Carlo Ancelotti claimed
Goals from Anelka, his fifth in
After a disappointing goalless first half, Chelsea increased the tempo and within four minutes of the re-start Anelka had put the Blues ahead. It was his 10th of the season in all competitions and Ancelotti was quick to hail the former
"All the players played a good game," said Ancelotti. "We had more difficulty in the first half, but we played better in the second. Anelka was the key to opening up the game. He scored a fantastic goal - the most important this evening.
"I think he is happy at this moment. He's the same compared to last year and the same Anelka I found when I came here, nothing has changed," said Ancelotti. "He has experience. He maintains very good skill, ability, and speed. Overall he is in the best moment of his career."
Ancelotti insists Chelsea will end up UEFA Champions League winners if they succeed in achieving his 'three steps to heaven'. The victory over the Russians, their fourth straight success in
"There will be a long race getting to the final," added Ancelotti. "When you reach the first aim, which is to win the group, the next aim is to reach the final, and then to win that. I don't know if we can do this, but we have a possibility. We have the motivation to do this, but sometimes you have to be lucky also."