The Blues came from a goal down to beat Paolo Di Canio’s Black Cats to claim all three points which has seen them move up into third place ahead of Tottenham on goal difference in the Barclays Premier League and the West Londoners also have a game in hand over their rivals.
Things are looking up for Chelsea, who are currently in the driving seat when it comes to finishing in the Champions League places, they’re in the FA Cup semi-final and have one foot in the Europa League semi-final after a 3-1 victory against Rubin Kazan on Thursday with the second leg to take place in Russia during the week. Yet the press painted everything so bleakly just a week ago.
It was at this time Benitez decided to aim a barb at the press, he told Sky Sports:
“Two or three days before it was a crisis, two hours before the game it was the end of the world. Now we are in the top three again.
“The media, you are too quick, too fast, everything is going too fast. We have to settle down and analyse things and have more relaxation when you do your analysis.”
It is something that Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal have had to endure since the winter and both the Blues and Gunners have been labelled a crisis club this season, whilst Spurs are being spoken about as such because they’re suffering a few injuries and have distractions in Europe.
This method of reporting events generally leads to sensationalism and panic amongst fans too. After last weekend’s defeat at St Mary’s against Southampton you would have been forgiven for thinking that it was the end of the world judging by the reaction of some fans on Twitter, Facebook, forums, down the pub etc.
In reality the race for 3rd and 4th will likely go to the wire and I believe Chelsea have the most quality and guts for the fight, even though we have a tough run of fixtures on paper.