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Chelsea the 'biggest challenge so far' for Sunderland

Gus Poyet says this weekend's game against Chelsea will be 'the biggest challenge so far' for Sunderland.

The Black Cats welcome Chelsea to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho's side sitting top of the Premier League and currently unbeaten in all competitions this season.

Chelsea beat German club Schalke 5-0 away in the UEFA Champions League last night, with a performance which Mourinho described as 'perfect'. Speaking ahead of Saturday's match, Poyet said:

Yes, I watched the game. It was impressive. Lets hope they are not perfect again [on Saturday].

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

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Poyet pleased for Leicester striker Ulloa

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says it's pleasing to see Leonardo Ulloa in the Premier League with Leicester City.

Poyet signed the Argentinean forward when he was manager at Brighton and says "we helped each other" when the pair were together on the South Coast.

Ulloa has made an impressive start to his Premier League career, scoring five goals in 11 games.

The 28-year-old will be re-united with his former manager when Leicester host Sunderland on Saturday.

Poyet reflects on 'tough day' for referee

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes Premier League referee Lee Mason had a 'tough day' during the club's 1-1 draw with Everton.

Several major talking points dominated the post-match discussion. Black Cats striker Connor Wickham could have been sent off after he brought down Seamus Coleman for a penalty, but Mason chose not to further penalise the England Under-21 forward.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard then later smothered the ball outside his area but Mason took no action against the American international.

Sunderland a 'dark' place before Palace win

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the club was in a 'dark' place before Monday's victory over Crystal Palace.

Prior to that 3-1 win at Selhurst Park, the Black Cats had suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats, including an 8-0 thrashing at Southampton.

But Poyet says it's been a 'different week' after that result.

Sunderland welcome Everton to the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Poyet to assess squad before making changes

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has hinted that he may not make wholesale changes to his team for Monday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

The Black Cats have lost their last two games and conceded ten goals in the process. A number of first-team players have come under criticism as a result.

But Poyet said he's waiting to see the reaction of his players this week before deciding on his starting XI:

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Poyet hails 'outstanding' Southampton

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has heaped praise on Southampton ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash at St Mary's Stadium.

The Saints sold five first-team players and replaced them with several others during the summer. Former manager Mauricio Pochettino also departed and was replaced by Ronald Koeman, leading to many pundits predicting that the club might struggle this season.

However, Southampton are 3rd in the Premier League table after winning four of their opening seven games.

Poyet delighted for 'leader' O'Shea

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is happy for John O'Shea after the Irishman had a good week for both club and country.

The 33-year-old scored a late equaliser in Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Germany on Tuesday night, before signing a new two-year contract extension with the Black Cats on Thursday.

Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Stoke this weekend, Poyet said he was 'delighted' for his captain.

Poyet aggrieved by N'Zonzi decision

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes Stoke midfielder Steven N'Zonzi should have been sent off during his side's League Cup exit against Stoke.

With the score level at 1-1, N'Zonzi appeared to grab Sunderland's Jack Rodwell by the throat after the two came together in a challenge. Referee Mike Dean showed yellow cards to both players but Poyet felt aggrieved that N'Zonzi wasn't sent off.

The Black Cats lost 2-1 on the night.

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