Carlo Ancelotti refused to get carried away with Chelsea's 7-0 FA Cup thrashing of Ipswich yesterday, admitting they needed a run of victories to emerge from their worst slump for almost 15 years.
The Blues went some way to lifting the gloom at Stamford Bridge as they began their defence of the trophy they have won for the past two seasons in emphatic fashion.
The managerless visitors proved ideal cannon fodder for Ancelotti's faltering double winners, who had won just one of their previous nine league games to all but surrender the championship.
The Chelsea boss, who has twice been given votes of confidence by billionaire owner Roman Abramovich in the past fortnight, said: "We needed to have this kind of performance. The result was good and we did a lot of things well in this game - the performance of the team, the strikers scoring again. We don't have to be excited.
"But, obviously, with this victory, our confidence will improve."
Ancelotti's policy of fielding some youngsters in the early rounds of the cup worked well, with Daniel Sturridge and Frank Lampard scoring twice, Salomon Kalou also finding the net and Nicolas Anelka ending the goal drought that has coincided with Chelsea's two months of misery.
Got a view? Leave a comment below.
CLICK HERE FOR The Star subscription offer. Use offer code STAOP0001 to get 25% off.
Follow The Star on Twitter and Facebook:
For breaking news and sport follow The Star on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sheffieldstar and Facebook at www.facebook.com/sheffieldstar.
JOIN THE STAR READER PANEL: The Star is YOUR newspaper, so tell us what you think about it and what you want to see - CLICK HERE.
Don't miss our daily pull-outs - only in the The Star: Monday Star Sport, Tuesday Class Act; Wednesday Business; Thursday Grassroots; Friday Time Out; Saturday Retro. Subscribe to The Star - CLICK HERE
Subscribe to The Star or Green 'Un
Visit our Matchday Centre for free live coverage of every match
ASHES GUIDE: View our FREE Ashes webmag guide online - CLICK HERE.
Football headlines. Football gossip. Blades news Owls news Reds news. Millers news. More rugby. More boxing. Sports columnists.
All sport categories
Watch Premiership highlights, international football, golf, tennis, darts and much more - click here