to go out of this situation very strong.

"This club is all of us and this club cannot be in the position where we are now.

"I think we all deserve to be criticised and we all have responsibility. 

"In football, it's all about the players and how they are on the pitch. Another thing is the relationship between the manager and players, but the players put Chelsea in this position and the only [people who can] change this position are the players.

"I think we have to work very, very hard to put this club back to the position where it deserves to be."


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Published 20 December 2015 at 6:55am
Source: PA Sport