Chelsea host Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend, and they will enter that match brimming with confidence after their impressive Champions League destruction of Schalke last night.
The resounding 3-0 result was manager Jose Mourinho’s first ever away win in Germany, and he now believes the group topping Blues have recovered from their shock home defeat to Basel, and can realistically win their section.
The Special One cut a satisfied figure after the match, lavishing praise across his team.
He reserved special words for striker Fernando Torres, who enjoyed yet another little new dawn by scoring a brace, which Mourinho thinks could be a sign of things to come.
Goalscorer Eden Hazard also copped some plaudits, as did Chelsea’s rigid defence.
"After that first game [against Basel] we were last and now we are top of the group," Mourinho said last night.
"Because of my experience I was not in hell after the first game and I'm not in heaven today. I'm calm but I know we have two matches at home to come and, normally, we are going to get enough points to qualify. After six points we can think first to qualify and then, after that, maybe also about finishing first in the group. Torres's goals will boost the team, for sure, and that's the most important thing.
"What will boost him is the confidence I have in him. Samuel [Eto'o] played a very good game against Cardiff and scored the decisive goal but I thought Fernando was better adapted for this game. If he didn't play well and the team didn't have a result, people would have asked why we had changed. But I had faith in him and he did well. He must be happy now."
But as pleased as he was with his attacking players, Mourinho was especially chuffed with his defence.
Schalke barely had a sniff all game, and Mou says his own team’s ability to rampage forward was predicated on the hard and clever work done by their defensive cordon.
"Normally you go to the goalscorers, and Fernando and Eden played a very good game, but I think everything started with the way we defended," he said.
"My goalkeeper, my four defenders and Ramires and [Frank] Lampard gave us fantastic stability.
“We know the way Schalke play here and we knew that stability would give us the chance to keep a clean sheet and recover the ball.
"After that, we could find conditions to use the spaces they normally give. The game was good for us. We had a difficult period in the first half, which every team has, and Schalke were dominant then. But we were always very compact after that and solid, controlled the game and were dangerous, and my team deserved the points."