Jose Mourinho will not be repeating the success of his first season in his first spell as Chelsea manager, as the Blues lost the League Cup quarter final with Sunderland after extra time at the Stadium of Light.
The visitors dominated the majority of the ninety minutes, and took the lead when Lee Cattermole turned into his own net just after the break.
Former Chelsea forward Fabio Borini then drew the hosts level late on to send the game into extra time, and with the tie heading towards a penalty shoot-out, Ki Sung Yueng thumped in the winner for Gus Poyet’s men.
The Blues will now turn their attention to Monday evening’s clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal, where victory will see them top the table for Christmas, should Liverpool fail to beat Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.
Last night’s result has led to Mourinho claiming that he may rethink his attacking approach, while he may still add another striker when the transfer window reopens next month.
The Metro understands that Porto’s Jackson Martinez and Christian Benteke of Aston Villa are both options as his current front line continue to struggle.
Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Andre Schurrle and Samuel Eto’o have just sixteen goals between them in all competitions this season.
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Samuel Eto’o is out of Chelsea’s clash with Southampton on Sunday afternoon after picking up a groin injury in Tuesday evening’s Champions League defeat to Basel.
The Cameroon international, who is set to miss the next two weeks, could be replaced by Fernando Torres, who returned from his abductor injury midweek.
David Luiz is doubtful as he struggles to shake of a knee injury, while Marco van Ginkel is out for the majority of the season with a knee injury.
Victory could see Jose Mourinho’s men close the gap on leaders Arsenal, depending on their result against Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile second place Liverpool, who are level on points with the Blues, travel to Hull City on Sunday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Mourinnho has taken a swipe at Romelu Lukaku, with many still questioning why he was again allowed to go out on loan this season, the Mail Online understands.
Following a successful season-long stint at West Bromwich Albion last year, the Belgium international moved to Everton for the season on transfer deadline day.
With Chelsea’s current set of forwards largely misfiring, journalists and fans alike have been rueing the clubs decision to temporarily part company with the 20 year old, but the Blues boss has said it is for the player to reveal the reason why.
Jose Mourinho will return to the dugout for Sunday afternoons Premier League clash with Manchester City, the Daily Star understands.
The Blues boss escaped a touchline ban following his behaviour against Cardiff City last time out, which saw him sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor though he was fined £8,000 after admitting an improper conduct charge.
Ashley Cole is likely to be available for the match after recovering from a rib injury, so long-term absentee Marco Van Ginkel is the only player not in contention.
Mourinho must decide whether to recall Samuel Eto’o, or keep faith with Fernando Torres, after the Spain international bagged a brace against Schalke midweek.
The Blues will reclaim top spot in the division if they win and Arsenal fail to beat Crystal Palace tomorrow lunchtime.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are preparing a £12m bid for Blues target Wesley Sneijder, according to the Express.
Earlier this month, Netherlands coach Luis Van Gaal urged the Galatasary midfielder to switch to Stamford Bridge for the sake of his international career.
However, it is United, who have long been linked with the 29 year old, who are considering an offer as they look to strengthen their midfield options.
Chelsea have moved up to second in the Premier League after coming from behind to beat Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors took the lead on ten minutes through Jordan Mutch, only for Eden Hazard to score a controversial equaliser shortly after the half-hour mark.
According to FIFA’s rules, the goal should not have stood as Cardiff keeper David Marshall was ‘still in possession of the ball’ when Samuel Eto’o stole in to assist the Belgium international.
Eto’o himself put the hosts in front on sixty-six minutes with his first goal for the club before Oscar and a second from Hazard put the result beyond doubt.
Manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands with twenty minutes left to play for persistently leaving his technical area.
The Blues host Manchester City in their next league game on Sunday afternoon, but first travel to Germany to face Schalke in their third Champions League group game tomorrow evening.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are one of three Premier League clubs to be linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The France international has scored 91 goals in 193 appearances for Real since signing from Lyon in 2009.
Chelsea will be without Ashley Cole and Fernando Torres for tomorrow afternoon’s visit of Cardiff City.
Cole hasn’t been able to shake of the rib injury that kept him out of England’s two recent World Cup qualifiers , while Torres remains absent from training after straining knee ligaments.
Germany forward Andre Schurrle may be handed a start after impressing for Germany in their wins against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech will make his 300th Premier League appearance for the club, a feat previously achieved by John Terry and Frank Lampard.
The Blues will return to the top of the division if they better the results of Liverpool and Arsenal, while defeat could see them slip as far down as seventh place depending on other results.
This is the first league meeting between the sides in almost twenty years, though the Blues ran out 4-1 winners when they faced each other in a FA Cup match back in 2010.
Cardiff currently sit in fourteenth place having lost two of their last three games.
Their preparation for the game has been overshadowed by the departure of the clubs Head of Recruitment Ian Moody earlier in the week.
Two goals in the last five minutes saw Chelsea beat Norwich City at Carrow Road yesterday, and record their first away win of the season.
Oscar gave the Blues an early lead before Anthony Pilkington equalised on sixty-eight minutes.
Substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian then got on the score-sheet in the 85th and 86th minute respectively to secure victory.
Senegal international Demba Ba made just his second start of the season, and was impressive before eventually being replaced by Samuel Eto’o.
However, the win was somewhat marred after Ashley Cole was substituted with a rib injury with fifteen minutes left to play.
The left-back is now doubtful for England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro.
If the 32 year old does feature, he will draw level with Sir Bobby Charlton on 106 international caps, as will captain Steven Gerrard, while if both players play in both games, they will be just one appearance behind World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.
Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard were also selected in Roy Hodgson’s squad, which was announced on Friday afternoon.
If Lampard finds the net, he will move level with Nat Lofthouse, Tom Finney and Alan Shearer on thirty international goals.