Did not always command his box and some of his positioning was mixed but had little to do in terms of reflex saves as Sunderland's best chances went wide.
Provided some fine deliveries from the right but some of his defending was haphazard, including the air kick which nearly allowed McLean to score.
Typically erratic but enthralling display by the Brazilian, who is the player most at risk, with Cahill's arrival imminent. Booked after seven minutes for a wild challenge but did not stop him surging forward at every opportunity. Grew in authority as the game wore on.
Had his work cut out against Sessegnon and Bendtner but made some important interceptions and was commanding in the air.
Uncharacteristically shaky early on but settled down to provide typical pugnaciousness. Fortunate not to concede a penalty when he clattered into Bendtner in the second half.
Was in the right place at the right time to bundle the Torres rebound over the line for his ninth league goal of the season but faded after the break and did not complete the match. Got a warm ovation when he was subbed for fit-again Essien with 17 minutes left.
Lively, energetic display on the right of Chelsea's five-man midfield.
A mix of the good and the bad. Spiky and energetic but some of his distribution was poor and wasted an excellent late chance to double Chelsea's advantage.
Sensibly screened the back four and tidy in possession without trying to do anything too flashy.
Inventive, quick-witted display by the Spaniard, who was ostensibly on the left side of midfield but roamed effectively in support of Torres and created the goal with his fine cross to his countryman from the right.
Everything but the goal for the striker, as he showed signs that his struggles may be behind him. Set up the goal with a fabulously athletic scissor kick, denied two strong penalty appeals in the second half and caused havoc whenever he had the ball.
Looked unconvincing at times but made some fine reflex saves, including an acrobatic late one from Meireles' dipping shot.
Centre-back made some good blocks before being stretchered off shortly before half-time after sinking to the turf following an innocuous-looking duel with Torres.
Just about kept his head above water in central defence and led the back line well but fortunate not to concede a penalty when he obstructed Torres on the edge of the box.
Made some meaty challenges in a purely defensive role but extremely fortunate not to concede a second-half penalty when he brought down Torres inside the box.
Missed a great chance to equalise in the 63rd minute when he miscued Larsson's pinpoint cross but deserves credit for his positivity and swinging over some fine crosses from the left flank in the last 15 minutes.
Had some nice touches but the game passed him by at times. Was subbed with 20 minutes left.
His pace and trickery caused Chelsea problems all afternoon, both in the centre and when he moved out to the right flank late on.
Far more involved in the second half as he got forward down the left flank in search of an equaliser. Withdrawn with 10 minutes left.
Combative and precise in equal measure. His superb run and cross in the second half deserved to result in an equaliser. Played at right-back for the last 10 minutes.
Could have been sent off for clattering David Luiz in the first half and then booked in the second for hauling down Lampard in a brainless display. Never stopped getting in the faces of his opponents.
His first touch veered from the poor to terrible at times but had enough presence of mind to cause the odd problem and was within inches of scoring from a tight angle in the first half and, again, in added time.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 27 S. Hutchinson
- 34 R. Bertrand
Got a warm hand when he came off the bench for his first appearance of the season, immediately getting back into the old routine alongside Romeu in central midfied. Nearly scored a fairytale goal with 10 minutes left.
Replaced Mata on Chelsea's left flank late on.
- 18 R. Lukaku
- 23 D. Sturridge
- 20 K. Westwood
Troubled by the pace and trickery of Torres and company after replacing Kilgallon shortly before the break.
- 27 Ahmed El Mohamady
Brought energy and an edge to the Sunderland midfield after replacing Vaughan.
- 18 D. Meyler
Did not get an opportunity to score the equaliser after joining Bentdner up front for the last 10 minutes.
- 17 Dong-Won Ji