Wednesday, 2nd February 2011 

Chelsea had to battle hard to beat Sunderland last night, eventually emerging as 4-2 winners at the Stadium of Light, a win which gives Carlo Ancelotti hope that his side might not yet be out of the title race.

Sunderland raced into the lead through Phil Bardsley in just the fourth minute, before Ahmed Elmohanmady fouled Ashley Cole in the penalty box, giving Frank Lampard the chance to level matters from the spot, which he did with relish. Saloman Kalou then gave Chelsea the lead, before Sunderland bit back with a Kieran Richardson free kick.

However, John Terry gave Chelsea a 3-2 lead, before Nicolas Anelka scored a fourth in injury time. And Ancelotti was delighted, hoping that now his side will go on a run and refusing to rule out a late title push.

"We won both games away against Bolton and against Sunderland, so we have a lot of possibility to do our best until the end.

"I don’t know if it’s enough to come back and fight for the title", the Italian admitted. "This doesn’t depend on us. If Manchester United continue to run it is difficult to close the gap."

Chelsea face a crucial test at home to Liverpool on Sunday as they bid to keep their winning run on track. New £50M signing Fernando Torres is expected to make his debut against his former club.


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