Ancelotti, who won the trophy twice with AC Milan, was recruited especially for his Champions League expertise and has justified that faith this season by guiding Chelsea to four consecutive victories in the group stage, leaving them top of Group F with an unassailable 12 points.
Chelsea were quietly formidable in securing their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. This display was awash with know-how and calmness. These are people with perspective who can record a victory without tapping supplies of energies that are hoarded for other competitions.
Chelsea chose to draw on the reserves of credit available to them after banking the full nine points from the first three matches in Group F. John Terry was named purely as a substitute with the manager, Carlo Ancelotti, mindful of Sunday’s fixture at Anfield, particularly since Liverpool are beginning to look dangerous again and could inflict Chelsea’s second Premier League defeat this season.
Anelka 49, Drogba (pen) 62, Ivanovic 66, Ivanovic 90