There was a touch of irony to the fact that after three starts in midfield this season, it was on his return to his more familiar left-back role against Wolves that Ryan Bertrand found the net.
The 23-year-old England international scored with a fine shot to make it 2-0 in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup match at the Bridge, the Blues eventually running out 6-0 winners in the third round tie.
Bertrand recorded his first Chelsea goal in August’s Community Shield match but that was after coming on as a sub. Doubling his career tally against Wolves was a reflection of Chelsea’s attacking domination over an opposition side that had made 10 changes from their weekend league win.
‘I managed to get quite a lot of ball in the first half, it was coming down the left side a bit more than the right and I managed to get on the scoresheet as well,’ said Bertrand after the victory, which started with Gary Cahill’s third-minute header, four minutes before the left-back’s goal.
‘It was a fantastic pass by Juan Mata which Gary managed to meet at the back post, and that got us off to a good start,’ said Mata.
‘We didn’t take our foot off the gas from there, we just kept on going. We knew that if we got off to a good start and played the way we knew we can then hopefully we would come away with a win.’
With Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres and Victor Moses also on target, it was the first time six different names were on the scoresheet since Burnley were beaten 6-2 in the FA Cup in January 1978. Chelsea may have picked more regular first-team choices than Wolves but Roberto Di Matteo still made seven changes to the side that beat Stoke at the weekend. Bertrand has played a part in all but two games this season.
‘The year just keeps getting better for me so as long as I can keep it going I should be able to do good things.
‘We want to keep it going and hopefully repeat the success we had last year. The manager is utilising the squad and rotating it very well, and he chooses the players who can be effective in every game.’