Chelsea returned from their midweek Champions League success at Camp Nou with a 6-1 thumping of Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge, John Terry and Fernando Torres (2) in the opening 25 minutes shot Chelsea into an unassailable first half lead. Torres completed his hat trick in the second half before Florent Malouda added a sixth ahead of Djibril Cisse’s consolation.
Queens Park Rangers were all over the place in the first half and even looked more leggy in the second half than their opposition who had played in Spain midweek. Perhaps Neil Warnock’s old school and outdated training techniques are catching up with the QPR players late in the season?
Daniel Sturridge struck Chelsea in front inside 60 seconds with a rare right-footed shot from 20 yards. Paddy Kenny beaten on his near post. The former Manchester City youngster hasn’t been too productive in the second half of the season; scoring only his second Premier League goal in 2012.
Aside from the opening goal, Sturridge didn’t have the most productive of games; failing to test Kenny again, and creating 2 of Chelsea’s 22 chances created in this match.
The man of the match award goes to Fernando Torres. The Spaniard scored the fourth Premier League hat trick of his career, and first since 2009 (for Liverpool against Hull). The movement of the Chelsea number 9 was good today as was his distribution of the ball.
Roberto Di Matteo has now won 4 of his 8 Premier League games as caretaker manager of Chelsea as they go in hunt of a top 4 finish. Remarkably, this was Chelsea’s first London derby win of the season.
Defeat for Newcastle on Saturday means the Blues are 1 point behind the Magpies with 3 games remaining. The two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.