|The Daily Mirror|
Chelsea gear up to face Sunderland in the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening, and the majority of the Blues faithful will reserve a special round of applause for the Black Cats boss, Gustavo Poyet.
The Uruguayan’s fantastic four-year contribution to the Chelsea cause as a devastating attacking midfielder is still recognized today, especially due to a special goal that shook the Premier league to its core, all those years ago.
It was the opening day of the season, August 17th 1999; and Chelsea were starting their campaign at Stamford Bridge against Peter Reid’s newly promoted Sunderland outfit. The Blues had brought in a host of star names over the summer, all within a pre-Abramovich budget, and the likes of French captain Didier Deschamps were making their eagerly anticipated debut.
Indeed it was Deschamps who set the ball rolling – rather soaring – for the start of what really is one of the very best Premier League goals of all time.