There are few things tastier than opposition tears, and Chelsea tears just might be my favourite. With Liverpool set to face the Londoners in the capital just two days after the Reds' Boxing Day visit to Manchester City, the club can surely benefit from any chips or cracks appearing in the Chelsea armour. Liverpool loanees Oussama Assaidi and Fabio Borini may first and foremost be trying to make a name for themselves at their host clubs, but it doesn't hurt that two big moments for both players have come at the expense of the Blues.
In the likely event that you missed the Stoke City vs Chelsea match the weekend before last, Oussama Assaidi was the hero on the day for the Potters. Tied 2-2 as Assaidi was subbed on to the match in the 83rd minute, it only took six minutes for the loanee to find the back of the next with a wonder strike from outside the box. Since opening the scoring against Birmingham in the league cup at the end of October, Assaidi has had trouble staking a claim in the regular starting eleven. His last minute moment of heroism against Chelsea seemed to be enough to win him two additional starts since then.
It was Sunderland's turn to face Chelsea yesterday in the League Cup, and like his fellow loanee, Fabio Borini's substitute appearance in the 73rd minute proved to be a game changer. Up by one after an unfortunate own goal by Lee Cattermole, Chelsea held the lead until Borini slotted one home with two minutes left in regular time, forcing the match into extra time. Sunderland once again left it to the last minute when Ki Sung-Yueng finally scored the winner in the 118th minute.