Posted on: Sat 24 Oct 2009

Today saw the definition of an emphatic win played out at Stamford Bridge and Carlo Ancelotti insists it was a pleasure to watch his side play.

There were two returns at the Bridge as well, with Joe Cole securing his first Barclays Premier League start of the campaign while Paulo Ferreira returned to league action as a second half substitute, his 100th league appearance in a Chelsea shirt.

And there was also a debut as Jeffrey Bruma replaced Ricardo Carvalho for his first match, but out of all three, there was one who stood out for Ancelotti.

'I was impressed by Joe Cole, I know he works very hard and is a great professional,' said our Italian manager. 'After eight months it is not easy to play how Joe played today.

'I am happy for him and also happy for us because Joe is a great player. He is fantastic in midfield, he is a genius and he played very well.'

Following defeat in our last League outing, today's comeback obviously pleased the Champions League-winning manager, especially as we defended well against set pieces.

'After defeat against Aston Villa we had a good solution to set plays because we have a strong defence.

'We also scored four goals in the last game,' explained Ancelotti, speaking of our midweek win over Atletico Madrid. 'This is important; it shows we improved very quickly and well. We played very well in our other game.

'And I also liked this game very much because we played very well. It was a pleasure to see this team play today.'

However, it wasn't such a happy occasion for one man.

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce was forced to watch his side crumple under the pressure of conceding a second goal only minutes into the second half.

After a sturdy performance in the first, which was helped by Chelsea's lack of clinical finishing, Allardyce was disappointed with the way his side reacted in the second period of the game.

'The second half was pathetic,' exclaimed Allardyce. 'I didn't see that coming, I felt we had set our stall out to frustrate Chelsea and it worked very well in the first half.

'Then it went pathetically wrong, all our tactics went out the window when the second goal went in.

'I am bitterly disappointed with the players' lack of understanding when the goals went in.

'Chelsea took advantage of everything they were given and there were some great goals.'

Ancelotti didn't necessarily agree with Allardyce's critical opinion. 'It is not easy to play against Chelsea when we put so much great quality on the pitch. Blackburn did what they could.'
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