Three points achieved in stylish fashion ensured a pleasant Sunday afternoon for Rafael Benitez.
The manager saw his side record an important victory at home to Swansea courtesy of goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard, with some excellent attacking play leaving a smile across the Spaniard’s face.
On the result and performance
‘Always to win is good,’ he said. ‘To score two goals and a clean sheet at this stage of the season with so many games and to play very good football in attack with our combinations, I am really pleased.
‘We could have scored a third and finished the game but we didn’t. You could see sometimes Swansea had a threat between the lines but to get three points and do it in this way we have to be really pleased.
‘We have to go to the last game, so we have to do our job, win our games, manage the squad and if we can play the attacking football we did especially in the second half I think we will score goals and be okay.
‘The team has to defend as a unit. We have to be compact, protect each other and then we are defending well. Sometimes when they go forward it’s not easy for them to stay together but if we create chances teams will be scared of us.’
On Lampard, who by scoring his 201st Chelsea goal, moves one behind record goalscorer Bobby Tambling
‘Frank is a great player. I’m really pleased because he scored another goal. Hopefully he can score five before the end of the season and he will be much happier. He was important for us; he is a good player and has quality when you control possession.
‘I was talking with him before the game. He is a great professional and really focused. He would like to play more games but understands the main thing is the team.’
On Ramires, who left the game injured on 24 minutes
‘Ramires has a dead leg but I think he will be fine for Thursday.’
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt his side had played well, but lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
‘In five crazy minutes two goals changed completely the game,’ said the Dane. ‘We played well until the last third. The last pass, the last finish needs a little more quality. Sometimes that’s the difference against teams like Chelsea.
‘Against Chelsea we have to be at our best and they need some not at their best. Otherwise you don’t have a chance. For the first goal we lost the ball and five seconds later it was in.’