Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be without Brazilian duo David Luiz and Oscar for the Blues' Premier League clash at Sunderland
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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has tipped Chelsea to mount a serious Premier League title bid under Jose Mourinho and described their second-half performance against Southampton on Sunday as "mental."
Asked about Chelsea's chances of winning the league, Poyet said:
– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
Yes, no doubt about it.
They are different, they are stronger. The reaction at the weekend at half-time was all about the mentality of the team more than even the play or the technique or the ability.
It was mental. It was a completely different team in the second half. I am sure there was a unique half-time team-talk in the dressing room or wherever it happened. It was a complete turn-around.
I know him [Mourinho] and I admire him a lot. He's a different-class person and manager. I know him in football ways and as a person and I am looking forward to seeing him before the game.
Me to 5under1and? Somehow I just don't think so. I value the time I spent at NUFC.
Not sure were the rumour came from. But as usually its nonsense.
I value the relationship I have with the toon army to this day. I could never play for the Mackems. It wouldn't be right.
Manager Gus Poyet revealed he deployed a calculated formula to aid struggling Sunderland's search for goals on their travels and it almost paid off at Aston Villa.
– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.
I want to tell you a secret about this game.
I played every single player who has scored for us this season in the Premier League, every single one.
If you think about who has scored for Sunderland in previous games - Fletcher, Borini, Giaccherini, Gardner, Bardsley - the rest, nobody has scored. Every single one who has scored at least one goal was on the pitch.
So we are looking for goals, I can promise you that.
The formation maybe surprised a few but there was a reason behind it, there's always a reason, right or wrong, and it nearly worked.
Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Dossena, Brown, O'Shea (c), Ki, Gardner, Larsson, Borini, Giaccherini, Fletcher.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has backed Lee Cattermole to keep a lid on his temper and play a crucial role in leading his club out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Cattermole is in line to return to the Black Cats line-up at Aston Villa on Saturday after completing a three-game suspension following his red card at Hull.
– Sunderland manager Lee Catermole
I need to make sure Lee knows he is important to the team, and Lee needs to make sure he keeps his cool a little bit better.
He's an important player - he's a leader, he's strong and he doesn't accept defeat - and sometimes you need those kinds of characters.