Villas-Boas will lead his team to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, to take on Sunderland. This season, Chelsea have not enjoyed a customary high-flying start - they have been slow, cautious, and even dysfunctional at times, but have taken 7 out of the available 9 points nonetheless. TheHardTackle previews the encounter.

It's been a busy first week for European football, with Mourinho winning the Nobel Prize for Medicine and David De Gea narrowly being spared the wrath of Ferguson's boot after United's most prolific scorer got them the winner.