Chelsea’s Essien warns Sunderland ace Gyan

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ASAMOAH Gyan is braced for a revenge mission from Chelsea tonight after getting the inside track from Ghana team-mate Michael Essien.

Gyan scored Sunderland’s second in November’s 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge to spark a six-game winless run for the reigning Premier Division champions.

Chelsea have never recovered with Carlo Ancelotti’s men 10 points behind league leaders Manchester United ahead of tonight’s trip to the Stadium of Light.

Essien was suspended that day but spoke to Sunderland’s record signing Gyan last week to warn the Black Cats striker that Chelsea are desperate to avenge the defeat.

Gyan said: “I know Michael well and when we spoke on the phone the other day, he said ‘we’re coming for you guys!’.

“They are coming for the kill!

“We know we will be their main target because we are the only team to have beaten them at home – and it was by a wide margin, which was a shock to everybody.

“They will be looking for revenge.

“That’s normal – we beat them and so they want to do the same to us.

“It won’t be easy, but we are playing at home and we are very strong at the Stadium of Light.

“We have to watch out because the Chelsea that is coming here tonight is not the same one that we beat in November. They look more like their normal selves now.”

Sunderland are just four points behind fourth placed Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League spot, after taking 10 points from their last four games.

“Everything seems to be working out well for us at the moment,” said Gyan.

“We are very happy with our performances and where we are in the table, but we have to keep on working hard and make sure we continue winning games.

“We beat Blackpool 2-1 in our last game and we want to build on that.”

Gyan will have a new team-mate tonight with £6million acquisition Stephane Sessegnon expected to be on the bench for Steve Bruce’s men.

Sessegnon can play as a second striker although the burden will still be on Gyan to spearhead Sunderland’s attack after the departure of fellow frontman Darren Bent and injuries to Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell.

The 26-year-old added: “With Darren leaving and the injuries, there’s a lot of pressure on me to score goals and to stay fit. But I don’t mind that pressure – I am fine with that.

“I have played as a lone striker many times so that is not a problem.

“And I know Sessegnon from playing against him when I was at Rennes in France. He’s a great player with good quality and technique – he is like Steed Malbranque.

“He can take people on and he creates a lot of chances.

“I know people in England might not have heard of him but in France he is a big star – everybody knows Sessegnon – and I’m sure he will be a success here at Sunderland.”