Until this weekend the African Cup of Nations非洲杯（又称非洲国家杯）tournament had been seen as a possible lifeline救命草for the teams that are trailing Chelsea in the Premier League.
在本周末之前，非洲国家杯（African Cup of Nations）锦标赛一直被视为英超落后切尔西的球队可能的生命线。
With a number of Chelsea's star players away on international duty国际赛事职责,teams like Manchester United and Arsenal were hoping that Chelsea would slip up输掉比赛.
But there was no such luck for Fergie and Wenger.
There's no getting away from it,we have had our backsides well and truly kicked.
Steve Bruce,Sunderland manager
Chelsea proved that they are still the team to beat by pummelling连击Sunderland 7-2 on Saturday.
Five Chelsea players scored goals,dispelling the myth消除神话that the team are dependent on their in-form striker Didier Drogba who is representing the Ivory Coast象牙海岸in the African competition.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was under no illusions不抱任何幻想about the game's result.
"There's no getting away from it,we have had our backsides臀部well and truly kicked,"said Bruce.
This phrase means that his team were beaten badly.
But football is all about recovering from bad results and Bruce spoke of the necessity to get over恢复，把…忘掉the defeat.
Now we have a chance to fight for it[the Premier title]so let's have a go.
Arsene Wenger,Arsenal manager
"We can only hope that we pick ourselves up,dust ourselves down,and respond,"said the Sunderland manager.
The phrase to pick yourself up and dust yourself down means to put bad news behind you and move forward in a positive manner.
The Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti,on the other hand,was delighted with the win and warned other managers to expect more of the same.
"This is how we should continue to play from now until the end of the campaign,"said Ancelotti.
One manager who will not be fazed使烦扰by Chelsea's performance is the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger,whose team beat Bolton 2-0 on Sunday.
Arsenal can go to the top of the league on Wednesday if they win their next game by two goals or more.
It is a remarkable comeback东山再起for a team whose league chances were written off排除by many commentators in November.
"We are in a quite interesting position where nobody expected us to be,"said Wenger after Sunday’s match.
"Now we have a chance to fight for it so let's have a go."