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Fernando Torres was given a glimpse of Chelsea’s future, and it didn’t make for pleasant viewing for the out of sorts Spaniard.

Torres, without a Premier League goal since April, had a ringside seat from the substitute’s bench as the decision by Andre Villas Boas to discard the club’s £50m record signing was fully vindicated, Daniel Sturridge adding a sublime second goal as the visitors notched a seventh consecutive victory at the Stadium of Light against hosts who remain without a victory this season and who have now lost eight of their last nine games at home.

Chelsea rarely looked back once skipper John Terry had been afforded two bites at the cherry from a narrow angle to break the deadlock after 18 minutes as Sunderland collectively froze when a Juan Mata free-kick came off the post for Sturridge to pick out the unmarked England defender.

Nicolas Anelka came close to doubling the advantage, the Frenchman’s shot grazing the bar before the interval. Sunderland bookended the first-half with their two clearest openings, debutant forward Nicklas Bendtner heading wastefully wide from a Seb Larsson free-kick, before returning goalkeeper Petr Cech did well to beat out a shot from Stéphane Sessègnon.

Sturridge sealed victory shortly after the interval, outsmarting Wes Brown to meet a pass form Anelka, before cheekily backheeling the ball past advancing keeper Simon Mignolet. Torres eventually made it on with 15 minutes left, but Chelsea were merely going through the motions by that stage, conserving energy for more stern tests ahead.

Substitute Ji Dong-won swept home a Larsson cross in added time, Sunderland’s second goal of the campaign. It was scant consolation, insult added to injury after the somewhat surprising departure earlier in the day of Asamoah Gyan, the Ghana international joining the United Arab Emirates side Al Ain on loan for the rest of the season, barely 24 hours after beleaguered manager Steve Bruce had insisted the club’s record signing was staying put.

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