GUS POYET admits his former club Chelsea are on the verge of boasting the “perfect team”.
Sunderland have the opportunity to take Chelsea’s unbeaten scalp at the Stadium of Light tomorrow tea-time, yet head coach Poyet is well aware of the magnitude of that task against a side who have dropped just four Premier League points all season.
The summer captures of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have provided the catalyst for a rampant start to the season from Jose Mourinho’s men, who romped to a 5-0 Champions League victory at Schalke in midweek.
Poyet, who spent four years as a player at Stamford Bridge, is full of admiration for the Premier League leaders.
“It’s close to being the perfect team,” said Poyet.
“Jose said the game against Schalke the other day was close to the perfect game.
“When you get close to perfection, you’re reaching your maximum.
“They defend well, they’re difficult to attack because they’ve got experience, they are organised, strength, pace and read the game well.
“On top of that, they know how to play the game depending on the result.
“Then players coming from the bench are desperate to take that 20 minutes and show they have to play.
“That’s why they are unbeaten.
“They were quite good last year and the work they’ve done in the summer – especially the two main players – have made Chelsea a different team.
“Fabregas and Costa have been so influential in the games that they’ve made this team unbeatable so far.”
However, while Poyet is wholesome in his praise for Chelsea, he has masterminded two successive victories over Mourinho’s side – in the League Cup and Premier League last season – and says his players have to possess the belief that they can do similar tomorrow.
“It’s a game we need to play without fear,” he added.
“We need to use our fans for us and make it a special day.
“That won’t affect Chelsea, but it can influence our game when we’re going forwards.
“We need to be very good and hope we can do certain things that Chelsea won’t expect.
“To go the kind of games they’ve gone so far unbeaten is already a big achievement.
“But every game for Chelsea from now on until they lose – if they lose – is going to be an opportunity for everyone.
“Now it’s our turn to have the chance to be the first team to beat them. If we don’t do it, it will go on and on.
“The problem is they’re good!”