Rafael Benitez lauded debutant Demba Ba and sub Frank Lampard after Chelsea's dominant FA Cup third round victory at Southampton.
"The first half we had to work but after that little by little the team was getting better,'' he said. "The second half was much better. We played with quality and when you're one goal ahead they have to take more risks.
"It is always important for a striker to score goals but more than just the goals it is the contribution for the team. The understanding of things we were talking about like how to know the movements of other players, he was very clever and could understand everything.''
Ba's display was so impressive that Fernando Torres, a player rejuvenated under Benitez, was left on the bench at St Mary's.
"I prefer this problem than just to have just one,'' the Chelsea boss said when asked if the pair will prove a selection headache. "It is important for the team to have these different options, good players. They can compete or they can play together, depending on the game.
"They can play together I think. He was playing at Newcastle with Papiss Cisse and can do it because he is a clever player.''
As well as Ba's debut goals, St Mary's also bore witness to some history courtesy of a late Lampard penalty. It saw the midfielder equal Kerry Dixon's all-time scoring record of 193 for Chelsea to put him joint second behind Bobby Tambling, whose record haul of 25 FA Cup goals Lampard levelled with in the process.
"It is a great achievement for him and hopefully he can score a lot of goals until the end of the season,'' Benitez said. "We will be happy and he will be happy if that happens.''
Lampard's current deal runs out at the end of the season and asked whether there had been conversations over an extension, Benitez said: "As I said before, Frank is a good professional. He is doing well and is under contract and he is fine. I know they have some conversations sometimes, but the main thing for me as a coach is to get the best out of him and that's it.''
The result was just the tonic for Chelsea after their QPR loss, but tough for the hosts to take. Southampton had lost just two of their last 10 games and Nigel Adkins knows his side were well beaten.
"I thought Chelsea were very good in the second half,'' he said. "I think we started the game brightly, scored a very good goal from Jay Rodriguez. It was a good game to watch from our point of view in the first half.
"There was some good football played and the big killer blow came for us on the stroke of half-time with the goal they've gone and scored. It is fair to say in the second half, Chelsea demonstrated the good players they've got in the team and to give them credit I thought they were very good and took it away from us.
"What he have to do is put the game to bed, move on and look to the next one. We've got a week's recovery and preparation now after a busy fixture period. Hopefully it gives one or two of the lads that have been out a chance to recover and we get ready for Aston Villa.''
A bad afternoon was made worse for Saints when centre-back Jose Fonte was stretchered off in the second half. The Portuguese left St Mary's on crutches and in a leg brace with what Adkins confirmed was a knee injury.
"It is not good when somebody gets stretchered off,'' he said. "He is being assessed now so I don't know the extent of the damage. It is a knee injury he has picked up but I don't know what yet.''