Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa booed by Chelsea fans as names are read out before Sunderland victory

Eden Hazard was not among the names to be read

The names of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were loudly booed when read out by the Chelsea stadium announcer at Stamford Bridge.

The two players, along with Eden Hazard who is not in the squad after injurying his hip against Leicester City, are largely seen by the Chelsea supporters as the men responsible for costing Jose Mourinho his job.

The Portuguese manager was sacked on Thrsday afternoon with the Blues just a point above the relegation zone after 16 matches in charge.

Fabregas and Costa have been two of Chelsea's worst players this season, with fans believing that the two, and Hazard, have been actively playing badly in an, ultimately successful attempt, to get Mourinho out of the job. The trio were called 'the three rats' in one banner'

As their names were read out, the pair were loudly booed - Willian, seen as Chelsea's best player this season was cheered.

Fabregas, one of only three players with John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta, to publicly thank Mourinho was even moved to answer a comment from BBC pundit Pat Nevin, who had accused him of being someone that would 'rather lose than win' for Mourinho.

A representative of the Spaniard said that was 'not true'.

Hazard, Costa and Fabregas are not popular at the moment
A banner in support of Jose Mourinho
Chelsea fans turned up with banners and placards

Dozens of Chelsea fans turned up at Stamford Bridge for the match against Sunderland with homemade placards and banners.

Chelsea fans sang 'stand up for the Special One' in the early minutes of the game and the manager's name was a constant noise throughout the game.

After each of Chelsea's goals, the fans sang 'where were you when you were s***?'

Both Fabregas and Costa were taken off by coach Steve Holland before the end, where they were again booed by the home fans, although there was some applause from sections of the crowd.

Chelsea won the match 3-1.

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