Chelsea hand Wolves six of the best

Posted by Phil Lythell

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There's nothing like a handsome 6-0 win to satisfy the soul. It may have come in a Capital One Cup match against lower league opposition but it is still nothing to be sniffed at, even more so when it is accomplished with style.

The defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers in itself was not surprising but the starting eleven certainly was. Normally wholesale changes are the order of the day when this competition sidles its way into the fixture lost but instead Roberto Di Matteo used it to allow some players to gain some form. A strong line-up featuring John Terry, Fernando Torres, Gary Cahill, Juan Mata and Ramires took to the field alongside full debutants Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta and Lucas Piazon.

And the new boys each acquitted themselves with distinction. Lucas Piazon was instrumental in the construction of the second goal of the night – scored by Ryan Bertrand – and looked every inch the Brazilian forward, exhibiting clever movement on the edges of the penalty area and drawing free kicks from lustful challenges. Azpilicueta - a Scrabble player's wet dream – showed his excellent crossing ability and a desire to shoot at goal when the situation demands it. His defensive attributes will be tested against sterner opposition but he did everything that was asked of him today.

Moses came alive in the second half, winning a dubious penalty that was smartly converted by Oriol Romeu - of all people - before scoring himself with a header for goal number six. Marko Marin made his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt as a substitute and demonstrated excellent awareness by feeding Oscar in the build-up to Moses' strike and laying the ball into Torres' path for what should have been number seven.

Torres might have been culpable on that occasion but he had already scored with his head as well as linking beautifully for Mata's strike in the first half. The understanding between the two Spaniards was encouraging and it is to be hoped that it will be reproduced at the Emirates on Saturday. Mata in particular was sensational. A performance like this was exactly what he needed after a bitty start to the campaign. The little man was back to his magical best as he ran the game from the first whistle until his withdrawal in the second half and it bodes well for his compatriot, who has looked listless in recent weeks, that he has all three of his main providers in excellent form.

Wolves offered almost nothing with the only person drawing any attention from the 32,000 in Stamford Bridge being Stephen Hunt. His dangerous challenge on Petr Cech that left the goalkeeper with a depressed fracture of the skull has not been forgotten at Stamford Bridge despite the six years that have passed since the incident and he was jeered remorselessly throughout his time on the pitch.

With a London derby against Arsenal coming up on Saturday it was great to see the team perform to its capability and finish the match without any injury concerns. Six goals from six different goalscorers - including two netting their first for the club - is always a good indication of an excellent team display with contributions coming from every part of the field and a sign that confidence is high ahead of the huge clash this weekend.

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